Brandon Mason enters his fourth season as assistant coach with the Lobos in 2020-21 on head coach Paul Weir’s staff after serving as the Lobos’ video coordinator from 2012-14. He was hired to the assistant coach position on August 1, 2017.
In his first season as an assistant coach on staff in 2017-18, Mason helped the Lobos finish third in the Mountain West regular season after being predicted to finish ninth overall in the league poll. The Lobos earned a Mountain West Tournament first-round bye and reached the conference title game for the first time since 2014. Mason also helped guide senior Antino Jackson and junior Anthony Mathis to All-Mountain West Teams at the conclusion of the regular season.
In 2018-19, Mason helped lead the Lobos to the Mountain West Quarterfinals in a season that saw UNM upset then-undefeated No. 5/6 Nevada in Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit on January 5, where the Lobos defeated the Wolf Pack by 27 points (85-58). The thrilling contest ended in a fan court storm on Bob King Court.
Following his initial stint with the Lobos as video coordinator, he was an assistant coach at New Mexico Highlands for a season, then joined Marvin Menzies’ staff at New Mexico State before rejoining the Lobos as an assistant coach.
In his role with Aggies, Mason served as the basketball staff’s liaison to university development and athletic administrators. He coordinated 6th Man Club events, such as the annual Marvin Menzies’ 6th Man Open, Tipoff Banquet, and other special events. In his first season back at his alma mater, he aided New Mexico State to its second straight WAC Championship as the Aggies finished with an overall record of 23-11 and a 13-1 WAC mark. The Aggies were invited to the NIT for the first time since he played in it in 2000.
Most recently, Mason followed Menzies to UNLV and was the Runnin’ Rebels Director of Player Personnel.
Mason played for the Aggies from 1999-2003, averaging 9.1 points and 3.2 rebounds during his career. He is part of the New Mexico State 1,000-Point Club, scoring 1,051 point in his four seasons playing in Las Cruces. He was also twice named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Mason went on to play professionally in both the United States and overseas, finishing his career in Lebanon for Byblos Sporting Club. He also helped the Albuquerque Thunderbirds win the 2006 NBA D-League Championship and played for the Gallup Talons of the ABA.