Stanford, California – Football manager Bradford M. Freeman at Stanford David Shaw He announced after Saturday’s match that he would step down from his position immediately. Shaw, a former Stanford student-athlete and the winningest head coach in program history, leaves with a record of 96–54. Shaw was honored with 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 many prayers and multiple discussions with my wife, one sentence still comes to me—it’s time,” Shaw said. “There are not enough words to describe the love and gratitude I feel for my family, all the players past and present, the staff, this administration and the entire Stanford family. Thank you all.”
The national search for Shaw’s successor would begin immediately.
“I want to thank David for his tremendous contributions to Stanford,” said Jacques and Kenninger athletics director Bernard Muir. “David represented Stanford football, both as a player and coach, with unwavering grace, humility, and integrity. He cared deeply for each student-athlete in his program while helping them strive to reach their full academic and athletic potential. You will forever be a valued member of the Stanford football family and an indelible part integral to the show’s storied history. I hope Cardinals fans everywhere will join me in thanking David and his family for their extraordinary years of service and wishing them all the best in their next chapter.”
Xu and Muir will be available to the media at a press conference Monday morning. More details about the press conference will be shared with members of the media on Sunday.
In addition to guiding Stanford to three Rose Bowl appearances, Shaw is the only four-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, having led the Cardinals to three conference titles. Shaw’s 96 total wins ranks ninth in Pac-12 history while his 65 conference wins rank fifth. Stanford has 29 wins against top 25 opponents (ranked 8th nationally since 2011), 11 wins against top 10 programs and five wins against top 5 opponents. In addition, the Cardinals have had 43 players drafted, an overall ranking that is tied for 13th nationally and tied for the most in the Pac-12.
The Cardinals have been just as accomplished in the classroom during Shaw’s tenure, boasting a leading 15 Academic All-Americans since 2010, five more than any other program and 10 more than any other Pac-12 school in that span, including Andrew Luck (2011) and Christian McCaffrey (2015) as Academic All-Americans of the Year.