A day after National Signing Day, Vanderbilt announced that it would be adding four coaches to its staff.
The school announced the hiring of Jason Tarver as defensive coordinator, Aaron Moorhead as wide receivers coach, Terrence Brown as cornerbacks coach and Shawn Mennenga as special teams coordinator.
The hiring of Tarver means that Mason will be surrendering play-calling duties for the defensive side of the ball. Tarver and Mason worked together while at Stanford. Tarver served as the Oakland Raiders’ defensive coordinator from 2012-14 before spending the last 3 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.
Mason had been his own defensive coordinator since 2015. He was the only coordinator in the league to do such a thing.
“Jason is as smart a football coach as I’ve had the chance to be around. We had a chance to work together at Stanford and had the chance to partner up and put together some pretty good defenses,” Mason said in a statement. “He makes complex football seem real easy. At this level you have to get it to the [student-athletes] fast, quick and have them believe it. His presence from the NFL will translate to where we’re at here at Vanderbilt. He’s extremely bright. He’s charismatic. His energy is going to be infectious for this group.”
Moorhead was the wide receivers coach at Texas A&M for the past three seasons, help coaching the likes of Christian Kirk. Vanderbilt saw its old wide receivers coach Cortez Hankton leave for a job on Georgia’s staff.
Brown also has ties to Mason through Stanford, as he played for the Commodores coach while he was the defensive coordinator. Brown had most recently served as a graduate assistant at Washington.
Mennenga had been with the Cleveland Browns for the last 7 seasons, working as a special teams assistant.
Vanderbilt begins its spring football practices on Feb. 26. The Commodores went 5-7 last season.