Coaches

Tom McMahon
Special Teams Coordinator
College:
Carroll College
Hometown:
Helena, MT
Experience:
11

Tom McMahon enters his fifth season as the special teams coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts. McMahon holds 10 previous years of NFL coaching experience and spent the 2012 campaign as the special teams coach with the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

Last season, McMahon helped punter Pat McAfee earn his second career Pro Bowl selection after leading the league in punting average (49.3) and ranking third in net punting average (42.7). McAfee’s punting average set a new Colts single-season record. Kicker Adam Vinatieri converted 27-of-31 field goals and 44 PATs for 125 points. He registered the 19th 100-point season of his career, which extended his NFL record. Vinatieri connected on 25 consecutive field goals to end the 2015 season and made his first 19 field goals of the 2016 season to set a new NFL record for consecutive field goals made (44). He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 5) and AFC Special Teams Player of the Month (October).

 

Additionally, the Colts ranked fourth in the NFL in kickoff return average (25.1). Running back Jordan Todman handled most of the kickoff return duties in 2016 and was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 9) after registering two kickoff returns for 160 yards (80.0 avg.) and one touchdown against the Green Bay Packers. His 80.0 kickoff return average set a Colts single-game record with a minimum of two returns. Todman finished the season with 16 kickoff returns for 478 yards (29.9 avg.) and one touchdown. His 29.9 kickoff return average ranked third in the NFL among players with at least 15 total returns.

 

In 2015, McMahon guided a special teams unit that set an NFL record by allowing just 156 kickoff return yards, as the Colts ranked third in the NFL in opponent kickoff return average (19.5). Indianapolis also set the highest touchback percentage (87.0) since the modern Super Bowl era in 1970. Vinatieri registered 107 total points to mark the 18th 100-point season of his career, which extended his NFL record. He ranked fourth in field goal percentage after converting 25-of-27 attempts (92.6 percent) and was the only kicker in the NFL to connect on all of his kicks from 40-49 yards (8-of-8). McAfee ranked second in the NFL in punting average (47.7) and fifth in net punting average (41.7). He led the league with a 90.5 kickoff touchback percentage and his 67 total touchbacks ranked third. Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November, while McAfee earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 3. McMahon was also instrumental in the development of undrafted rookie Quan Bray, who spent the first seven weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad before being signed to the active roster on Oct. 27 and inserted as the Colts primary kickoff and punt returner. Despite playing in only nine games, Bray finished the season ranked sixth in the NFL in kickoff return average (27.1) and 11th in kickoff return yards (570). Since taking over the duties in Week 8, Bray ranked fourth in the league in kickoff return yards (570) from Weeks 8-17.

 

In 2014, McMahon coached two Associated Press First Team NFL All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections in McAfee and Vinatieri. McAfee converted a career-high three onside kicks and set single-season franchise records for punts pinned inside the 20-yard line (30), net punting average (42.8) and kickoff touchbacks (70). Vinatieri made 30-of-31 field goals and at one point made 35 consecutive attempts, which was then the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. In addition, he scored the third-highest single-season point total (140) in team history. The Colts special teams unit held opponents to the third-lowest punt return average (5.9) in the NFL in 2014.

  

In 2013, McMahon coached Vinatieri, who set a career high with 35 field goals made while recording 139 points, the third-highest total of his career. He also tied a career high with four field goals made from over 50 yards. McAfee set a then-franchise single-season record with 27 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line and also set the team single-game record with six such punts in Week 7 against Denver. McMahon also guided Andy Studebaker, who recorded a career-high 18 special teams tackles, and Sergio Brown, who posted nine special teams tackles and helped down seven of McAfee’s punts inside the 10-yard line, including six inside the five-yard line.

 

With the Chiefs in 2012, McMahon guided AFC Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt, who ranked second in the NFL with 45 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line while averaging 46.8 yards per punt and a net average of 40.8.

 

McMahon joined Kansas City following three seasons (2009-2011) as the special teams coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. In 2010, the Rams posted the league’s third-best net punting average at 40.0 yards per punt. In addition, Rams punt returner Danny Amendola led the NFL with 12 returns of 20-plus yards in 2009 and 2010 combined.

 

Prior to his time in St. Louis, McMahon spent two seasons (2007-08) as an assistant special teams coach for the Atlanta Falcons. He was crucial in the development of kick returner Jerious Norwood, who tallied 2,628 kickoff return yards, which ranked third in the NFL over that two-year span.

 

Before joining the Falcons, McMahon coached outside linebackers and special teams at the University of Louisville (2006). Under his guidance, kicker Art Carmody earned the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker.

 

McMahon spent 11 seasons coaching at Utah State University (1995-2005), including eight campaigns as a full-time assistant. He served as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator from 2001-05 after coaching linebackers and special teams from 1998-2000. McMahon joined Utah State in 1995 as a graduate assistant, helping coach defensive ends.

 

McMahon started his coaching career at his alma mater, Carroll College, in 1992 as the school’s secondary coach. He spent one year at Bozeman (Mont.) High School in 1993 before returning to Carroll to coach the secondary in 1994.

 

A native of Helena, Mont., McMahon and his wife, Kim, have three children, Dawson, Emmett and Quincy.

 

Coaching Career

1992                Carroll College                        Secondary Coach

1993                Bozeman (Mont.) High School            Assistant Coach

1994                Carroll College                        Secondary Coach

1995-1997       Utah State                                           Graduate Assistant

1998-2000       Utah State                                           Linebackers/Special Teams Coach

2001-2005       Utah State                                           Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator

2006                Louisville                                             Outside Linebackers/Special Teams

                                                                                    Coordinator

2007-2008       Atlanta Falcons                                   Assistant Special Teams Coach

2009-2011       St. Louis Rams                                   Special Teams Coordinator

2012                Kansas City Chiefs                             Special Teams Coach

2013-2017       Indianapolis Colts                                Special Teams Coordinator

 

 

Tom McMahon enters his fifth season as the special teams coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts. McMahon holds 10 previous years of NFL coaching experience and spent the 2012 campaign as the special teams coach with the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

Last season, McMahon helped punter Pat McAfee earn his second career Pro Bowl selection after leading the league in punting average (49.3) and ranking third in net punting average (42.7). McAfee’s punting average set a new Colts single-season record. Kicker Adam Vinatieri converted 27-of-31 field goals and 44 PATs for 125 points. He registered the 19th 100-point season of his career, which extended his NFL record. Vinatieri connected on 25 consecutive field goals to end the 2015 season and made his first 19 field goals of the 2016 season to set a new NFL record for consecutive field goals made (44). He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 5) and AFC Special Teams Player of the Month (October).

 

Additionally, the Colts ranked fourth in the NFL in kickoff return average (25.1). Running back Jordan Todman handled most of the kickoff return duties in 2016 and was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 9) after registering two kickoff returns for 160 yards (80.0 avg.) and one touchdown against the Green Bay Packers. His 80.0 kickoff return average set a Colts single-game record with a minimum of two returns. Todman finished the season with 16 kickoff returns for 478 yards (29.9 avg.) and one touchdown. His 29.9 kickoff return average ranked third in the NFL among players with at least 15 total returns.

 

In 2015, McMahon guided a special teams unit that set an NFL record by allowing just 156 kickoff return yards, as the Colts ranked third in the NFL in opponent kickoff return average (19.5). Indianapolis also set the highest touchback percentage (87.0) since the modern Super Bowl era in 1970. Vinatieri registered 107 total points to mark the 18th 100-point season of his career, which extended his NFL record. He ranked fourth in field goal percentage after converting 25-of-27 attempts (92.6 percent) and was the only kicker in the NFL to connect on all of his kicks from 40-49 yards (8-of-8). McAfee ranked second in the NFL in punting average (47.7) and fifth in net punting average (41.7). He led the league with a 90.5 kickoff touchback percentage and his 67 total touchbacks ranked third. Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November, while McAfee earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 3. McMahon was also instrumental in the development of undrafted rookie Quan Bray, who spent the first seven weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad before being signed to the active roster on Oct. 27 and inserted as the Colts primary kickoff and punt returner. Despite playing in only nine games, Bray finished the season ranked sixth in the NFL in kickoff return average (27.1) and 11th in kickoff return yards (570). Since taking over the duties in Week 8, Bray ranked fourth in the league in kickoff return yards (570) from Weeks 8-17.

 

In 2014, McMahon coached two Associated Press First Team NFL All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections in McAfee and Vinatieri. McAfee converted a career-high three onside kicks and set single-season franchise records for punts pinned inside the 20-yard line (30), net punting average (42.8) and kickoff touchbacks (70). Vinatieri made 30-of-31 field goals and at one point made 35 consecutive attempts, which was then the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. In addition, he scored the third-highest single-season point total (140) in team history. The Colts special teams unit held opponents to the third-lowest punt return average (5.9) in the NFL in 2014.

  

In 2013, McMahon coached Vinatieri, who set a career high with 35 field goals made while recording 139 points, the third-highest total of his career. He also tied a career high with four field goals made from over 50 yards. McAfee set a then-franchise single-season record with 27 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line and also set the team single-game record with six such punts in Week 7 against Denver. McMahon also guided Andy Studebaker, who recorded a career-high 18 special teams tackles, and Sergio Brown, who posted nine special teams tackles and helped down seven of McAfee’s punts inside the 10-yard line, including six inside the five-yard line.

 

With the Chiefs in 2012, McMahon guided AFC Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt, who ranked second in the NFL with 45 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line while averaging 46.8 yards per punt and a net average of 40.8.

 

McMahon joined Kansas City following three seasons (2009-2011) as the special teams coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. In 2010, the Rams posted the league’s third-best net punting average at 40.0 yards per punt. In addition, Rams punt returner Danny Amendola led the NFL with 12 returns of 20-plus yards in 2009 and 2010 combined.

 

Prior to his time in St. Louis, McMahon spent two seasons (2007-08) as an assistant special teams coach for the Atlanta Falcons. He was crucial in the development of kick returner Jerious Norwood, who tallied 2,628 kickoff return yards, which ranked third in the NFL over that two-year span.

 

Before joining the Falcons, McMahon coached outside linebackers and special teams at the University of Louisville (2006). Under his guidance, kicker Art Carmody earned the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker.

 

McMahon spent 11 seasons coaching at Utah State University (1995-2005), including eight campaigns as a full-time assistant. He served as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator from 2001-05 after coaching linebackers and special teams from 1998-2000. McMahon joined Utah State in 1995 as a graduate assistant, helping coach defensive ends.

 

McMahon started his coaching career at his alma mater, Carroll College, in 1992 as the school’s secondary coach. He spent one year at Bozeman (Mont.) High School in 1993 before returning to Carroll to coach the secondary in 1994.

 

A native of Helena, Mont., McMahon and his wife, Kim, have three children, Dawson, Emmett and Quincy.

 

Coaching Career

1992                Carroll College                        Secondary Coach

1993                Bozeman (Mont.) High School            Assistant Coach

1994                Carroll College                        Secondary Coach

1995-1997       Utah State                                           Graduate Assistant

1998-2000       Utah State                                           Linebackers/Special Teams Coach

2001-2005       Utah State                                           Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator

2006                Louisville                                             Outside Linebackers/Special Teams

                                                                                    Coordinator

2007-2008       Atlanta Falcons                                   Assistant Special Teams Coach

2009-2011       St. Louis Rams                                   Special Teams Coordinator

2012                Kansas City Chiefs                             Special Teams Coach

2013-2017       Indianapolis Colts                                Special Teams Coordinator