STANFORD, California – Stanford’s Bradford M. Freeman football director David Shaw announced after Saturday’s game that he was stepping down from his post with immediate effect. Shaw, a former Stanford soccer student and the most successful head coach in the program’s history, exits the tournament with a record of 96-54. Shaw received the 2017 Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year Award and led Stanford to three Pac-12 titles and two Rose Bowl victories in 12 seasons.
“After much prayer and much discussion with my wife, one phrase keeps coming to mind—it’s time,” Shaw said. “There are not enough words to describe the love and gratitude I have for my family, all my past and current players, my staff, this administration and the entire Stanford family. I thank all of you.”
A national search for Shaw’s successor will begin immediately.
“I want to thank David for his immense contributions to Stanford,” said Jaquish and Kenninger Athletics Director Bernard Muir. “David represented Stanford football, both as a player and as a coach, with unwavering grace, humility and integrity. He deeply cared about each and every student-athlete in his program, helping them reach their full academic and athletic potential. David will forever remain a valued member of the Stanford football family and an integral part of the program’s turbulent history. I hope Cardinal fans around the world will join me in thanking David and his family for their exceptional years of service and wishing them well in their next chapter.”
Shaw and Muir will be available to the media at a press conference Monday morning. Further details of the press conference will be shared with media representatives on Sunday.
Shaw not only led Stanford to three appearances at the Rose Bowl game, but is also the only four-time Pac-12 coach of the year, having led the Cardinal to three conference titles. Shaw’s 96 overall wins ranks ninth in Pac-12 history, while his 65 conference wins ranks fifth. Stanford has 29 wins against top 25 opponents (ranked eighth nationally since 2011), 11 against top 10 programs, and five against top 5 opponents. Additionally, the Cardinal had drafted 43 players, an overall ranking that placed 13th nationally and most in the Pac-12.
The Cardinal was equally successful in the classroom during Shaw’s tenure, having had a national-leading 15 Academic All-Americans since 2010, five more than any other program and 10 more than any Pac-12 school during that span, including Andrew Luck (2011). and Christian McCaffrey (2015) for Academic All-Americans of the Year.