KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday that the team has hired Tom McMahon to serve as the club’s special teams coach.
"I am pleased to add Tom to our staff," said Head Coach Romeo Crennel. “He is a diligent worker and passionate coach. It is a great addition for us."
McMahon joins the Chiefs after a three-year stint (2009-11) in St. Louis where he served as special teams coordinator for the Rams. In 2010, the Rams had the league’s third-best net punting average at 40.0 yards per punt. Additionally, McMahon’s primary punt returner, Danny Amendola, led the NFL with 12 returns of 20-plus yards in 2009 and 2010 combined.
"I'm very blessed to have the opportunity to come to Kansas City and be a part of Romeo's staff," McMahon said. "Romeo and I have a shared vision of what it takes to win and I'm excited to get started."
Prior to his time in St. Louis, McMahon spent two seasons (2007-08) as assistant special teams coach for the Atlanta Falcons. He was instrumental in the development of kick returner Jerious Norwood, whose 2,628 kickoff return yards ranked third in the NFL over that two-year span.
Before joining Atlanta, McMahon spent one season (2006) with the University of Louisville, coaching outside linebackers and special teams. Under his guidance, kicker Art Carmody earned the Lou Groza Award, which is given to the nation’s top kicker.
McMahon also served 11 seasons (1995-2005) as an assistant coach at Utah State in a variety of roles, including defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator, linebackers/special teams coach and defensive ends coach as a graduate assistant.
A native of Helena, Mont., McMahon made his coaching debut at his alma mater, Carroll College, as the secondary coach in 1992 after concluding his four-year playing career in his hometown. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and secondary education from Carroll and earned a master’s degree in secondary education at Utah State.
McMahon is married to his wife, Kim. They have three children, Dawson, Emmett and Quincy.
McMahon replaces former special teams coach Steve Hoffman, who was not retained by the club, along with wide receivers coach Richie Anderson and assistant offensive line coach Pat Perles.