Gordy Shaw Named Houston's Offensive Line Coach

Gordy Shaw

Jan. 14, 2014

HOUSTON – Veteran coach Gordy Shaw has been named Houston’s offensive line coach, UH head football coach Tony Levine announced Tuesday. The 34-year coaching veteran and former Nike Assistant Coach of the Year joins the Cougars after one season as offensive line coach at Texas State.

“Coach Shaw has a tremendous reputation and is extremely well respected within the coaching profession, and we are thrilled to have him join our program,” said Levine. “He is an outstanding teacher who has a great track record of developing and coaching offensive linemen, and he will have an immediate impact on our program.”

Prior to his lone season at Texas State, Shaw spent one year as running game coordinator and offensive line coach at Idaho after three years as the offensive line coach at Hawai'i. In his three seasons at Hawai'i, Shaw produced a Rimington Award finalist in John Estes and five All-WAC offensive linemen.

Shaw was the offensive coordinator for South Dakota in 2008, as the Coyotes ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense (37.5 points per game), sixth in total offense (461.8 yards per game) and seventh in rushing offense (240 yards per game). In addition, quarterback Noah Shepard ranked 14th nationally in passing efficiency (147.22) and 18th nationally with 13 rushing touchdowns.

Prior to joining South Dakota’s staff, Shaw spent 14 seasons at Minnesota where he coached future NFL stars Ben Hamilton, Greg Eslinger, Mark Setterstrom and Matt Spaeth. Eslinger was a two-time All-American and All-Big 10 performer who won the Rimington and Outland Trophies in 2005. Eslinger and Setterstrom helped pave the way for Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney to each rush for over 1,000 yards in 2003 and 2004, which marked the first time in NCAA history the feat was accomplished.



Shaw’s offensive line also gave up just nine sacks in 2004, and Minnesota’s offense set the Big 10 record for total offense (6,430 yards) in 2003, while finishing with the fourth-highest rushing total and sixth-highest point total for the year.

From 1997-2000, Shaw coached the Gopher defensive line and produced future pros Karon Riley and John Schlecht. In 1999, he was named Nike Assistant Coach of the Year.

During his 14 years at the school, Minnesota played in seven bowl games in an eight-year span, including five straight bowl berths beginning in 2002. The Gophers also won 38 games during those five seasons, the most since 1903-07.

Shaw joined the Minnesota staff after serving as an offensive line coach at Wyoming from 1990-92. In 1990, the Cowboys compiled a 9-4 overall record and played in the Copper Bowl.

Shaw was Idaho’s defensive coordinator in 1989 and helped guide the Vandals to a 9-3 record and the Big Sky Conference championship with an 8-0 mark.

His coaching career began in 1977 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. After two seasons at Cal Poly, Shaw served as the defensive line coach at Cal State Northridge in 1979 before returning to Cal Poly as the defensive line coach from 1980-81. The Mustangs won the NCAA Division II title in 1980.

He also coached the defensive line at Northern Arizona before serving as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Northern Colorado from 1985-88.

Shaw earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly in 1978 and his master’s from Northern Arizona in 1984. Shaw and his wife, Debra, have three daughters, Whitney, Jenna and Aubrey.  

Houston fans can currently place deposits for 2014 season tickets, the first in the new Houston Football Stadium, at UHCougars.com. A $50 deposit will allow fans to participate in the Season Ticket Select-A-Seat process in the spring of 2014. The $50 deposit is not a fee and will go towards the cost of season tickets. 2014 Season tickets in the new stadium begin at just $140. 

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