Dec 7, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a Stanford Cardinal helmet held in the air in the first quarter against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Stanford defeated Arizona State 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford Cardinal Promotes Lance Anderson To Defensive Coordinator

As expected, the Stanford Cardinal have promoted linebackers coach Lance Anderson to defensive coordinator to replace Derek Mason, who left to become head coach at Vanderbilt.

The move was announced by the university on Friday.

“Lance has worked under two of the best defensive minds in football in Vic Fangio and Derek Mason,” head coach David Shaw said. “He will continue our defensive tradition of being aggressive, being physical and setting the tone for how we play football here at Stanford University.”

Anderson has been on the Stanford coaching staff for seven seasons, the last four as the outside linebackers coach—a position he will continue to fill. Anderson also worked with defensive tackles from 2007-09.

Anderson came to Stanford from San Diego with former coach Jim Harbaugh. Prior to his two seasons with the Toreros, Anderson also coached at Utah State, Saint Mary’s, Bucknell and Idaho State, where he was a linebacker in 1993-94.

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