Entering 2018, Jacob Hales is in his sixth season as an assistant coach with Lewis & Clark. Hales joined the Pioneer football program in 2013 as an assistant coach for the defensive line. Hales was named Co-Defensive Coordinator - Defensive Line in the spring of 2014.
At the end of the 2017 season, the Pioneers had their first All-Northwest Conference First-Team selection (defensive lineman Andrew Werst) since 2013 and the first non-quarterback to earn the recognition since 2011. Lewis & Clark had its most All-NWC picks since 2013 as well including NWC Freshman of the Year Cameron Chang (defensive line). Werst led the Northwest Conference in forced fumbles.
Prior to Lewis & Clark, Hales was a graduate assistant at The University of Texas – El Paso for the three season where he worked under legendary Head Football Coach Mike Price.
He was a three-year starting defensive lineman at UNLV, totaling 86 tackles, 11 tackles for losses and six sacks.
As a senior, he was a recipient of the Tom Wiesner Award for displaying courage, enthusiasm, dedication and toughness. Hales was a strong student as well, garnering placement on the Mountain West Academic All-Conference team all four years.
Hales earned a bachelor's degree in University Studies, with an emphasis in Spanish and Physical Education, from UNLV in 2008.
A Las Vegas native, Hales is working on his master's degree in Bilingual Education at UTEP.