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Tom Mason (American football)

Tom Mason
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive coordinator
Team Hawai'i
Conference Mountain West
Biographical details
Born (1956-09-22) September 22, 1956
Montana
Playing career
1976–1977 Nevada
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1978–1980 Walla Walla CC (DL)
1981–1985 Eastern Washington (LB)
1986–1992 Portland State (DC)
1993–1996 Boise State (DC)
1996 Boise State (Interim HC)
1997 Northern Iowa (DC)
1998 Nevada (DB)
1999 Nevada (DC/DB)
2000 Scottish Claymores (DB)
2000 BC Lions (WR)
2001 Las Vegas Outlaws (LB)
2001–2007 Fresno State (LB)
2008–2014 SMU (DC)
2014 SMU (Interim HC/DC)
2015–Present Hawaii (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall 2–18
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Tom Mason (born 1956) is an American football coach and former player. He is the interim head football coach at Southern Methodist University (SMU), a position he has held since September 8, 2014 upon the resignation of June Jones. Prior he served as SMU's defensive coordinator since 2008. Mason served as the interim head football coach at Boise State University for the first ten games of the 1996 season, compiling a record of 1–9.

Early life, playing career, and education

Mason was born in Montana in 1956. He was a three-sport athlete at Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Washington, lettering in football, basketball, and track. Mason played football as a linebacker and tight end. He went on to play linebacker in college at the University of Nevada, Reno. Mason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and later, while coaching at Eastern Washington University, earned a Master of Science degree in post-secondary education.

Coaching career

As a graduate student, then full-time coach, Mason began his college coaching career at Eastern Washington University, where he worked with linebackers and special teams. He then joined head coach Pokey Allen as defensive coordinator at Portland State University, where the Vikings participated in the NCAA Division II playoffs in six out of seven years with two appearances in the national title game. Following Allen to Boise State as defensive coordinator, Mason coached the 1994 Broncos to the NCAA Division I-A title game. During Boise State's first

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