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Tom Mason
Linebackers Coach

Mason brings a wealth of experience from the college ranks to the Outlaws 2001 coaching staff, coming to the XFL from the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League, where he began last season as the teams receivers coach.

A native of Moore, Montana, Mason served as the University of Nevada-Renos defensive coordinator in 1998 and 1999. Prior to coaching for his alma mater, Mason was at Northern Iowa for one season as defensive coordinator, and from 1993-96 he served as the defensive coordinator at Boise State University, a stint which included interim head coaching duties in 1996. His 1994 Bronco defense advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA Championship Game, led the nation in pass defense and finished second in the country in overall defense.

His longest coaching tenure was at Portland State University, where he was the Vikings defensive coordinator from 1986-93. His defense helped lead the Vikings to six consecutive conference championships and qualify for the playoffs in five of his seven seasons at the helm. Portland State advanced for the NCAA Division II semifinals on four separate occasions, finishing as national runners-up twice.

Mason also worked for four years at Eastern Washington as the linebackers and special teams coach (1981-85). His coaching career started in 1978 at Walla Walla Community College, where he oversaw the defensive line and led one of his former schools to three consecutive conference championships.

As a player, Mason was a linebacker at the University of Nevada (Reno) during the 1976 and 1977 campaigns after playing at the University of Idaho in 1974 and for Walla Walla in 1975. He has a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Washington.

Tom and his wife, Jami, have been married for 16 years and have one daughter, Brenna (8).


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