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A Conversation with David Shaw
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/06/2013

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In two short seasons, David Shaw, ’94, the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football at Stanford University, has firmly established himself as one of the top college coaches in the country. Twice named Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year, Shaw entered 2013 with a 23-4 record, a winning percentage of .852. He guided the Cardinal to the 2012 Pac-12 Championship, including upsets of No. 1-ranked Oregon and No. 2-ranked USC. He is one of only four men to lead his team to two straight BCS appearances in his first two seasons as a college head coach. The latter culminated in a 20–14 win against Wisconsin, the Cardinal’s first Rose Bowl Game victory since the 1971 season.

Shaw graduated from Stanford with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and was a four-year letterman in football. A wide receiver, the San Diego native caught 57 passes for 664 yards and five touchdowns. He also competed in a varsity basketball game and a varsity track meet.

Prior to becoming head coach at Stanford, he spent four years as the team’s offensive coordinator under Jim Harbaugh. He also served as the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator at the University of San Diego and coached in the NFL for nine years.

In a candid interview with, Shaw reveals why he loves Stanford, his favorite places on campus, game day rituals, and much more. Here is an inside look at one of the hottest coaches in football.


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