Who is Derek Mason?

Reports are circulating that Vanderbilt has requested permission to interview Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason. Who is this Derek Mason and how could he help Vanderbilt?

Age: (estimated 39 YO)

Current occupation: Director of Defense, Stanford

Alma Mater: Northern Arizona (1992)


2013-Current Stanford: Willie Shaw Director of Defense
2011-12 Stanford: Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator
2010 Stanford: Assistant Coach
2007-09 Minnesota Vikings: Defensive Backs Assistant
2005-06 Ohio: Wide Receivers
2004 New Mexico State: Wide Receivers
2003 Saint Mary's: Co-Defensive Coordinator, Assistant Head Coach
2002 Utah: Wide Receivers, Special Teams Assistant
1999-01 Bucknell: Defensive Backs
1997-98 Idaho State: Running Backs
1995-96 Weber State: Wide Receivers
1994 San Diego Mesa College: Wide Receivers

Achievements: 2012 Broyles Award finalist. Under Mason's leadership in 2012, his defense broke Stanford's single-season sacks record (57) and led the Pac-12 in scoring defense (17.21), total defense (336.21), rushing defense (97.0), sacks (4.07) and tackles for loss (9.00).

Why hire him? Mason coaches at an elite academic university, similar to Vanderbilt. He's been coaching and recruiting the same type of players (good students) that Vanderbilt traditionally pursues. Stanford has been a powerhouse program the past few years and Mason could help the Commodores get to that next level (top 10 and top 1/3 of the SEC). He also has NFL coaching experience which would help in recruiting elite players.

Why not to hire him? Mason is a West Coast guy. Like Franklin he might bolt to his old stomping grounds after a few years.

VandyMania's take: Would be a solid hire.


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