Feb. 2, 2011
STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford's Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football/Head Coach David Shaw has announced the promotions of Derek Mason to associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator and Pep Hamilton to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
In addition, Shaw has named Jason Tarver, who has served on the coaching staff of the San Francisco 49ers for the past 10 seasons, as co-defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach.
Mason made an immediate impact on Stanford's secondary unit in his first season as the Cardinal's defensive backs coach. Under his guidance, Stanford ranked third in the Pac-10 and 35th nationally in pass defense, allowing just 202.0 yards per game. Stanford also ranked second in the Pac-10 and tied for 19th nationally with 18 interceptions, its highest total since the 1996 season (19).
Under Mason's tutelage, junior free safety Delano Howell earned second team all-conference honors while senior cornerback Richard Sherman was an honorable mention selection.
He will continue to work with the defensive backs, in addition to his new duties as associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator.
"Derek is excited about the opportunity to take on a bigger role in leading our team and defense," said Shaw. "He has the utmost respect of our players, who draw upon his energy level and detailed teaching skills. Derek is a guy who we have always leaned on for game planning purposes and to motivate our players to play at their highest level."
Hamilton, who served as the Cardinal's wide receivers coach last season, served as the quarterbacks coach with the Chicago Bears for three seasons (2007-09) and also gained NFL experience in coaching stints with the San Francisco 49ers (2006), New York Jets (2003-05), Baltimore Ravens (2002), Washington Redskins (2001) and Kansas City Chiefs (2000).
Under his direction, Stanford boasted one of the deepest receiving corps in the nation last season, despite being without the services of talented junior Chris Owusu for most of the season. A total of 17 players caught passes, including 10 who hauled in at least one touchdown pass from Heisman Trophy runner-up quarterback Andrew Luck.
Hamilton's receivers, along with the tight ends, combined to catch a school-record 32 touchdowns in 2010, as Stanford set single-season record for scoring (524), scoring average (40.3) and total offense (6,142).
"Pep is more than ready for this job," said Shaw. "He did a great job for us last year. He brought new concepts to our offense, which were invaluable for us in the red zone and was a big part of our success in the passing game all season."
Stanford ranked ninth in red zone efficiency in 2010, converting on 89 percent (62-70) of its trips inside the 20 yard line, coming away with 48 touchdowns and 14 field goals.
Tarver joined the 49ers in 2001 and served as the team's offensive quality control coach for three seasons (2001-03). He was promoted to assistant running backs/offensive assistant coach in 2004 and for the last six seasons, has served as San Francisco's outside linebacker's coach.
Under Tarver's guidance in 2009, the 49ers outside linebackers recorded 15 takeaways, 17.5 sacks and nine forced fumbles, setting the edge for a run defense that ranked sixth-best in the NFL. Linebacker Manny Lawson enjoyed a breakout season as he led the team with a career high 6.5 sacks, while Ahmad Brooks recorded a career best 6.0 sacks. Parys Haralson also posted 5.0 sacks. Both Lawson and Brooks recorded four forced fumbles, which tied the 49ers single season record. The 49ers finished the season ranked tied for third in the NFL in sacks (44), tied for first in forced fumbles (21) and fourth in points allowed per game (17.6).
In 2007, Tarver played an instrumental role in the development of Haralson, who was elevated to a starting role after Lawson was lost for the season with injury during the second week of the season. A year later, Haralson led the team with a career-high 8.0 sacks, a total which tied for second among NFC linebackers.
Prior to joining the 49ers in 2001, Tarver spent three seasons (1998-2000) as a graduate assistant coach at UCLA, where he worked primarily with the defensive backs while assisting with the special teams. During his tenure with the Bruins, three defensive backs - cornerbacks Ricky Manning and Jason Bell along with safety Marques Anderson - joined the NFL ranks.
A Northern California native, Tarver played football at West Valley Junior College in Pleasanton in 1994 and '95 before injuries cut short his career. He spent the 1996 and '97 seasons as an assistant coach on the West Valley staff, tutoring linebackers, defensive backs and special teams.
Born in Stanford Hospital, Tarver earned his bachelors of science degree in chemistry from in 1997 from Santa Clara University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also earned his master's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from UCLA and received the departmental prize for distinguished teaching in 1998 and 2000.
"Jason's 10 years of NFL experience is huge for us," said Shaw. "The very fact that he teaches and motivates at such a high level, along with the tremendous excitement he has for the game and his players, makes his a great fit for Stanford.
"He has been very successful in training linebackers for the system we run. His hiring was a no-brainer. We are very excited to have Jason on board."