Jason Tarver

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Jason Tarver
San Francisco 49ers
Position: Senior defensive assistant
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-08-28) August 28, 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth: Stanford, California
Career information
High school: Pleasanton (CA) Foothill
College: West Valley College
Career history
As coach:

Jason Tarver (born August 28, 1974) is an American football coach who is currently the senior defensive assistant for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL).

Early life and playing career[edit]

Tarver attended Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California and graduated in 1993. After graduating from high school, he attended Santa Clara University from 1992 to 1997. Since Santa Clara had cut their football team after the 1992 season, Tarver decided to play defensive back at West Valley College for the 1994–1995 seasons. He graduated from Santa Clara with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry in 1997.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career ended, Tarver served as outside linebackers, defensive backs, and special teams coach at West Valley for the 1996 and 1997 seasons, and as a graduate assistant at UCLA for the 1998 through 2000 seasons, while pursuing his master's degree. Tarver was hired as an Offensive Quality Control coach for the 49ers in 2001, and served as outside linebackers coach until 2010.

In 2011, Tarver was named co-defensive coordinator on David Shaw's staff at Stanford.[2]

In February 2012, Tarver was hired by new Raiders head coach Dennis Allen to replace former defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan.[3] In Tarver's first season as Raiders defensive coordinator, the defense improved from 29th overall in 2011 to 18th in 2012. In 2013, Tarver was fined for making an obscene gesture toward an official during a game.

In 2015, Tarver was hired as linebackers coach under San Francisco 49er head coach Jim Tomsula. Tarver stayed on under new head coach Chip Kelly in 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Tarver and his wife Katie have two sons.[4]

Coaching tree[edit]

NFL head coaches under whom Jason Tarver has served:


  1. ^ "Coach Tarver: Lab to the Gridiron". 49ers.com. 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Stanford Announces Changes to Football Coaching Staff" (Press release). Stanford Department of Athletics. February 2, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jason Tarver has been named defensive coordinator for The Oakland Raiders". Raiders.com. 2012-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Bio: Jason Tarver". Stanford Department of Athletics. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 

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