Feb. 13, 2007
Scott Shafer today was named Stanford's defensive coordinator and assistant head coach, first year head coach Jim Harbaugh announced. Shafer comes to The Farm after serving as defensive coordinator at Western Michigan the past two seasons.
"Scott Shafer is considered one of the most creative and innovative defensive minds in college football. He is an excellent teacher and mentor," said Harbaugh. "He has experienced a great deal of success at Western Michigan University while putting together one of the finest defensive units in the nation. He's a bright, young coach and we're thrilled to have him at Stanford," said Harbaugh.
Over the past two seasons, Shafer has built the Broncos defense into one of the finest in the country. In 2006, Shafer's defense ranked 11th in the nation in total defense and sixth in run defense while leading the nation in both interceptions (24) and sacks (46).
Shafer was part of a WMU staff that turned around the program the past two seasons. The Broncos went 1-10 in 2004, the year before Shafer arrived, and had the biggest turnaround in MAC history when they went 7-4 in '05. Last season, Western Michigan finished 8-4 during the regular season and advanced to the International Bowl.
Prior to his arrival at WMU, Shafer served as the secondary coach at the University of Illinois in 2004 where he coached cornerback Kelvin Hayden, the Big Ten leader in interceptions.
Shafer previously spent eight seasons (1996-2003) at Northern Illinois University -- the first four as secondary coach before adding defensive coordinator duties in 2000. Under Shafer's watch, the Huskies ranked among the top three teams in MAC scoring defense in 2002 and 2003. His 2002 unit led the MAC in interceptions, takeaways, scoring defense, run defense and pass sacks.
While at NIU, Shafer helped the Huskies compile a record of 30-16 and record three wins over BCS Conference schools (Maryland, Alabama and Iowa State), allowing 15.0 points per game. He also coached eight All-MAC players.
Prior to NIU, Shafer coached the secondary at the University of Rhode Island (1993-95) and was a graduate assistant at Indiana University (1991-92).
Shafer played quarterback at Baldwin-Wallace College (1986-90). In 1987, he ranked 17th nationally in passing efficiency and was named the team MVP. He earned a Bachelor's degree in education from Baldwin-Wallace in 1990 and a Master's in education from Indiana in 1993. A native of Painseville, Ohio, Shafer and his wife, Missy (Elliott) , have a son, Wolfgang (12), and a daughter, Elsa (9).