Willie Shaw

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Willie Shaw
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1944-01-11) January 11, 1944 (age 71)
San Diego, California
Playing career
1968–1969 New Mexico
Position(s) Cornerback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
San Diego CC (Asst.)
Stanford (LB/DB)
Long Beach State (DB)
Oregon (LB)
Arizona State (DB)
Detroit Lions (DB)
Stanford (DC)
Minnesota Vikings (DB)
San Diego Chargers (DB)
St. Louis Rams (DC)
New Orleans Saints (DB)
Oakland Raiders (DC)
Kansas City Chiefs (Asst. HC/DB)
Minnesota Vikings (Asst. HC/DB)

William "Willie" Shaw (born January 11, 1944) is a retired American football player and coach who coached for a number of NFL and college football teams. He is the father of current Stanford head coach David Shaw.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Shaw was born in San Diego, California and played college football at the University of New Mexico, where he was an All-Western Athletic Conference cornerback and an All-America honorable mention cornerback.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Following his playing career, Shaw began a long career as an assistant coach at a number of college and NFL teams, coaching defenses either as a secondary coach or defensive coordinator.[2] Shaw coached for a total of 14 teams, with his longest NFL stints occurring with the Minnesota Vikings (two separate stints) and the Detroit Lions; collegiately, his longest tenures were at Stanford (two separate stints) and at Arizona State. In his second stint at Stanford, he was a finalist for the head coach position in 1992 that eventually went to Bill Walsh.[3][4]


Shaw is the father of Stanford head coach David Shaw and the brother of 1960s USC safety Nate Shaw.[1][5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Oregon hires football assistant". The Register-Guard. March 20, 1979. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ McCauley, Janie. "Shaw's influence". Associate Press. 
  3. ^ Withers, Bud (November 22, 1980). "A difference between 6 and 7". The Register-Guard. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Stanford's Shaw has long been groomed for coaching". Sports Illustrated. January 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Bio: David Shaw". Stanford University Department of Athletics. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "David Shaw Named Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football/Head Coach" (Press release). Stanford University Department of Athletics. January 13, 2011.