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  Don Shaw
Don Shaw

Player Profile
Head Coach

26th Season

Career at Stanford:
Men's Head Coach (7th Season) - 1984-1985, 2002-Present

Women's Head Coach (16 Seasons) - 1984-1999

One of the top coaches in collegiate women's volleyball history, Don Shaw began his second stint as the Stanford University men's volleyball head coach in June of 2001.

Shaw begins his 26th season on The Farm in 2006 and seventh year as head coach of the Cardinal men, including two years of serving as co-coach with Fred Sturm in 1984 and 1985. In six seasons at the helm of the Cardinal men, he has compiled a 90-79 (.533) record.

Shaw guided a rebuilding Cardinal team to a 11-15 record in 2005 with close finishes against some of the nation's best programs. In his two years as co-head coach in the 1980's, the Cardinal went 36-25 and finished ranked in the top five in the nation in 1985.

In his 16-year tenure as Stanford women's volleyball head coach (1984-1999), Shaw guided the Cardinal to four NCAA Championships (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997) and 10 conference titles, including six Pac-10 Championships in a row from 1994-1999. In all, he guided Stanford to the NCAA Championship match eight times in his 16 seasons.

Shaw compiled a career winning percentage of .863 (440-70), which still ranks as the best in NCAA history. He was named National Women's Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1997, and Regional/District Coach of the Year in 1992, 1994 and 1997.

Under Shaw's guidance, 21 student-athletes have earned a combined 44 All-American awards, while 15 of those players have competed for the USA National Team. Included in those 15 national team players were Scott Fortune and Kim Oden, who were named captains of the men's and women's 1992 Olympic teams. Shaw also coached 2004 women's beach volleyball Olympic Gold Medalist, Kerri Walsh.

Shaw served as an assistant coach for the gold medal-winning United States Men's Team at the 1982 National Sports Festival as well as the assistant for the U.S. Women's Team at the 1991 Pan-Am Games in Havana, Cuba.

Shaw, a charter member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), was also a member of the NCAA District VIII Advisory Committee.

Prior to becoming a head coach, Shaw was an assistant at Stanford under Sturm for both the men's and women's programs from 1980-83. He began his coaching career as an assistant at UC Santa Barbara in 1976.

An outstanding teacher and ambassador of the game of volleyball, Shaw has conducted numerous clinics around the country. He is the co-founder, and has served as director, of Stanford's men's and women's volleyball camps for the past 20 years. Shaw also serves as a director of Nike Volleyball camps.

Shaw was a member of the U.S. National Team in 1979 and also earned All-America honors in leading Chuck's Steak House to the USVBA open national championship in both 1977 and 1978. He was also a USVBA All-American in 1986, playing on the winning Billauer/Norfleet team in the senior division. He played professionally for the San Jose Diablos in 1979 and 1980 and was one of the top beach players in the country. Shaw continues to compete in the sand and has won the championship of the Motherlode Volleyball Classic in his age group three times.

Shaw also excelled in baseball and basketball, and was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 1969 Baseball Amateur Draft. Shaw also played basketball at Loyola Marymount from 1971-73, and led the West Coast Athletic Conference in free throw percentage (85.3) in 1971-72. Shaw continued his basketball career playing in Europe and South America from 1973-74.

He received a bachelor's degree in sociology with an athletic coaching minor from UC Santa Barbara in 1977. Shaw resides in Menlo Park with his daughter, Jordan, and son, James.