Report: Derek Mason making big changes to Vanderbilt staff
After a brutal 3-9 season, Vanderbilt decided to retain Derek Mason for 2020.
Although Mason is staying put, it appears that the Vanderbilt head coach is shaking up his staff in a major way. According to multiple reports, including the Vanderbilt Hustler, Mason has fired offensive coordinator Gerry Gdowski and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver.
“I’d like to express my appreciation of the commitment and sacrifices that Gerry and Jason made to this program and our student-athletes,” Head Coach Derek Mason said in a statement, per the report.
Gdowski has coached at Vanderbilt since Derek Mason arrived in 2014. He has served in a number of different positions, including most recently offensive coordinator. Tarver, on the other hand, was brought to Nashville in 2018 to call the defensive plays.
The Commodores finished 125th in the nation on offense, averaging just 16.5 points per game. The defense finished 96th in the nation in scoring defense giving up nearly 32 points per game.
Mason will be entering his seventh season as the Commodores head coach in 2020. Over the last six seasons, Mason has compiled a 27-47 overall record, including a 10-38 overall record in the SEC.