David Shaw named Pac-12 Coach of the Year
Stanford head coach David Shaw was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year on Monday afternoon. Following the loss of all-everything quarterback Andrew Luck, Shaw was a very deserving winner with a 10-2 overall record, a Pac-12 North title and a giant-slaying of then-No. 1 Oregon in Autzen Stadium under his belt.
This year marks the second time Shaw has won the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, joining a heady company of two-time winners: Washington's Don James, USC's Larry Smith and Pete Carroll, and Oregon's Chip Kelly.
Here's what the Pac-12 had to say about Shaw's work this season:
Shaw, who was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second straight year, is the fourth coach in Pac-12 history to earn the award in consecutive seasons. He led the Cardinal to a 10-2 regular season record and a berth in the Pac-12 Championship. Stanford notched wins over five ranked opponents in 2012 and has turned in three straight 10-win seasons for the first time in program history. The Cardinal, which boasts the nation’s top rushing defense (71.33 yards per game), is tied for 11th in scoring defense (16.92 points per game), ranks 19th in total defense (328.75 yards per game) and leads the FBS in sacks (4.42 per game). Shaw’s defense has been particularly stringent on third-down, holding opponents to a 29.53 percent conversion rate on the year, a figure that ranks eighth in the FBS. Several of Shaw’s student athletes are in contention for national awards, including tight end Zach Ertz (Mackey Award finalist).