Tom Mason (American football)

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Tom Mason
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Linebacker coach
Team Memphis Express
Biographical details
Born (1956-09-22) September 22, 1956 (age 62)
Playing career
1976–1977 Nevada
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1978–1980 Walla Walla CC (DL)
1981–1985 Eastern Washington (LB)
1986–1992 Portland State (DC)
1993–1996 Boise State (DC)
1996 Boise State (interim HC)
1997 Northern Iowa (DC)
1998 Nevada (DB)
1999 Nevada (DC/DB)
2000 Scottish Claymores (DB)
2000 BC Lions (WR)
2001 Las Vegas Outlaws (LB)
2001–2007 Fresno State (LB)
2008–2014 SMU (DC)
2014 SMU (interim HC / DC)
2015 Hawaii (DC/ILB)
2016–2018 UTEP (DC/LB)
2019–present Memphis Express (LB)
Head coaching record
Overall 2–18

Thomas Ray Mason (born 1956) is an American football coach and former player. He served as the interim head football coach at Southern Methodist University (SMU) for the final 10 games of the 2014 season upon the resignation of June Jones, compiling a record of 1–9. Before that, he had been SMU's defensive coordinator since 2008. Mason also 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.

He currently serves as the linebackers coach of the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).

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. After his interim head coaching tenure at SMU in 2014, he became the defensive coordinator at the University of Hawaii for the 2015 season but was reassigned to an administrative role before the end of the season.

In October 2018, Mason was named linebackers coach for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).[1]

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.


  1. ^ Greer, Jarvis (October 9, 2018). "Memphis Express names assistant coaches". WMC-TV. Retrieved October 13, 2018.

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