A former NFL player and standout at Division I Virginia, Tavon Mason returns to the Mustangs staff for his fifth season as an assistant at Stevenson in 2018 working with the cornerbacks.
A 2002 graduate of Virginia, Mason played three years for the Cavaliers from 1999-2001, including the final two under Al Groh and alongside quarterback Matt Schaub and running back Thomas Jones. He appeared in 34 career games as a wide receiver and kick returner. He hauled in 50 receptions for 596 yards and four touchdowns in his career while totaling 44 kick returns for an average of 22.8 yards per return, including a 100-yard touchdown in a 39-38 victory over No. 20 Georgia Tech on Nov. 10, 2001. He also played in the 2000 Jeep O’ahu Bowl and the 1999 MicronPC.com Bowl.
Mason was signed as a rookie free agent by the New York Jets on Apr. 26, 2002. He spent the 2002 and 2003 training camp with the Jets, appearing in all eight preseason games, but was released following both.
A Baltimore native, Mason was a standout at Woodlawn High School where he played tailback, defensive back and quarterback. He earned All-State, All-Metro, All-County and All-City honors and was chosen as his team’s Most Valuable Player and team captain three times. He rushed for 3,300 yards and 46 touchdowns during his career while totaling 485 yards receiving and 340 yards passing. He was inducted into the Woodlawn High School Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame and participated in the Chesapeake Classic and the Mason-Dixon Shriner’s All-Star Game.
Mason also lettered in track and field, earning All-County honors. He finished third in the state in the 100 meters where he was the county and region champion.
Off the field, Mason is the CEO and founder of the Mason Loves the Kid’s Foundation to promote health, fitness, education and the importance of being active for at least an hour a day. He is also a paraeducator at Parkville High School and a part-time instructor at Trellis Services.