Stanford's Shaw followed father into coaching


Stanford's Shaw followed father into coaching

Jan. 15, 2011STANFORD PAGE

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Willie Shawremembers when he first took his teenage son to Lions training camp.David Shaw, in junior high at the time and an aspiring receiver, stayedin the dormitory with his father, shagged balls for the wideouts andeven sat in on their position meetings.He spent about three weeks workingbehind the scenes for Detroit that summer of 1985. It was then whenWillie Shaw - a longtime NFL and college assistant - realized his sonmight one day have the coaching bug, too.Two and a half decades later, DavidShaw is Stanford's new coach, promoted from offensive coordinator toreplace Jim Harbaugh and keep this program rolling on the heels of a12-1 season and Orange Bowl victory."The receivers started coming to meand saying: 'Coach, your son, he knows what we're doing. He watcheswhat we're doing in meetings, how we're putting in plays and he asksquestions about it,'" said Willie Shaw, always a defensive coachhimself. "After that, he would come to training camp every year and Iknew he was probably going to go into coaching because he was around itso much. I've got pictures of him when he was 3 years old and I wascoaching at Stanford and he was on the practice field."Still, when David Shaw broke the newsto his mother, Gay, that he did indeed want to coach, she could barelytake the news. Her son was following in his father's footsteps in apressure-packed profession."'Haven't you seen what has happenedin our lives?'" David Shaw said, repeating his mother's words andreaction. "'Don't you understand what this profession does to peopleand their families?'"Shaw's dad became emotional Thursdayfor other reasons - namely the pride he felt seeing his son step intothe top job at Stanford at age 38. This family has come full circle onThe Farm, where Willie Shaw was a finalist for the head coaching job in1992 - with his son then on the team - when the late Hall of Fame coachBill Walsh decided at the last minute to return for a second stintcoaching the Cardinal.Willie Shaw instead went to the Vikings as the defensive backs coach under Dennis Green."I coached here twice. This place isstill in my heart. It's my favorite place I've ever coached," WillieShaw said of Stanford. "It's so rewarding to see this happen 18 yearslater. Now I'm thinking, I didn't get it before, maybe that was why.This is even more rewarding than if I had gotten it back then. I'mreally so proud."David Shaw wound up a receiver atStanford, where he received his sociology degree and initially hadplans of working in the financial world. He played for the Cardinalfrom 1991-94 under Green and Walsh.When Shaw learned of a coaching job at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., he took the leap.And he realized it was the right move "the first day of practice."Clearly, this is in his blood."My father had a huge influence onme getting into coaching. My last two years (as a player) I wasreferred to as coach Shaw by the younger receivers because I was alwaysthe guy who was hard on them with their splits and their depth andtheir routes," David Shaw said."I had this itch. Once we start wecan't do anything else. We dive into it. We sleep in our offices andwork insane hours. Our passion for the game and for the guys we coach,it comes to a point where you can't hide it."Shaw takes over after Harbaughdeparted last Friday to become coach of the San Francisco 49ers. A bigbonus for Shaw: Orange Bowl MVP quarterback and Heisman Trophyrunner-up Andrew Luck is returning for another season rather thandeclaring for the NFL draft."It's nice not having to learn a newplaybook, to be able to hit spring ball running like you were just onthe field in the bowl game," Luck said. "I think that definitely helpsin terms of making a smooth transition."Shaw was an NFL assistant withPhiladelphia, Oakland and Baltimore, before joining Harbaugh as anassistant at the University of San Diego. As passing game coordinatorand receivers coach, he helped lead the Toreros to an 11-1 record andthe top marks in what was then Division I-AA in passing offense, totaloffense and scoring offense.He joined Harbaugh at Stanford thefollowing year and has coached receivers and running backs, while alsoserving as offensive coordinator the past four years."He comes from a tremendous coaching family," Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby said.Shaw once even asked his father as a young boy, "Dad, how do you get to Stanford?"His father, who knew a thing or twoabout hard work as the oldest of seven children, responded byinstructing his son to spend three hours each night at the kitchentable studying. Or, at the very least, just reading if he didn't haveany assigned homework."I said, 'because you're going to have to have that kind of discipline to get to Stanford,'" his father recalled.All that effort, starting way back then, sure has paid off for Shaw.

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

OAKLAND -- With Kevin Durant out of the Warriors lineup Saturday night with swelling in his left pinky finger, rookie wing Pat McCaw will start at forward against Brooklyn at Oracle Arena.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the announcement two hours before tipoff.

As for Durant, the contusion in his left pinky finger, sustained Thursday, is still in the healing process.

“Kevin’s hand is still a little swollen,” Kerr said. “It’s not anything we want to mess around with. We’ve got a long trip coming up, a lot of games. It made sense to give him the night off. We’ll have tomorrow off, flying in to Philadelphia. So hopefully the next couple days it’ll calm down and be fine. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing.”

The decision to start McCaw -- who often competes with Ian Clark for playing time -- was based mostly on how he matches up against the Nets.

“They both have my trust and my confidence,” Kerr said. “Both of them are very effective. It’s depending what we need. If we need ball movement and cutting, I’m more likely to go to Ian. He’s a great back-cutter and he gives our offense flow and he’ll make spot-up shots. If we need some size defensively, we’ll go to Patrick. They’ve both been effective. I wouldn’t say either one is ahead of the other. They’re both going to play.”

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

The San Jose Earthquakes concluded their 2017 preseason campaign with a 4-1 win against Sacramento Republic FC at Avaya Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Shea Salinas, Simon Dawkins, Jahmir Hyka and Danny Hoesen each scored for the Earthquakes in the victory to give San Jose a 6-1-2 record in preseason play.

In the 14th minute, Salinas gave the Earthquakes a 1-0 advantage when he one-timed Tommy Thompson's cross into the back of the net. In the buildup to the goal, Nick Lima threw the ball in and found fellow Homegrown player Thompson on the right side of the six-yard box. With one touch, Thompson crossed the ball to Salinas who made no mistake with his finish.

Republic FC equalized the match in the 54th minute with a penalty from Sammy Ochoa after Anibal Godoy was called for a handball in the box.

The Earthquakes regained the lead in the 66th minute when Dawkins sent a powerful low shot into the bottom left corner of Sacramento's goal from the top of the 18-yard box after receiving a through pass from Darwin Ceren.

After entering the match at halftime, Hyka made the game 3-1 in the 79th minute, finishing Godoy's cross with one touch.

Hoesen concluded the scoring for the Quakes in first minute of stoppage time after he dribbled past the Sacramento defense and sent the ball across the goal into the bottom right corner to make the final score 4-1.

"It was good," said Quakes defender and second-ever Homegrown signing Nick Lima, who started Saturday. "It was obviously our first time in the preseason in the stadium. It was good to get out there with our starters and I think we finished the way we wanted to. There's obviously a lot of improvement that we need to do, but now we have a week just to focus on Montreal. That was the ultimate goal from the beginning of preseason to get ready for that game and I think we took a step in the right direction."

The Earthquakes will start the 2017 MLS Regular Season next Saturday, March 4, at 6:45 p.m. against the Montreal Impact.

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