In his 16 years with the Stanford women's volleyball program, Don Shaw accumulated a winning percentage of .863 (440-70), ranking as the best in NCAA history. Under his leadership, Stanford won four National Championships and 10 conference titles, including six in a row from 1994-99, the longest streak in Pac-10 history. In Shaw's 16 years as head women's coach, Stanford's women's volleyball program was ranked in the top-10 of the AVCA poll all but nine weeks.
Shaw also directed the men's volleyball team at Stanford for a total of seven seasons, with stints on either end of his tenure with the women's program. Under Shaw's guidance of both programs, 17 student-athletes earned a combined 37 AVCA All-America awards. Many of his former players also went on to compete at the national level, including Scott Fortune and Kim Oden, captains of the 1992 men's and women's Olympic teams, respectively, and Kerri Walsh, a two-time beach volleyball Olympic Gold Medalist, who is also widely regarded as one of the best beach volleyball players in the world.
Finding time to be an influential force in the volleyball community is something that Shaw has masterfully done. He was a charter member of the AVCA, and has served on the NCAA District VIII Advisory Committee. Shaw also sought to help develop volleyball skills in players at a young age, by conducting several clinics around the country, as well as being the co-founder and director of Stanford's men's and women's volleyball camps for 20 years.
"When I think about a Don Shaw coached team, the first two things to jump out at me are the precision of execution and the competitiveness on the court," says John Kosty, Stanford's current men's volleyball head coach, in his nomination letter. "He instilled a great passion for the game of volleyball in his student-athletes and accepted nothing but the best out of every member on the team."