David Shaw realized his dream of coaching his alma mater when in January 2011 he was named the 34th head coach of the Stanford Cardinal football team. In his first year at the helm, the Cardinal finished the regular season with 11 wins and earned a trip to a BCS bowl game. Among his early accomplishments, Shaw was named BCA Male Coach of the Year, while also being named a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award.
Shaw is also credited with playing a key role in the development and mentoring of phenom quarterback Andrew Luck, both during the 2011 season and in Luck's previous two years when Shaw was the team's offensive coordinator. Prior to returning to Stanford, Shaw gained experience coaching in both the collegiate and professional level.
Aside from coaching, Shaw uses his position to enable change with several charitable organizations and initiatives in the California area. He also encourages his players to be actively involved in the Stanford community and on-campus charitable organizations.
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