The 2017 Pac-12 Coach of the Year’s involvement reaches far beyond the football field. Since taking over as the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football in 2011, Coach Shaw has invested his time creating winners on and off the field. In the classroom, his student-athletes have maintained a high level of academic excellence earning an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 985 and a graduation success rate of 96 percent. These impressive numbers earned Stanford a spot among Clemson, Duke, Northwestern and Wisconsin as the only FBS football teams to earn APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA in each of the past four years. To cap off the season, two Stanford student-athletes earned Academic All-America honors. This marks the first time since 2010 two Cardinal players have earned this honor in the same season.
In the community, Coach Shaw represents the Pac-12 on the AFCA Ethics Committee and is one of 18 individuals named to USA Football’s newly created Football Advisory Committee. Last year, he was also the only head football coach named to the NCAA Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence. In addition to his work with the Commission, Shaw has been a big advocate of the Set The Expectation pledge, aimed at working to end the culture of sexual assault and domestic violence among college and high school athletes. Stanford players became the first university in the country to sign the Set The Expectation student pledge, stating they would use their platforms to speak out against sexual assault and violence against women.
On the field, Coach Shaw and the Cardinal proved their resilience by overcoming a 1-2 start to the season to come back and win eight of its final nine regular-season games, including victories over No. 9 Washington and No. 8 Notre Dame. Stanford clinched the Pac-12 North Division and made its fourth Pac-12 Championship Game appearance under Shaw. Stanford’s win against California in week 12 was Shaw’s 75th victory as head coach is the most-ever by a Stanford head coach. He has posted eight or more wins in nine consecutive seasons. This season under Shaw, Bryce Love was named the 2017 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and Walker Little earned 2017 Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Co-Player of the Year. This marks the fifth time in the last nine years that Stanford has claimed the conference offensive player of the year honor.
“Coach Shaw’s performance on and off the field epitomizes what the Dodd Trophy is all about,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “He has long exhibited the ideals that are representative of Coach Dodd – scholarship, leadership and integrity – so we are honored to recognize him and the impact he has had not only on his student-athletes, but also to the Palo Alto and broader college football community as a whole.”