A resolution recognizing and welcoming Derek Mason as the new Head Football Coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores.

WHEREAS, Derek Mason became the 28th head coach of Vanderbilt football on January 17, 2014 and in accepting the position, he became the second African-American head football coach in the school’s history; and

WHEREAS, Coach Mason began his coaching career in 1994 at Mesa Community College and continued his coaching journey through Weber State, Idaho State, Bucknell, Utah, St. Mary’s, New Mexico State, Ohio, the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL and Stanford before he found himself being named the head coach at Vanderbilt University of the SEC; and

WHEREAS, Coach Mason will have his first SEC home game against the Ole Miss Rebels on September 6, 2014, and his first SEC away game against the Kentucky Wildcats on September 27th; and

WHEREAS, leading an exemplary coaching and support staff, Coach Derek Mason will share his vast knowledge and passion for the game of football with his players at Vanderbilt; and

WHEREAS, Coach Mason is a man of true character and commitment, exemplifies dedication and leadership, respected for his tireless efforts to excel, and is always guided by solid principals and high standards; and

WHEREAS, Coach Mason is joined here in Nashville with his loving wife, Leighanne and his two beautiful daughters; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognize and welcome Derek Mason and wish him much success as he joins the SEC and Vanderbilt University.


Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing and welcoming Derek Mason as the new Head Football Coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Section 2. The Metropolitan Council Office is directed to prepare a copy of this Resolution to be presented to Head Coach Derek Mason.

Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: Edith Taylor Langster, Burkley Allen, Charlie Tygard, Tim Garrett, Megan Barry, Sheri Weiner, Phil Claiborne, Jason Holleman, Ronnie Steine, Peter Westerholm, Karen Bennett, Lonnell Matthews, Erica Gilmore, Karen Johnson, Buddy Baker, Scott Davis, Doug Pardue, Sandra Moore, Chris Harmon, Robert Duvall, Jason Potts, Bill Pridemore, Tony Tenpenny, Walter Hunt, Jerry Maynard, Frank Harrison, Duane Dominy, Davette Blalock, Sheri Weiner, Jacobia Dowell, Bruce Stanley, Emily Evans, Bo Mitchell, Carter Todd, Anthony Davis, Josh Stites


Referred to: Rules & Confirmations Committee
Introduced: March 4, 2014
Adopted: March 4, 2014
Approved: March 5, 2014
By: mayor's signature

Requests for ADA accommodation should be directed to the Metropolitan Clerk at 615/862-6770.