Ron Turner and Derek Mason Added to Cardinal Coaching Staff

Feb. 17, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football and head coach Jim Harbaugh announced the appointments of Ron Turner and Derek Mason to the Stanford coaching staff for the 2010 season.

Turner, who previously served as the offensive coordinator in two different stints with the Chicago Bears along with head coaching assignments at San Jose State and Illinois, will serve as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach.

Mason, who has spent the last three seasons as the assistant defensive backs coach with the Minnesota Vikings, will serve as defensive backs coach.

In addition, Greg Roman, who joined the staff prior to last season as offensive tackles and tight ends coach, has been promoted to associate head coach and will also serve as assistant head coach of the offense. He will continue to work with the offensive tackles and tight ends.

David Shaw, who has worked with the wide receivers for the past three seasons, will now serve as running backs coach in addition to continuing as offensive coordinator.

Lance Anderson, who has worked with the defensive tackles for the last three seasons, will assume coaching responsibilities with the outside linebackers and will continue in his role as recruiting coordinator.

The additions of Turner and Mason give Stanford five new members to its coaching staff for the 2010 season, along with Vic Fangio (defensive coordinator/linebackers), Randy Hart (defensive line) and Brian Polian (special teams coordinator).

After serving as the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears for the last five seasons, Turner returns for his second stint at Stanford, where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1989-91 on Denny Green's staff. His 24 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level include head coaching positions at San Jose State (1992) and Illinois (1997-2004).

During his nine years over two separate stints as offensive coordinator of the Bears from 1993-96 and 2005-09, Turner directed six of the top 24 offenses in the franchise history and helped the club to an appearance in Super Bowl XLI.

In 2008, the Bears scored 375 points, tied for seventh-most in franchise history. The 2006 season saw Chicago lead the NFC while tying for second in the NFL with 427 points, the second-highest single-season scoring total in team annals.

Turner's offenses have contributed to three of Chicago's top-four passing attacks of all time and six of the top 16. In 2008, Chicago totaled 3,061 net passing yards, 16th most in team annals. In 2007, the Bears finished with 3,362 net passing yards, third-most in team history. A year earlier, Chicago totaled the fourth-most net passing yards (3,281) and sixth-most touchdown passes (24) in a season in team history. In 1995, during Turner's first tenure with the team, the Bears totaled 3,743 net passing yards, second most in team annals.

Following his stint with the Bears, the Martinez, Calif., native was appointed head coach at the University of Illinois, where he compiled a 35-57 record and guided the Illini to a pair of bowl bids, highlighted by a Big Ten title in 2001 and an appearance in the 2002 Sugar Bowl. The unanimous 2001 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Turner presided over three of the top six offenses in Illini history in terms of total yards while four of his eight Illinois squads currently rank in the school's top 11 for scoring, including a school-record 390 points in 2001. Three of the top-six all-time leading rushers at Illinois and three of the school's top-10 all-time leading receivers played during the Turner era. There were over 20 former Illini who played under Turner on NFL rosters at the end of the 2007 season.

Turner's one-year stint as the head coach at San Jose State saw the Spartans finish with a 7-4 record, marking the program's best record in six years. The Spartan offense also churned out 400 yards per game while averaging 30 points a contest, good for 15th in the nation.

His appointment at San Jose State came after coordinating the Stanford offense for three years under Dennis Green.

A 1977 graduate of the University of the Pacific, Turner has also held coaching positions at Arizona (1978-80), Northwestern (1981-82), Pittsburgh (1983-84), Southern California (1985-87), Texas A&M (1988) in addition to his stays at Stanford, San Jose State and Illinois.

'Not only does Ron Turner have a great deal of familiarity with Stanford University, but he also was my coordinator and position coach in Chicago, and I have long held a tremendous amount of respect for the job he does,' said Harbaugh.

'Ron brings an unmatched level of professionalism and experience. Ron cares for the welfare of his players and treats them with respect, not only while together but also after their playing days are over - something I learned firsthand in Chicago while he was my coach and friend. Two decades later, he remains a mentor. Ron is a teacher and expert of the game. I am excited for our players to be exposed to his teaching, as well as his fresh ideas and concepts on offense.'

A 16-year coaching veteran, Mason has spent the last three seasons as the assistant defensive backs coach with the Minnesota Vikings. Last season, the Vikings ranked second in the NFL in total defense (252.5) and ranked third in passing defense (172.5). The ability to play the run by the Vikings defensive backs also helped Minnesota rank second in the NFL in rushing defense during the 2009 campaign.

Mason has also held assistant coaching positions at Mesa Community College (1994), Weber State (1995-96), Idaho State (1997-98), Bucknell (1999-2001), Utah (2002), St. Mary's College (2003), New Mexico State (2004) and Ohio University (2005-06).

A 1992 graduate of Northern Arizona, the Phoenix native was a two-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Lumberjacks from 1988-91. During Mason's playing days at NAU, the Lumberjacks staff included future NFL coaches Brad Childress, Marty Mornhinweg and Bill Callahan.

'Though I have never previously worked or played with Derek, that does not have to be a prerequisite for finding a great coach,' said Harbaugh. 'The hiring of Derek, as with all of the new additions on this staff, has been the product of diligent and exhaustive research and a true team effort by our staff and coaches to identify the best coaches we could bring to Stanford.

'Lance Anderson has worked with Derek, and that very positive experience has been confirmed unanimously by every person across football who has worked with him. Derek is a tremendous person, an outstanding teacher, a spiritual model, a strong communicator, a hard worker and a consummate winner. I feel very confident that we hired the best secondary coach for Stanford in the country.'

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