Tom McMahon has been named the new special teams coordinator and outside
linebackers coach at the University of Louisville, announced head coach
McMahon was an assistant coach at Utah State for the last eight seasons
and spent 11 seasons with the Aggie program. His eight-year tenure as an
assistant at Utah State was the fourth-longest in school history.
McMahon replaces Tony Levine, who left last week to take a job as an
assistant special teams coach with the Carolina Panthers. McMahon
coached the defensive line at Utah State for the last five seasons and
also served as the special teams coordinator from 1998-2000. He also
spent five seasons as recruiting coordinator.
"We're certainly going to miss Tony Levine, who spent three productive
seasons at the University of Louisville," said Petrino. "We're excited
about bringing Tom into our program. He's a dedicated and bright young
coach. He'll bring a lot of enthusiasm and energy to our staff."
McMahon, 36, joined the Utah State staff under John L. Smith in 1995,
serving three years as a graduate assistant with the defensive ends. One
of his players, Ben Crosland, earned Big West defensive player of the
year honors in 1997.
McMahon was named a fulltime assistant coach in 1998 and spent the
next three seasons working with the Aggie linebackers. During that
time he coached first-team All-League selections Brent Passey, Blake
Eagal, Jesse Busta and Big West Defensive Player of the Year Tony
In 2004 and 2005 defensive lineman Ronald Tupea was named second-team
All-Sun Belt Conference while being coached by McMahon. John Chick was
also a first team All-WAC selection last season.
A native of Helena, Mont., McMahon began his coaching career at his
alma mater of Carroll College. After concluding his four-year playing
career, he continued as the school's secondary in 1992 and 1994. In
between he spent one season at Bozeman (Mont.) High School.
McMahon is married to the former Kim Sullivan and they have three
children, Dawson, Emmett and Quincy.
McMahon earned his bachelor's degree in math and secondary coach
education at Carroll in 1992 and added a master's degree in secondary
education from Utah State in 1997.
In another staff change, defensive line coach Kevin Wolthausen was
promoted to co-defensive coordinator.