Gordon "Gordy" Shaw joins Idaho staff

MONDAY AFTERNOON IDAHO ANNOUNCED THE HIRE OF GORDY SHAW as the new offensive line coach and running game coordinator for the Vandals. Shaw, Hawaii's offensive line coach the last three seasons, brings over 30 years of experience to the Idaho staff, including a 13 year stint at Minnesota of the Big Ten where he coached 2005 Outland and Rimington Trophy winner Greg Eslinger.

Gordon "Gordy" Shaw
Co-Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line
Previously: Offensive Line Coach, Hawaii
CAREER: Coached both OL and DL, and OC / DC at multiple schools since '77

It is a homecoming of sorts for Gordy Shaw, Idaho's new offensive line coach who will also be responsible for coordinating the Vandal running game this fall. Coach Shaw was in Moscow for a brief, one-year stint back in 1989 when he was Idaho's defensive coordinator in a season where the Vandals put together a 9-2 record enroute to a Big Sky Championship.

And no, that isn't a typo. Shaw has coached both the offensive and defensive lines in his vast career which includes stops at Hawaii, Wyoming, and a 13 year run at Minnesota of the Big Ten (among others).

From today's Idaho press release: "I'm real excited we could get a coach of his caliber," said Idaho coach Robb Akey as he announced Shaw's addition to his 2012 staff. "He knows what it takes to have success here. He's a great teacher; a great person. He's going to fit in very, very well."

In all, Shaw's extensive coaching experience includes the following:
2009-2011 - Hawaii, OL
2008 - South Dakota, Offensive Coordinator
1994-2006 - Minnesota, OL/DL
1990-1992 - Wyoming, OL
1989 - Idaho, DC
1985-1988 - Northern Colorado, OC/OL
1982-1985 - Northern Arizona, DL
1980-1981 - Cal Poly, DL
1979 - Cal State Northridge, DL
1977-1978 - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, GA
Of Shaw's 30-plus year coaching career, his longest stop was with the Minnesota program where he spent 13 seasons and coached both the offensive and defensive lines. In 1999 while he was coaching the Gopher defensive line (1997-2000), he was named Nike Assistant Coach of the Year.

But it was the offensive side of the ball where he spent most of his time at Minnesota, leading a lengthy list of standouts that included Ben Hamilton, Greg Eslinger, Mark Setterstrom and Matt Spaeth, all of whom went on to play in the NFL. Eslinger became the most decorated of the bunch, being named a two-time All-American and all-Big Ten selection before going on to win the Rimington Trophy and the Outland Trophy in 2005, recognizing the nations top center and lineman, respectively. Statistically, in 2004 Shaw's line gave up just nine sacks, while in 2003 the Minnesota offense set the Big Ten record for total offense (6,430 yards) while finishing with the fourth-highest rushing total and sixth-highest point total for the year.

During his time with Minnesota Shaw was part of a staff that sent the Gophers to five consecutive bowls from 2002-2006. And from his Minnesota bio, this:
Since 1971, Minnesota has had seven first team All-Americans and 11 total All-Americans. During that time Shaw has either coached or recruited six of them.
After Minnesota, Shaw spent one year as the offensive coordinator at South Dakota in 2008 -- the school's first year at the D1 level after moving up from D2. That season the Coyote offense was potent, led by quarterback Noah Shepard who rushed for 13 touchdowns (18th nationally) and backed it up with a 147.22 passing efficiency rating. Overall, the team averaged 37.5 points per game, and ranked in the top ten nationally with 461.8 yards per game and 240 yards per game rushing.

Most recently, Shaw spent the last three years on the sideline opposite Idaho in WAC games where he worked as the offensive line coach at Hawaii. During his time with the Warriors he coached perennially solid lines, including athletesJohn Estes, Ray Hisatake, and Aaron Kia, all of whom went on to the NFL after college.

Since joining the WAC, Idaho could always count on a fierce battle in the trenches against the Warriors. That includes the last three years when Shaw was preparing their offensive line.

Now, Shaw will be anticipated to bring that same level of performance to the Vandal line this fall.

LINK: OFFICIAL Idaho Press Release

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