Tom Mason (American football)

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Tom Mason
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive coordinator
Team Hawai'i
Conference Mountain West
Biographical details
Born (1956-09-22) September 22, 1956 (age 58)
Playing career
1976–1977 Nevada
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Walla Walla CC (DL)
Eastern Washington (LB)
Portland State (DC)
Boise State (DC)
Boise State (Interim HC)
Northern Iowa (DC)
Nevada (DB)
Nevada (DC/DB)
Scottish Claymores (DB)
BC Lions (WR)
Las Vegas Outlaws (LB)
Fresno State (LB)
SMU (Interim HC/DC)
Hawaii (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall 2–18

Tom Mason (born 1956) is an American football coach and former player. He is the interim head football coach at Southern Methodist University (SMU), a position he has held since September 8, 2014 upon the resignation of June Jones. Prior he served as SMU's defensive coordinator since 2008. Mason served as the interim head football coach at Boise State University for the first ten games of the 1996 season, compiling a record of 1–9.

Early life, playing career, and education[edit]

Mason was born in Montana in 1956. He was a three-sport athlete at Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Washington, lettering in football, basketball, and track. Mason played football as a linebacker and tight end. He went on to play linebacker in college at the University of Nevada, Reno. Mason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and later, while coaching at Eastern Washington University, earned a Master of Science degree in post-secondary education.

Coaching career[edit]

As a graduate student, then full time coach, Mason began his college coaching career at Eastern Washington University, where he worked with linebackers and special teams. He then joined head coach Pokey Allen as defensive coordinator at Portland State University, where the Vikings participated in the NCAA Division II playoffs in six out of seven years with two appearances in the national title game. Following Allen to Boise State as defensive coordinator, Mason coached the 1994 Broncos to the NCAA Division I-A title game. During Boise State's first year as a Division I football program, Mason served as Boise State's interim head coach for the first ten games of the 1996 season while Allen was on leave of absence battling with cancer.

Returning to his alma mater, the University of Nevada, Reno, Mason continued in the role as defensive coordinator. After stints in the Canadian Football League with the BC Lions and the XFL, Mason returned to the collegiate level as linebackers coach at Fresno State University before returning to the role of defensive coordinator at SMU.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Boise State Broncos (Big West Conference) (1996)
1996 Boise State 1–9[n 1] 0–3[n 1] [n 1]
Boise State: 1–9 0–3
SMU Mustangs (American Athletic Conference) (2014)
2014 SMU 1–9[n 2] 1–7 T–10th
SMU: 1–9 1–7
Total: 2–18


  1. ^ a b c Mason served as interim head coach for the first ten games of the season while Pokey Allen was on a leave of absence. Allen returned for the final two games.
  2. ^ Mason served as interim head coach after June Jones resigned.


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