April 9, 1950|
Colonia, New Jersey
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1972||Ball State (GA)|
|1974||Ball State (DL)|
|1975–1976||Iowa State (OL/TE)|
|1978–1985||Ohio State (OC/OL/LB)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
MAC Coach of the Year (1986)|
2x Big Eight Coach of the Year (1991, 1995)
Big Ten Coach of the Year (1999)
Glen Orin Mason (born April 9, 1950) is a former American football player and coach. Mason served as the head football coach at Kent State University from 1986 to 1987, the University of Kansas from 1988 to 1996, and the University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2006, compiling a career college football record of 123–121–1.
Mason played college football at Ohio State University, graduating in 1972 with a B.A. in education. He was a linebacker on the depth chart behind Randy Gradishar, Stan White, Vic Koegel, Arnie Jones, and Rick Middleton.
Mason served as an assistant coach at Ball State University, Allegheny College, Iowa State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Ohio State University. He served as the outside linebackers coach and the offensive line coach at Ohio State in 1978 and 1979. In 1980, he was promoted to offensive coordinator of the Buckeyes and remained in that position through the 1985 season.
Mason was head coach for Kent State University in 1986 and 1987 and the University of Kansas from 1988 to 1996. In 1995, as Kansas prepared for the Aloha Bowl against UCLA, Mason accepted the head coaching position at the University of Georgia. Mason had a change of heart and stayed with the Jayhawks, but left for the University of Minnesota one season later. His first game with Minnesota in 1997 was against Hawaii, at Aloha Stadium where the Aloha Bowl's successor, the Hawaii Bowl is played. Minnesota lost the game, 17–3.
In January 2002, Mason was named the president of the American Football Coaches Association. He was the third Minnesota coach to be awarded this honor joining Bernie Bierman (1935) and Murray Warmath (1968). On December 31, 2006, Minnesota fired Mason immediately following the Gophers' 44–41 overtime loss to Texas Tech in the 2006 Insight Bowl, a game in which the Gophers blew a 38–7 third-quarter lead. At the end of the 2006 season, he had a career record of 123–121–1.
Following his tenure at Minnesota, Mason is a college football analyst and broadcaster for the Big Ten Network.
Mason has five children and lives in the suburbs of Minneapolis. His middle name is Orin; he was named after his father. When on summer break from school, he worked part-time for the Newark Evening News, defunct since 1973.
Head coaching record
|Kent State Golden Flashes (Mid-American Conference) (1986–1987)|
|Kansas Jayhawks (Big Eight Conference/Big 12 Conference) (1988–1996)|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten Conference) (1997–2006)|
|2002||Minnesota||8–5||3–5||7th||W Music City|
|2004||Minnesota||7–5||3–5||8th||W Music City|
|2005||Minnesota||7–5||4–4||7th||L Music City|
Assistant coaches under Glen Mason who became NCAA head coaches:
- Rod Carey: Northern Illinois (2012–present)
- Mark Dantonio: Cincinnati (2004–2006), Michigan State (2007–present)
- Joker Phillips: Kentucky (2010–2012)
- Kevin Sumlin: Houston (2008–2011), Texas A&M (2012–2017), Arizona (2018-Present)