Less than a week after parting ways with three assistants, Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason made another change to his coaching staff on Monday.
Mason announced that he would not retain defensive coordinator and inside linebacker coach David Kotulski moving forward. Mason and Kotulski first coached together as defensive assistants at Bucknell in the late 1990’s. Kotulski then coached linebackers at Stanford while Mason was the Cardinal’s defensive coordinator. Mason then brought him over to Vanderbilt when Mason was hired in January.
“David is a very close friend and a true mentor,” Mason said in a statement. “Few coaches have impacted my career and knowledge of defensive schemes as much as Coach Kotulski. I greatly appreciate his service to our program in the last year.”
After going 3-9 and not winning a game in SEC play in his first year as head coach, Mason announced last Wednesday that offensive coordinator Karl Donnell, wide receivers coach Marc Lubick and strength coach Bill Hughan would not be retained.
The Commodoes were 70th nationally in total defense this season, allowing an average of 402.1 yards per game. Additionally, Mason’s team was No. 103 nationally out of 125 teams in scoring defense by allowing 33.3 points per game.
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