Stanford suffered its most significant loss of the offseason Friday when defensive coordinator Derek Mason left to become Vanderbilt’s head coach. Mason, the architect of Stanford’s first-class defense the past two years, will become the fifth African-American head coach in the history of the Southeastern Conference.
The hire was reported by The Tennessean, which received confirmation from a member of the school’s search committee. Stanford confirmed Mason’s departure Friday afternoon.
Vanderbilt, which lost coach James Franklin to Penn State, also considered former Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, currently in the same post with the Indianapolis Colts.
Mason, who grew up in Phoenix and attended Northern Arizona, joined Stanford’s staff in 20https://hendersonvilleonline.com0 as the secondary coach. He was elevated to the role of coordinator by Shaw a year later, when Vic Fangio followed Jim Harbaugh to the 49ers.
Mason was a finalist for the 20https://hendersonvilleonline.com2 Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant coach.