BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College head football coach Michael Clark has announced the hiring of former Averett offensive coordinator JD Shaw to the same position with the Eagles football program.
"I have always felt at the Division III level you have to have the flexibility to adjust to the strengths of your players. JD has shown that ability, and a new set of eyes and ideas is what our program needs to get back to championship level," commented head coach Michael Clark. "I was coached in college by JD's father. When you stay in this business long enough, it is interesting to see how paths cross. From a philosophical standpoint, we are still a multiple-I team that will attack defenses with variations in formations, personnel groups, and positions."
Most recently, Shaw, a 1993 West Virginia University graduate, was at the helm of the Cougars' offense since 2002, having joined the team as part of head coach Mike Dunlevy's original staff.
With Shaw guiding the offense, Averett passed for 17,583 yards and 139 touchdowns and rushed for 16,701 yards and 159 scores. The Cougars' offense averaged more than 31 points a game from 2003-06. In 2006, Averett earned a share of the USA South Conference championship.
During his time at Averett, Shaw coached more than 50 USA South All-Conference selections on offense, and helped more than 100 football student-athletes earn USA South Academic All-Conference honors.
"When a Vice President of school referred to JD as 'the guy who cared about the kids academically,' that was a great compliment. We look forward to his contribution to our program, and I know he and his family are excited about the opportunity and challenges at Bridgewater College," Clark added.
The Eagles open the 2012 season on September 1 when they travel to Latrobe, Pa. to do battle with St. Vincent. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.
"JD's nearly 20 years of experience at the Division III level and the multiple roles he has filled in that time off of the field will provide great balance to our staff. JD understands the standards that we have set at BC and his addition will allow me to be a better head coach."