Source: Stanford to use two defensive coordinators

Source: Stanford to use two defensive coordinators

Jan. 27, 2011STANFORD PAGEScott Reiss

Stanford will use defensive coordinator by committee this year, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area has learned from a source close to the situation.

The two men at the helm of the defense will be Jason Tarver and Derek Mason.

Tarver, 36, has spent the past 10 years with the 49ers and the last six as outside linebackers coach. First hired as an offensive quality control coach under Steve Mariucci in 2001, Tarver has worked under Mariucci, Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary.

Tarver played defensive back and wing back at Pleasanton's Foothill High. He attended Santa Clara University, but played football at Saratoga's West Valley College in 1994 and 1995 after the Broncos eliminated the football.

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Tarver served as an as an assistant coach (1996-97) at West Valley College, where he worked with linebackers, defensive backs and special teams.

He brings a distinguished academic background to the Stanford campus. He holds a bachelors degree in chemistry from Santa Clara and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received a masters degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from UCLA.

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Mason joined Stanford last season, leaving the Minnesota Vikings to become the Cardinal's secondary coach.

In three seasons as the Minnesota Vikings assistant defensive backs coach, the Vikings established themselves as one of the top defenses in the NFL. In 2009, the Vikings ranked second in the league in total defense and ranked third in passing defense.
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The former Northern Arizona University standout 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's lineup: Healy to DH, Plouffe back on the hot corner vs Astros

A's lineup: Healy to DH, Plouffe back on the hot corner vs Astros

Bob Melvin is making no changes to his lineup in Game 1 against the Astros, but the manager did make one defensive change.

Oakland A's (10-12)

1. Jaff Decker (L) CF
2. Matt Joyce (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) DH
7. Stephen Vogt (L) C
8. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Jharel Cotton -- RHP

Houston Astros (14-8)

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
6. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
7. Evan Gattis (R) C
8. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
9. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
Charlie Morton -- RHP

Sharks' Vlasic joins Canada for World Championships


Sharks' Vlasic joins Canada for World Championships

Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic will compete in the upcoming IIHF World Championships for Team Canada, it was announced on Friday.

The tournament runs from May 5-21 in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany. 

Vlasic, 30, a native of Montreal, has played in the tournament twice before in 2009 and 2012. He also represented Canada in the 2014 Olympic Games, helping it to a gold medal, and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which Canada also captured.

In 75 games with the Sharks this season, Vlasic posted 28 points (6g, 22a) and a +4 rating. He was second on the team in shorthanded time on ice (2:04 per game) and blocked shots (146).

A pending restricted free agent in 2018, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson called getting Vlasic signed to a long-term deal an offseason priority for the club. The two sides can begin negotiations on July 1.

“Vlasic [is] arguably one of the best defensemen in the league,” Wilson said. “[He] is still one of the most underrated players in the league in the outside world.”

The Sharks lost in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs to Edmonton, although Vlasic and partner Justin Braun helped to keep Connor McDavid in check at even strength. The league's leading scorer had just one even strength point in the six-game series, an empty net goal with less than one second left in Game 6.