June 22, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford University Athletic Department announced Friday that Don Shaw, one of the top coaches in collegiate volleyball history, has been named head men's volleyball coach.
Shaw, who captured four NCAA Championships and eight Pacific-10 Conference Championships during his tenure as the head coach of Stanford's women's volleyball program, will solely work with the men's program. Shaw has been involved with the Stanford men's and women's volleyball programs since 1980, including the last 16 years as head women's volleyball coach.
The Stanford Athletic Department will conduct a national and internal search for a new head women's volleyball coach.
"I'm proud of all we accomplished during my 20-plus years with the women's program," Shaw said. "There are going to be a lot of things I'll miss as I leave women's volleyball. On the other hand, I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to shift gears, return to the men's program and take on new challenges as we attempt to reach the top of men's collegiate volleyball."
"The hiring of Don Shaw as our men's volleyball coach is a tremendous step for the program," Stanford Athletic Director Ted Leland said. "Needless to say, Don is one of the best volleyball coaches in the nation. He did an incredible job with the women's program, and we know he will do the same with the men."
Shaw is no stranger to the world of men's volleyball. During his illustrious playing career, he was a member of the United States National Team in 1979 and played professionally for the San Jose Diablos of the International Volleyball Association. Shaw was a member of three United States Volleyball Association national championship teams, and was a USVBA All-American. Shaw was also one of the top beach players in the nation in the 1970's, teaming with stars such as Karch Kiraly. He earned the highest beach rating possible (AAA) and competed in the World Beach Championships.
The 1977 graduate of UC Santa Barbara entered the coaching world in 1980 when he was named as Stanford's men's and women's assistant volleyball coach under Fred Sturm.
He served four years in that capacity (1980-83) before becoming the co-head coach for both programs with Sturm from 1984-85. The Stanford women were national runners-up in both '84 and '85 while the men had one of their best years ever in '85, winning the prestigious UCSB Invitational and achieving their first ever #1 national ranking. Prior to the 1986-87 season, Sturm and Shaw split up the head coaching tandem, with Sturm concentrating on the men while Shaw was named sole head coach for the women.
The rest is history. The Cardinal women went to the NCAA Final Four in Shaw's first two seasons in charge, and in the 1990's, became the elite women's volleyball program in the nation. Shaw led Stanford to its first NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship in 1992, and went on to build a dynasty with national titles in 1994, '96 and '97 as well.
He owns a career head coaching record of 440-70, and the best winning percentage in NCAA Division I women's volleyball history at .863. He won 20 games or more in 15 of his 16 seasons, and never finished lower than second place in conference competition. Shaw's Pac-10 overall record is an impressive 229-23 (.909).
Shaw, who took the 2000 season off to go on sabbatical, is an even more impressive 183-15 (.924) in his last six seasons on the bench. He has compiled a 104-4 (.963) Pac-10 record during that tenure, and has not lost more than one conference match in any of those six seasons. In NCAA Tournament play, Shaw compiled a 50-12 (.806) record and guided the Cardinal to 10 Final Fours.
Shaw takes over the reigns of the men's program from Ruben Nieves, who resigned on May 18 to take a position with Stanford University's Positive Coaching Alliance. Nieves compiled a 179-92 record in 11 seasons, and guided the program its first-ever NCAA Championship in 1997.
Stanford University --- Announced that Don Shaw has moved from head women's volleyball coach to head men's volleyball coach.