Tavita Pritchard

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Tavita Pritchard
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Quarterbacks Coach & Recruiting Coordinator
Team Stanford
Conference Pac-12
Biographical details
Born (1987-02-20) February 20, 1987 (age 30)
Tacoma, Washington
Playing career
2006–2009 Stanford
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2010 Stanford (GA)
2011–2012 Stanford (Defensive Asst.)
2013 Stanford (RB)
2013–present Stanford (QB, WR)

Tavita Pritchard (born February 20, 1987) is a former college football quarterback for Stanford who is now the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Stanford.

High school career[edit]

Pritchard graduated from Clover Park High School in Lakewood, Washington, where he threw for 5,323 yards and 55 touchdowns in his high school career.[1] Pritchard was also a standout on the baseball team and star pitcher. Pritchard was also four year varsity letter winner on the Clover Park basketball team.

College career[edit]

Pritchard received his first start at Stanford on October 6, 2007 in a game against top-ranked USC, after starter T. C. Ostrander suffered a seizure the week before the game. Though Stanford was a 41-point underdog, Pritchard led Stanford to an improbable 24–23 victory and earned the starting job.[2][3]

Pritchard was replaced as the starting quarterback by redshirt freshman Andrew Luck during the 2009 season. After Luck injured a finger on his throwing hand and had surgery prior to the 2009 Sun Bowl, Pritchard started for the Cardinal. He went 8 for 19 for 118 yards and two interceptions in the 31–27 loss to Oklahoma.

After college[edit]

Pritchard went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft. In May, he participated in a rookie minicamp with the San Francisco 49ers,[4] but was not offered a contract. Pritchard worked as a volunteer assistant for the Stanford football team in 2010, and in 2011, was hired as a defensive assistant football coach at Stanford by new head football coach David Shaw. In January 2013, Pritchard was elevated to the role of running backs coach.[5] In December of that year, he was promoted to quarterbacks and wide receivers coach, succeeding Mike Sanford.[6]


Pritchard's father David was a starting center at Washington State in 1981 and an uncle is former NFL quarterback Jack "The Throwin' Samoan" Thompson.[1] He is third in a family of eleven children. He grew up in Centralia, Washington and his freshman year he moved to Lakewood. He was a Communications major at Stanford and a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He is married to Caroline Kusin Pritchard. Also known as king pickles aka coach pickles aka the pickle of pickles.


  1. ^ a b "Player Bio: Tavita Pritchard". Stanford Football Media Guide. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Harbaugh: "This is the start"". San Jose Mercury News. October 8, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  3. ^ Sabedra, Darren (October 10, 2007). "Pritchard will remain Stanford starter at quarterback". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  4. ^ White, David (2010-05-01). "Receiver Ginn learning the ropes". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  5. ^ "Tavita Pritchard". Stanford Department of Athletics. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Stanford's Pritchard gets a promotion". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 

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