Mason Y’Barbo joins the Greyhound Football staff after spending the last seven seasons at the University of North Texas (UNT).
Y’Barbo started his coaching career in 2015 as a graduate assistant defensive line coach at UNT. After a rebuilding year for the program, Y’Barbo was brought back to serve as a grad assistant for the offensive line. The 2016 season saw a dramatic turn-around that resulted in another appearance in the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Army West Point. In each of the victories, the offensive line pushed for 200 yards or more with two freshman starters.
As a football player, Y’Barbo redshirted as a freshman. He then went on to start in 49 straight games over the next four years and was an anchor at left guard for UNT. He is tied for second in most consecutive starts in the 103-year history of the program. Y’Barbo was a two-time captain, serving in his junior and senior seasons. He earned all-conference honors in each season he played. In 2012, Y’Barbo was part of a line that finished number one in the nation in sacks allowed, with only six sacks all year. The Mean Green offensive line also finished number-one in sacks allowed over a combined total for the 2012-2013 seasons. He helped pave the way in 2011 for the school’s all-time leading rusher Lance Dunbar, who has since been a running back and return man for the Dallas Cowboys. In 2013, Y’Barbo and his line continued to push and led running back Brandin Byrd to a 1,000 yard rushing season. The highlight of Y’Barbo’s career was when he served as captain of the Mean Green’s 2013 team that went 9-4 on the year and won the Heart of Dallas Bowl with a decisive victory over UNLV.
Y’Barbo earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and master’s degree in Recreation, Event, and Sports Management from the University of North Texas.