One of Chris Scelfo's original assistants at Tulane, Don Mahoney enters his eighth season as the Green Wave offensive line coach in 2006. Mahoney's 2006 line will feature a combination of youth and maturity, along with the return of a valuable tackle as 2005 starters Michael Parenton and Derek Rogers join two-year starter Donald Madlock to form the core group. Several young players, including a trio of redshirt freshmen, two sophomores and a junior, will vie for the remaining starting roles and valuable playing time.
During his Tulane tenure, Mahoney's line has provided the backbone for the Green Wave offense as Tulane has put up some of the most impressive offensive numbers in the history of its football program. Over the last six years, Tulane has boasted the top rusher and all-purpose yardage gainer, the top passer and the top scorer in school history.
Individually, Mahoney's most successful Tulane pupil on the field has been 2000 All-American Bernard Robertson. Drafted in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, Robertson spent two seasons as a key member of the Bears' offensive line and is now an investment planner in New Orleans. Last year's seniors included four-year starter and all-conference honoree Chris McGee, who signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons.
Off the field, Mahoney's charges have earned eight Academic All-District awards, with at least one offensive lineman named to the team in each of the last five seasons. Guard Matt Traina was a Draddy Award (the Academic Heisman) semifinalist last season.
Prior to his arrival in New Orleans, Mahoney, 36, spent six years at Central Michigan University. He started as a graduate assistant coach (1993-94) and then moved up to coach the tight ends (1995-97) and then offensive line (1998) for the Chippewas. In 1994, he helped CMU to the Mid-American Conference title and a trip to the Las Vegas Bowl.
An all-conference offensive guard and three-year starter during his playing days at Marshall, Mahoney was coached there for one season by Scelfo. He was selected team captain as a senior in 1990. After completing his playing career, Mahoney joined the Herd coaching staff as a student assistant; he was on board when Marshall won the 1992 Division I-AA National Championship.
A native of Greensburg, Pa., Mahoney is married to the former Carissa Angera. The couple has three children, son Jacob (6) and daughter Tulia Marie (3) and baby Domenic, born in June 2006.
Family: Wife, the former Carissa Angera; Son, Jacob (6) and daughters Tulia Marie (3) and baby Domenic (born June 2006).
1994 Las Vegas
College: West Virginia State (1993)
High School: Hempfield (Pa.) HS (1987)