Former Camelback Athlete Named Vanderbilt Football Coach

Posted by Community Relations Department on 2/5/2014

Former Camelback student-athlete Derek Mason (Class of ’87) was named the head football coach for Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., January 17.  Mason, 44, was the defensive coordinator at Stanford, one of the top defensive units in college football.  He played college football at Northern Arizona University 1987-91, starting at defensive back his final two years.  This is his first head coaching job.  He has coached in the NFL with Minnesota, St. Louis, New York Giants and Oakland Raiders.  His college assistant jobs include Ohio University, New Mexico State, Utah, Bucknell, Idaho State, Weber State and San Diego Mesa College.  Mason inherits a Commodore team that has back-to-back nine-win seasons, despite playing in the tough Southeastern Conference.

“Therewas only one place,” Mason said at his introductory press conference.  “When this job at Vanderbilt cameavailable I wanted that job.  Thisjob means everything to me.  Thisis where I want to be.  This iswhere I plan on spending the rest of my career.”