The architect of one of the most prolific offenses in the NJCAA, Ryan Mahon enters his third season as Blinn College’s head football coach.
Last fall, Mahon led the Buccaneers to their first playoff berth since 2013 after claiming a Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) co-championship with a 5-2 league record. The Buccaneers earned their first bid to a bowl game since 2011, facing Snow in the El Toro Bowl. Blinn finished the season ranked 12th in the nation with a 6-4 overall record. Blinn was ranked in the top 10 in the nation for six consecutive weeks, and reached as high as No. 4 in the national rankings.
Under Mahon, 30 Buccaneers have earned NJCAA All-America and All-Conference honors. Antwuan Jackson Jr., Vonte Davis, Corrion Ballard, D'Anthony Hopkins, and Earnest Patterson earned both All-America and All-Conference honors. Jackson was named the SWJCFC Most Valuable Player in 2017, and Ballard was named the All-Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. Chadwick Thibodeaux, Reed Bowman, Devin Williams, Carlos Grace, Dandre Reed, William Gilchrist, Jalan Cooper, Dominique Harrison, Ryan Buckley, Clayton Woods, Zechariah Hopkins, Brennon Davis, Nate Betts, Jake Monroe, Kendall Sheffield, Tre Newton, Hanner Shipley, Javier Edwards, Evan Wick, Drew Kirkpatrick, Colton Knapp, Jai Edwards, Dominique Harrison, Caleb Hill, and Tre'veon Hamilton also earned All-Conference honors.
Mahon came to Blinn after coaching one year at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College as the offensive coordinator. Before that, Mahon spent 10 seasons at Tyler Junior College, the last eight years as offensive coordinator and associate head coach. During his tenure at Tyler, Mahon coached eight NJCAA All-Americans, two Southwest Junior College Football Conference offensive MVPs, one SWJCFC overall MVP, and 34 all-conference offensive selections.
Before his successful run at Tyler, Mahon served one season as running backs coach at Texas A&M University-Commerce (2004). In 2003 and 2004, Mahon was the running backs/receivers coach at Feather River (Calif.) College.
A native of La Grande, Ore., Mahon played quarterback at Eastern Oregon University, where he was a four-year letter winner.
Mahon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in history at Eastern Oregon University and his Master of Education in health and kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler.
Mahon and his wife, Pam, reside in Brenham with their sons, Ty and Eli, and two beagles, Drew and Kate.