David Shaw steps down at Stanford after 12 seasons as winningest coach in program history


Stanford coach David Shaw resigned from his position early Sunday morning. Shortly after the Cardinal lost 35-26 to BYU at home to end the regular season, their sports department announced Shaw’s departure after 12 years in charge of the program.

Shaw oversaw his least successful season at Stanford in 2022, when the Cardinal finished 3–9 overall for the second straight year and 1–8 in the Pac-12 game, their worst record against league rivals under his management.

Having won three Pac-12 championships and led Stanford to eight consecutive winning seasons (five with 10+ wins), the 2017 National Coach of the Year and four-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year has seen significant regression since then. The Cardinals are 14-28 (10-23 Pac-12) over the last four seasons and their only winning record came during a shortened 2020 campaign due to COVID-19. Stanford hasn’t bowled since 2018 and hasn’t finished higher than third in the Pac-12 North standings in that time.

“After many prayers and numerous discussions with my wife, one phrase constantly comes to mind – it’s time,” Shaw said in a statement. “There are not enough words to describe the love and gratitude I have for my family, all my former and current players, my staff, this administration, and the entire Stanford family. Thank you all.”

Shaw finishes 96-54 (65-38 Pac-12) at Stanford as the best coach in program history and the ninth winning coach in Pac-12 history. The former Cardinal Wide wide receiver (1991–94) returned to his alma mater as offensive coordinator Jim Harbaugh in 2007. When Harbaugh left to coach the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, Shaw was named his immediate replacement.

Stanford says it has launched a nationwide search for Shaw’s replacement, and more information will be provided at a press conference on Monday.

“I would like to thank David for his tremendous contribution to Stanford,” said athletic director Bernard Muir. “David represented Stanford football as a player and as a coach with unwavering grace, humility and integrity. He cared deeply for every student-athlete in his program, helping them reach their full academic and athletic potential. David will forever be a valued member of the Stanford football family and an integral part of the program’s storied history. I hope Cardinal fans around the world will join me in thanking David and his family for their outstanding years of service and wishing them all the best in their careers. next chapter.”

Source: www.cbssports.com