Jason Tarver

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Jason Tarver
Current position
Title Linebackers coach
Team San Francisco 49ers
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-08-28) August 28, 1974 (age 41)
Place of birth Stanford, California
Career information
College West Valley College
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1996–1997 West Valley College
(Linebackers/Defensive Backs/Special Teams)
1998–2000 UCLA
(Graduate Assistant)
2001–2003 San Francisco 49ers
(Offensive Quality Control)
2004 San Francisco 49ers
(Asst. Running Backs/Offensive Assistant)
2005–2010 San Francisco 49ers
(Outside Linebackers)
2011 Stanford University
(Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)
2012–2014 Oakland Raiders
(Defensive Coordinator)
2015–present San Francisco 49ers

Jason Tarver (born August 28, 1974) is an American football coach who is currently the linebackers coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

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.


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


  1. ^ "Coach Tarver: Lab to the Gridiron". 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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Preceded by
Chuck Bresnahan
Oakland Raiders Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Ken Norton Jr.