Middle Tennessee hires former Vandy coach Derek Mason as soccer coach

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Middle Tennessee has employed former Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason because the fifteenth head coach within the Blue Raiders’ historical past.

“It is my job and my responsibility to help move the legacy forward,” Mason stated Wednesday morning at a information convention.

Middle Tennessee signed Mason to a five-year contract. He spent this season working for the SEC Network as an analyst. He was defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State in 2022 and had the identical job at Auburn in 2021.

Mason coached Vanderbilt between 2014 and 2020, changing into the second coach within the Southeastern Conference program’s historical past to earn a number of bowl berths. He received six video games in 2016 with SEC wins over Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. and likewise received six video games in 2018, together with a 3rd straight over in-state rival Tennessee.

He additionally was defensive coordinator at Stanford.

Mason replaces Rick Stockstill, who was fired Nov. 27 after 18 seasons at Middle Tennessee.

Athletic director Chris Massaro cited Mason’s expertise as a head coach, teaching aggressive defenses and deep ties to varsity soccer for this rent.

“Mason’s vision for MTSU football fits exactly what we were looking for during our interview process,” Massaro stated. “Coach Mason is no stranger to the mid-state community and we expect his connections to allow him and his staff to hit the ground running as our 15th head football coach.”

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