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David Shaw

Stanford University Head Football Coach

David Shaw has returned to his alma mater as head coach of the Stanford Cardinal football team. Continuing a family line of coaching and ties to Stanford, Shaw became the 34th head coach of the Cardinal football program in January 2011. He is the fifth alum in Stanford history to return to the school as its football coach.




In his first season as head coach of the program, Shaw guided the team to 11 wins and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl – one of college football’s coveted BCS bowl games. The team finished the year ranked in the top 10 of the Division I FBS rankings, a spot it held throughout each week of the season. For his amazing early success, Shaw was named a finalist for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award.

The 2015 season marks Shaw’s fifth as Stanford’s head coach. Through four seasons as the Cardinal Head Coach, Shaw holds a remarkable 42-12 career record and is 28-8 in Pac-12 play. Shaw accumulated 30 wins in his first 35 games, which was the third-fastest among active coaches, and was one of only three coaches to lead his team to BCS bowls in his first three years as a head coach.

A 1994 Stanford graduate, Shaw played wide receiver for the Cardinal while attending the school. Throughout his career, he compiled 57 catches for 664 yards and five touchdowns. Shaw’s father, Willie, had a 33-year coaching career, including time with Stanford in 1974-76 and 1989-91.

Since Shaw has returned to the school, first as an offensive coordinator and later as its head coach, Stanford has emerged as a powerful national contender in both the Pac 12 and BCS. Carrying over from 2010, at one point during this past season the Cardinal had a 17-game winning streak, which was the longest active streak in the nation and a school record. The team has also spent 25 consecutive weeks ranked in the AP Poll, including 18 in the Top 10.

During his time at Stanford, Shaw also played a key role in the development and success of star quarterback Andrew Luck – a 2010 and 2011 Heisman finalist and prized NFL prospect. Luck finished his career essentially rewriting the Stanford record books in virtually every passing category. He was also named as a First-Team All-American and Maxwell Award winner during his senior year.

Prior to becoming the offensive coordinator at Stanford, Shaw was the wide receivers and passing game coordinator at the University of San Diego under Coach John Harbaugh. In 2006, the Toreros claimed the NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major national title and ranked as the nation’s top Division I-AA offense. Shaw also spent nine years coaching in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens (2002-2005), Oakland Raiders (1998-2001), and Philadelphia Eagles (1997). He helped Ravens wide receiver Mark Clayton set a franchise rookie record for receptions with 44 catches for 471 yards.

Shaw uses his position to enable change with several charitable organizations and initiatives. He donated Stanford Football items for an auction that raised $180,000 for the Packard Children’s Hospital and had the football team work with the Fit Kids Foundation to help promote physical fitness.

Shaw and his wife Kori have three children, Keegan, Carter and Gavin.
Stanford University Head Football Coach

David Shaw has returned to his alma mater as head coach of the Stanford Cardinal football team. Continuing a family line of coaching and ties to Stanford, Shaw became the 34th head coach of the Cardinal foo...
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