Mason Miller | Washington State University

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Team: Washington State University
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Offensive Line Coach

Biography

Mason Miller enters his second season on Coach Leach’s coaching staff as the offensive line coach. 

Miller arrived in Pullman after serving one year as Nevada’s offensive line coach, under first-year coach Jay Norvell. No stranger to the Air Raid system, Miller has spent the majority of his career coaching in that style of offense, working with both Leach and Hal Mumme, two of the Air Raid’s architects.

In his first season with Cougars, Miller’s group developed into one of the nation’s best offensive lines, protecting the nation’s top passing attack, blocking for 24 rushing touchdowns and allowed just 13 sacks, the eighth-fewest sacks allowed in the country. WSU’s group up front was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Joe Moore Award, given to the nation’s best offensive line, while three players earned All-Pac-12 Conference honors. Left tackle Andre Dillard led the way earning All-Pac-12 first-team honors, was later named to the All-America Second Team by SI.com, was rated the top pass-blocking tackle in the country by ProFootballFocus and was a first-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2019 NFL Draft, the highest drafted Cougar offensive lineman in program history. Right tackle Abraham Lucas was named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team and was later earned Freshman All-America honors by The USA Today and The Athletic and center Frederick Mauigoa earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention.
 
Miller, who has coached at all three levels of the NCAA, has been a key part in establishing lethal offenses wherever he goes. As part of the coaching staff at Southeastern Louisiana, New Mexico State, McMurry and Tarleton State, Miller’s offenses have set numerous school records and have ranked in the top five in the nation in multiple offensive categories.
 
During his time at Tarleton State (2014-16), Miller constructed the team’s high powered offense into one of the most potent in the nation. For the 2014 season Tarleton State ranked third nationally in total offense, averaging 534 yards per game and put up 43 points per game. The same continued in 2015 with one of the most high powered offenses in the country, averaging nearly 40 points per game.
 
Prior to Tarleton State, Miller served as the head coach at McMurry for the 2013 season. While leading the War Hawks, the offense set school records in multiple categories including total yards (5,775), yards per game (523.1) and most points scored (424). Before his promotion to head coach, Miller was an assistant coach for the War Hawks for four seasons (2009-12). He had been an integral part of three consecutive winning seasons at McMurry, something that had happened just six other times in the university’s 87-year football history. In Miller’s four seasons as an assistant coach the War Hawks averaged 416 yards per game of total offense with better than 346 yards per game coming through the air. Miller began as the War Hawks’ assistant head coach and offensive line coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator after the departure of Matt Mumme following the 2010 season. Miller also served as McMurry’s recruiting coordinator.
 
The 2012 campaign, which was McMurry’s first as an NCAA Division II competitor, saw the War Hawk offense average more than 433 yards per game in total offense, 367 yards per game via the passing game. Then-quarterback Jake Mullin became just the 59th player in NCAA history - at any level - to pass for both 10,000 yards and 100 touchdowns in a career, leading the team to its first bowl appearance, and win, in 63 years.
 
In 2011, Miller’s first as offensive coordinator, he oversaw an offense that ranked 18th in the nation, and second in the American Southwest Conference, in scoring offense at 37.7 points per game. Eight of his 2011 players were named to the All-ASC team on offense. Additionally, McMurry broke the NCAA Division III single game total offense record with 863 yards versus Texas Lutheran. In 2010 Miller guided the offensive line, which paved the way for the No. 2 ranked passing offense in both the ASC and NCAA Division III.
 
Miller played running back at Valdosta State under offensvie coordinator Mike Leach for two seasons (1994-95) and was a member of the NCAA Division II team that made the national playoffs for the first time in school history. Miller stayed on at Valdosta State as a student assistant after suffering a career-ending knee injury. He was a part of the staff that led VSU to a 1996 Gulf South Conference Championship.
 
Following a two-year stint coaching Valwood High School in Valdosta, Ga., he returned to the collegiate ranks at Washington and Lee University, serving as the wide receivers coach. Miller then  reunited with his old college football coach and helped Hal Mumme start the Southeastern Louisiana University football program from scratch. Miller coached the running backs in 2003 and moved to coach the offensive line in 2004 and helped SE Louisiana rank No. 1 in the nation in total offense.
 
Hal Mumme took Miller with him to New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. from 2005-08 and worked with the Aggies’ offensive line all four years and an offense that ranked third in the nation in total offense. He coached four all-conference linemen at NMSU including Nick Cole, who played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles. Miller was promoted to assistant head coach prior to the 2008 season with the Aggies.
 
Miller graduated from Valdosta State in Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1999. He and his wife, Megan, have two daughters, Madison and Mallory.

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