Dave Tipton coached for 18 seasons at Stanford from 1988-2006. The former Cardinal player was also one of the school's all-time great defensive linemen and a key member of Stanford's 1971 Rose Bowl team.
Hired at Stanford on July 11, 1989, Tipton worked for five head coaches on The Farm. He coached the outside linebackers for Dennis Green from 1989-91, before moving to the defensive line under Bill Walsh for three seasons (1992-94). Under Tyrone Willingham, Tipton was the team's recruiting coordinator and defensive interior line coach for seven campaigns (1995-2001). Tipton then worked under Buddy Teevens for three seasons (2002-04) as Stanford's coach of the defensive tackles and was also the club's recruiting coordinator (2002-03) for two years prior to two seasons (2005-06) as the defensive line coach for Walt Harris.
Tipton coached some of the finest defensive players in school history. They include All-American linebacker Ron George, two-time All-Pac-10 tackle Willie Howard, and NFL players Jason Fisk, Carl Hansen, Pete Swanson and Amon Gordon. He developed a pair of 2005 seniors in Julian Jenkins and Babatunde Oshinowo that were both selected in the 2006 NFL Draft.
Howard was named First-Team All-Pacific-10 Conference in both 1999 and 2000, and became only the fourth Cardinal defensive lineman to earn First-Team All-League honors in consecutive seasons. In 1999, Howard was also named the winner of the Morris Trophy as the best lineman in the Pac-10. George was a two-time all-conference player and All-American selection in 1992.
Tipton (born April 23, 1949) was the defensive line coach at Oregon State in 1988. Prior to that stint, he was the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at Cal State Fullerton for four seasons (1984-87). While at Fullerton, he also served as the strength and conditioning coordinator.
From 1981-83, Tipton was the defensive coordinator at Sweetwater High School in National City, California. The 1983 Sweetwater team recorded nine shutouts and won the CIF Championship, while the 1981 and 1982 clubs reached the CIF semifinals.
Tipton was the defensive coordinator from 1979-80 at Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista, California. His 1980 squad was also a CIF semifinalist.
In 1977, Tipton was defensive line coach at United States International University in San Diego, California.
Tipton graduated from Stanford in May of 1971 with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. He later received a Master's degree in Education with an emphasis in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific in August 1981.
While a player at Stanford, Tipton was named to the Coaches' All-American team as a senior defensive tackle in 1970. He was also named All-West Coast and All-Pac-8 the same season. On January 1, 1971, while Jim Plunkett and his mates were controlling the offense, Tipton and the remaining Thunderchickens were controlling the defense as Stanford defeated Big Ten champion Ohio State, 27-17, to win the Rose Bowl.
A native of Hollister, California, Tipton then began a six-year pro playing career when he was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Giants in 1971. He played three seasons with the Giants (1971-73), two years with the San Diego Chargers (1974-75), and one with the Seattle Seahawks (1976) before embarking on his coaching career.
Dave and his wife, Mia, have four children - Matthew (born 11/25/77), Megan (born 5/9/81), Will (born 8/14/84) and Amanda (born 7/16/87). The Tiptons - Amanda, Matt, Megan, Mia and Will - have sung the national anthem at Stanford football and women's basketball games. Matt, who graduated from Stanford in June, 2001, was a manager for the football team. Megan, who graduated from the University of Oregon, is a former member of Stanford's Athletic Marketing staff and now the Assistant Sports Marketing Director for her alma mater. Will graduated from Chapman University in Southern California in June of 2006 and Amanda attends UC Santa Barbara, where she is a member of the women's water polo team.
The Tipton File
David Lance Tipton
Stanford, 1971 (B.A., Politicial Science)
Azusa Pacific, 1981 (M.A., Education)
Matthew, Megan, Will, Amanda
DT, Stanford (1967-70)
DT, New York Giants (1971-73)
DT, San Diego Chargers (1974-75)
DT, Seattle Seahawks (1976)
United States Int'l
Bonita Vista HS
Cal State Fullerton
Defensive Line/Special Teams
OLB (1989-91), Defensive Line (1992-2006), Recruting Coordinator (2002-03)