Vandy completes coaching staff

Who knew that building a coaching staff for Derek Mason’s second season in Nashville was going to be quite so interesting?

After Todd Lyght became one of the shortest tenured employees in the history of Vanderbilt University, Mason had to once again search around to complete his coaching staff. On Thursday Mason announced that Marc Mattioli will be filling the position of defensive secondary coach. This is an important position on the staff as Mason will have to trust his defensive position coaches implicitly as he tries to juggle to dual roles of head coach and defensive coordinator in 2015.

It is probably no surprise therefore that Mason picked Mattioli to coach the safeties as the two have a working relationship from when they were on the same staff at Stanford. The move also means that Brett Maxie, who was initially brought in to coach the safeties, will instead be looking after the cornerbacks in a slightly rejigged coaching move.

Mason had the following to say about Mattioli, who was a defensive quality control assistant at Stanford last fall, when announcing the move.

"Marc is one of the bright young defensive minds in college football today. I was very impressed during our time together at Stanford," Mason said in a release to announce the move. "Marc also has great command of our defense and truly understands my expectations for how the Vanderbilt defense should perform."

On paper the hiring of Mattioli seems to tick all the right boxes in what you would want from a positional coach. He is young, energetic, and hungry to impress and help to build the Vanderbilt program. The defense he worked with at Stanford last fall finished second nationally in scoring defense and eighth nationally in passing defense. The Cardinal also intercepted as many passes as they allowed touchdowns through the air (12).

Exactly how much Mattioli has to do with those numbers given his rather ambiguous title at Stanford is unclear. What is obvious however is he comes from a winning culture and will have picked up plenty of knowledge to transfer to his players in Nashville. Top Stories