August 28, 1974 |
|Alma mater||Santa Clara University|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1996-1997||West Valley College
Linebackers, defensive backs & special teams
|2004||San Francisco 49ers
Assistant running backs coach
|2005–2010||San Francisco 49ers
Outside linebackers coach
Defensive coordinator & linebackers coach
|2015-2017||San Francisco 49ers
Senior defensive assistant
Defensive coordinator & outside linebackers coach
Early life and playing career
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.  Tarver maintained a close relationship with West Valley's football program and advocated against the cutting of the school's football program, until it ultimately was cut in 2014.
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 February 2012, Tarver was hired by new Raiders head coach Dennis Allen to replace former defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan. 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.
Tarver and his wife Katie have two sons.
NFL head coaches under whom Jason Tarver has served:
- Steve Mariucci, San Francisco 49ers (2001-2002)
- Dennis Erickson, San Francisco 49ers (2003-2004)
- Mike Nolan, San Francisco 49ers (2005-2008)
- Mike Singletary, San Francisco 49ers (2009-2010)
- Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders (2012-2014)
- Jim Tomsula, San Francisco 49ers (2015)
- Chip Kelly, San Francisco 49ers (2016)
- Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers (2017-)
- "Coach Tarver: Lab to the Gridiron". 49ers.com. 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2010.
- "Stanford Announces Changes to Football Coaching Staff" (Press release). Stanford Department of Athletics. February 2, 2011. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
- "Jason Tarver has been named defensive coordinator for The Oakland Raiders". Raiders.com. 2012-02-06.
- "Jason Tarver leaves 49ers to become Vanderbilt's defensive coordinator". ProFootballTalk. 2018-02-08. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
- "Bio: Jason Tarver". Stanford Department of Athletics. Retrieved August 17, 2011.