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 29)
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 in Tacoma, Washington) 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.


  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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