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Tom McMahon
Special Teams Coordinator
College:
Carroll College
Hometown:
Helena, Montana
Experience:
12

Tom McMahon enters his first season as special teams coordinator for the Denver Broncos in 2018.

McMahon is a 26-year coaching veteran who has coached special teams at the NFL level for the past 11 seasons. He most recently worked as Indianapolis’ special teams coordinator from 2013-17 after holding the same position with Kansas City (2012) and St. Louis (2009-11).

Tom McMahon enters his first season as special teams coordinator for the Denver Broncos in 2018.

McMahon is a 26-year coaching veteran who has coached special teams at the NFL level for the past 11 seasons. He most recently worked as Indianapolis’ special teams coordinator from 2013-17 after holding the same position with Kansas City (2012) and St. Louis (2009-11).

The Colts featured one of the NFL’s most consistent special teams units during McMahon’s five seasons in Indianapolis, ranking in the league’s Top 5 in field goal percentage (89.6 / 3rd), net punting average (41.3 / 3rd), gross punting average (46.4 / 4th) and kickoff return average (24.5 / 5th) during that span.

Three Colts special-teamers combined for five Pro Bowl selections playing for McMahon: punter Pat McAfee (2014, ’16), kicker Adam Vinatieri (2014) and long snapper Matt Overton (2013).

In 2017, the Colts were one of just four clubs to produce multiple special-teams takeaways without committing a turnover on those units. Indianapolis was also one of just two teams to allow fewer than 100 punt return yards (80) as punter Rigoberto Sanchez ranked fourth in the NFL with his 42.6-yard net punting average that broke the NFL rookie record set by Broncos punter Riley Dixon (41.3) in 2016.

McAfee set a Colts record with a league-leading 49.3-yard gross punting average under McMahon in 2016 to earn his second career Pro Bowl selection. Vinatieri made his first 19 field goals that season to set an NFL record with 44 consecutive field goals made dating to the previous year.

In 2014, McMahon helped Vinatieri (30-of-31 FGs) and McAfee (42.8 net avg., 30 punts inside the 20, 70 kickoff touchbacks) become just the fourth kicker-punter duo to both earn First Team All-Pro recognition from the Associated Press.

With the Chiefs in 2012, McMahon’s special-teams unit ranked fourth in the NFL with three takeaways. Punter Dustin Colquitt earned his first career Pro Bowl selection after ranking second in the league with 45 punts placed inside the 20.

Coaching special teams for the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11, McMahon worked with talented returner Danny Amendola, who led the NFL with 3,572 combined return yards (812 PR / 2,760 KR) during his first two NFL seasons (2009-10).

McMahon began his NFL career as an assistant special teams coach for Atlanta from 2007-08. During his two years with the Falcons, Jerious Norwood ranked third in the NFL with a combined 2,628 kick return yards.

Before joining the NFL, McMahon coached outside linebackers and special teams at the University of Louisville in 2006. That season, kicker Art Carmody was named the Lou Groza Award winner as the nation’s top kicker after converting 21-of-25 field goals (.840) and all 60 extra point attempts for 123 total points.

McMahon spent 11 seasons as Utah State University from 1995-2005 in a variety of roles. After beginning his tenure with the Aggies as a graduate assistant from 1995-97, he went on to serve as special teams/linebackers coach from 1998-2000 and defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator from 2001-05.

The Helena, Mont., native got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Carroll College, in 1992 as the school’s secondary coach. He spent one year as an assistant coach at Bozeman (Mont.) High School in 1993 before returning to Carroll to coach the secondary in 1994.

McManhon is married to Kim and the couple has three children: Dawson, Emmett and Quincy.

PRO BOWL PLAYERS COACHED (4): P Dustin Colquitt (2012), P Pat McAfee (2014, ’16), LS Matt Overton (2013), K Adam Vinatieri (2014).

*as special teams coordinator

COACHING EXPERIENCE

Denver Broncos
Special Teams Coordinator                  2018 

Indianapolis Colts
Special Teams Coordinator                  2013-17

Kansas City Chiefs
Special Teams Coordinator                  2012

St. Louis Rams
Special Teams Coordinator                  2009-11

Atlanta Falcons
Assistant Special Teams                      2007-08

University of Louisville
Special Teams Coordinator/Outside LBs          2006 

Utah State University
Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator 2001-05
Special Teams/Linebackers                 1998-2000
Graduate Assistant                              1995-97

Carroll College
Secondary                                           1994

Bozeman (Mont.) High School
Assistant Coach                                  1993 

Carroll College
Secondary                                           1992

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