Honors and Awards
After serving as Stanford’s offensive coordinator for four seasons from 2007-10, David Shaw was appointed the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football on January 13, 2011, becoming the 34th head coach in Stanford history.
A 1995 Stanford graduate who is the fifth alum to hold the position of head football coach, Shaw signed a long-term contract extension following the 2012 regular season.
Through his second season as the Cardinal head coach, Shaw holds a remarkable 23-4 (.852) career record.
Shaw guided the Cardinal to a 12-2 record in 2012 and its first Pac-12 Championship in 13 years. The campaign culminated with Stanford’s first Rose Bowl victory in over 40 years, a 20-14 win over Wisconsin in the 2013 edition of The Granddaddy of Them All.
The Rose Bowl berth marked the third consecutive BCS bowl for Stanford, a feat claimed by just seven other schools. On the heels of the 2012 Fiesta Bowl and 2011 Orange Bowl, the Cardinal has achieved the rare distinction of playing in three different BCS bowls in three straight years.
Shaw is one of four individuals to lead a team to back-to-back BCS bowls in their first two seasons as a college head coach.
Stanford’s three straight 11-win seasons are unprecedented in school history, as the Cardinal had never won 11 games prior to 2010 and had reached 10 wins only three times previously (1926, 1942 and 1992). Stanford also has won at least eight games in four consecutive seasons for the first time since head coach Glenn “Pop” Warner did so from 1926-30.
The Cardinal ranked sixth in the final 2012 BCS standings, following back-to-back No. 4 rankings at the end of the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Shaw was named the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year, becoming the second coach to earn the honor outright in consecutive seasons since the award’s inception in 1975.
Under Shaw’s leadership, Stanford during the regular season defeated the AP No. 1 (Oregon) and No. 2 (USC) teams in the nation, the first school to do so since 2000. The Cardinal closed its season with five straight wins over as many ranked opponents.
Shaw paved the way to a historic defensive output in 2012, breaking Stanford’s single-season sacks record (57) and pacing the Pac-12 in scoring defense (17.21), total defense (336.21), rushing defense (97.0), sacks (4.07) and tackles for loss (9.00). The Cardinal ranked first nationally in sacks, second in tackles for loss, fifth in rushing defense and 11th in scoring defense.
In 2012, Stanford earned the AFCA’s Academic Achievement Award after leading the country with a 100 percent Graduation Success Rate for its graduated class that year, becoming the first program ever to win both the award and a BCS bowl game in the same season.
For the fourth straight year, Stanford has had three or more players selected in the NFL Draft when Zach Ertz (second round - Philadelphia), Levine Toilolo (fourth round - Atlanta) and Stepfan Taylor (fifth round - Arizona) signed professional contracts after the 2012 season.
Taylor, a Doak Walker Award semifinalist, set the Stanford record with 4,300 rushing yards as Ertz led Stanford pass catchers and all FBS tight ends in receiving yards (898) and total receptions (69), both school records for a tight end. Ertz was a John Mackey Award finalist and the seventh unanimous All-American in program history.
Stanford was one of five schools to have four or more players selected to the 2012 AP All-America teams, with Ertz earning the honor along with David Yankey (second team), Trent Murphy (third team) and Ed Reynolds (third team). Yankey was a consensus All-American.
Shaw’s first season as head coach saw the 2011 Cardinal post an 11-2 record and make its second consecutive BCS appearance, falling to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl. Stanford won its first nine games of the season to extend its winning streak to 17 before falling to No. 6 Oregon.
Shaw became just the ninth major college head coach in history to post 11 or more wins in his first season, and the first since Chris Peterson (13-0) of Boise State and Bret Bielema (12-1) of Wisconsin accomplished the feat in 2006.
For his efforts, Shaw was named 2011 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, becoming just the third head coach in Stanford history to earn the award, following Bill Walsh (1977) and Tyrone Willingham (1995, 1999). He was also named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year.
The Cardinal was ranked in the top 10 of both major polls for all 16 weeks of the season, peaking at No. 3 in the AP poll and No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches poll on Nov. 6. With a final ranking of No. 7, Stanford concluded a stretch in which it held down a spot in the top 10 of the AP poll for a school-record 22 straight weeks dating back to the 2010 season.
Stanford’s 11 victories in 2011 came by an average of 27.4 points, while eight were in wire-to-wire fashion. The Cardinal posted a 3-2 record against ranked teams, defeating No. 22 Washington, No. 20 USC and No. 22 Notre Dame, while falling only to No. 6 Oregon and No. 3 Oklahoma State.
Stanford continued its reputation of fielding one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the nation. Behind 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Andrew Luck, the Cardinal combined a pinpoint passing attack with one of the Pac-12’s top ground games to average 43.2 points a game, which ranked second in the conference and seventh nationally. Stanford’s 561 points on the season established a single-season scoring record, breaking the previous mark of 524 set in 2010 by 37 points.
The Cardinal running attack averaged 210.6 yards per game, a figure that ranked second in the Pac-12 Conference and 18th nationally, and its 2,738 yards ranked as the third-best single-season mark in school history.
Stanford’s 2011 defense was ranked either first or second in the Pac-12 in six categories, including rushing defense (1st - 84.4), third-down conversion defense (1st - 31.1), scoring defense (2nd - 21.9), total defense (2nd - 337.6), sacks-per-game (2nd - 3.00) and opponent first downs (2nd - 17.5).
Five players - Luck, right guard David DeCastro, left tackle Jonathan Martin, tight end Coby Fleener and outside linebacker Chase Thomas - received All-America honors in 2011.
Luck was named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Player of the Year along with receiving the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top player. He finished second in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy and was the Pac-12’s Offensive Player of the Year for a second straight season.
DeCastro was a unanimous All-America selection, earning spots on the Walter Camp, AFCA, AP, Football Writers Association of America and Sporting News All-America squads. Martin landed spots on the Walter Camp and AFCA squads, while Fleener and Thomas were named All-Americans by Sporting News.
All said and done, 21 players earned all-conference recognition in 2011, including six players who earned first team honors. Twelve players landed spots on the Pac-12 All-Academic team, including first-team selections Luck and Brent Etiz. Luck was also named the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Prior to his appointment as head coach, Shaw served as Stanford’s offensive coordinator for four seasons, playing an instrumental role in the resurgence of the Stanford program which established school scoring records in 2009 and 2010.
Stanford was the ninth-highest scoring team in the nation in 2010, averaging 40.31 points per contest. The Cardinal scored a school-record 524 points in 13 games, a point total that surpassed the previous record of 461, established by the 2009 team.
During Shaw’s tenure as offensive coordinator, the Cardinal scored 40 or more points in 11 games from 2007-10.
Stanford’s balanced offense amassed a school-record 6,142 yards during the 2010 season, averaging 213.8 on the ground and 258.7 yards through the air. The Cardinal finished second in the Pac-10 and 17th nationally in rushing average and amassed the second-highest rushing total (2,779 yards) in school history.
In addition, Shaw’s play calling in the red zone helped Stanford convert on a national-best 57.6 percent of its scoring opportunities inside the 20-yard line.
Shaw tutored five running backs - Taylor, Anthony Wilkerson, Tyler Gaffney, Usua Amanam and Jeremy Stewart - that combined to rush for 2,063 yards in 13 affairs, an average of 158.6 yards per game, offsetting Toby Gerhart’s 143.9 yards per game average from the previous season. Taylor’s final rushing total of 1,137 yards was the second-highest total in school history, trailing only Gerhart’s senior total of 1,871.
Prior to his appointment as offensive coordinator at Stanford, Shaw served as the wide receivers and passing game coordinator at the University of San Diego during the 2006 season, where he helped guide the nation’s top Division I-AA offense that paced the Toreros to the Pioneer League championship and NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major national title.
The Toreros led all N CAA Division I-AA teams in passing offense (293.3 ypg), total offense (494.25) and scoring offense (42.83). Quarterback Josh Johnson was one of four offensive All-Americans on the team and led all NCAA Division I-AA quarterbacks in passing efficiency (169.0 quarterback rating), touchdown passes (34, co-leader), points responsible for (24.33) and total offense (336.7), while throwing for 3,320 yards to also lead the country. Johnson ran for another 721 yards, adding 11 rushing touchdowns and even caught one touchdown pass.
Shaw’s coaching resume also includes nine years of NFL experience with the Philadelphia Eagles (1997), Oakland Raiders (1998-2001) and Baltimore Ravens (2002-05).
Shaw’s last coaching job in the NFL with Baltimore included a stint as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach from 2002-04 before working solely with the wide receivers in 2005. His tenure included a 2003 campaign that reaped an AFC North title and a 10-6 regular season record. Derrick Mason set a new franchise record with 86 receptions under Shaw’s tutelage in 2005 when he also posted the third-biggest season to date in terms of receiving yards with 1,073. Mark Clayton set a franchise rookie record for receptions in 2005 when he caught 44 balls for 471 yards.
After three seasons of quality control with the Oakland Raiders from 1998-2000, Shaw moved into the role of quarterbacks coach in 2001 as the Raiders won a second straight AFC West title and finished the regular season with a 10-6 mark. Quarterback Rich Gannon made the NFL Pro Bowl for the second straight season and was the game’s MVP. Gannon had the third-most prolific campaign of his 16-year pro career during the 2001 regular season, throwing for 3,828 yards on 361-of-549 passing (65.8 pct.).
Shaw began his NFL coaching career as the quality control coach with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997.
He launched his coaching career at Western Washington, where he coached the outside linebackers in 1995 and the tight ends in 1996.
A four-year letterwinner at Stanford from 1991-94 as a receiver, Shaw was a member of Stanford’s 1991 Aloha Bowl team coached by Dennis Green that finished the season with an 8-4 mark and was the third-highest scoring team in school history. He was also on the Cardinal team which went 10-3 and won the 1993 Blockbuster Bowl under the direction of head coach Bill Walsh. Shaw finished his Stanford career with 57 catches for 664 yards and five touchdowns.
He also competed in a varsity track meet and a varsity basketball game while at Stanford before graduating in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Shaw’s father, Willie, had two separate coaching stints at Stanford (1974-76, 1989-91) during his 33-year coaching career, which also included time with the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams.
Stanford announced in April of 2013 that its defensive coordinator position had been endowed by a generous gift from an anonymous donor, named in honor of Willie Shaw.
Shaw represents the Pac-12 on the AFCA Ethics Committee.
Born in San Diego, Calif., Shaw and his wife Kori are the parents of three children -- Keegan, Carter and Gavin.
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