Harbaugh Names Five Assistants, Strength Coach to Staff
Jan. 10, 2007
First-year head coach Jim Harbaugh, who took over the helm of the Stanford football program on December 19, 2006, today announced the first six members of his staff, including five assistant coaches and the head strength and conditioning coach. Four of the six were on Harbaugh's staff at the University of San Diego, including one who is a former Cardinal football player.
Joining the Cardinal football staff are Lance Anderson as defensive line coach, Andy Buh as linebackers coach, Tim Drevno as tight end coach, David Shaw, who played receiver at Stanford from 1991-94, as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, Willie Taggart as running backs coach, and Shannon Turley as the strength coach. Anderson, Drevno, Shaw and Turley were with Harbaugh at USD while Taggart coached at WesternKentucky the past eight years and Buh comes to the Farm from Fresno State.
'We've got half the staff on board,' said Harbaugh, who played 15 seasons in the NFL before becoming the head coach at USD in 2004. 'They possess tremendous knowledge, have great character, they care about the student-athlete and are teachers of the game. I'm very pleased with where we are in the process of putting together our staff.'
Anderson, a 1996 graduate of Idaho State University, was the defensive line coach for USD in 2005 and '06. He has coached at five schools for the past 10 years. Prior to USD, Anderson coached the outside linebackers at Utah State in 2004 and was the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Saint Mary's College in 2003. Anderson spent four years (1999-2002) at Bucknell where he coached the tight ends and offensive line for two years, then took over as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the next two seasons. He also coached at Idaho State (1997, 1998), and with the Mobile (Ala.) Admirals of the Regional Football League in 1999.
Buh was a graduate assistant at Fresno State last year after serving as linebackers coach at San Diego State for four seasons (2002-05). He was a two-year letter-winner at Nevada, where he graduated from in 1996. Buh began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Nevada in 1997 and '98 under head coach Chris Ault. In 1999, he was the secondary and special teams coach. Buh spent the next two seasons (2000-01) at Cal as an administrative assistant.
Drevno, a 1992 graduate of Cal State Fullerton, spent four years at USD as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. A 14-year veteran of the college coaching ranks, Drevno was the offensive line coach at Idaho for three seasons (2000-2002) prior to joining the USD staff. He was the offensive line coach at San Jose State in 1999 and the running backs coach at UNLV in 1998. Drevno spent five years at Montana State (1993-1998) coaching running backs and tight ends.
Shaw was a four-year letter winner (1991-1994) at Stanford as a receiver. He was a member of Stanford's 1991 Aloha Bowl team, coached by Dennis Green, and the Cardinal's 1992 Blockbuster Bowl team coached by Bill Walsh. Shaw, whose father, Willie, was an assistant coach at Stanford from 1974-76 and again from 1989-91, caught 57 passes in his Cardinal career for 664 yards and five touchdowns. Shaw spent nine seasons in the NFL before joining Harbaugh as his passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2006. Shaw coached with the Eagles in 1997, Raiders from '98-'01 and the Ravens from '02-'05.
Taggart, a 1998 graduate of Western Kentucky University, has spent the past eight years on the Hilltopper's coaching staff (1999-2006). He was the team's quarterbacks coach from 2000-2006 and the co-offensive coordinator in 2001 and '02. He helped the Hilltopper's win the 1-AA national championship in 2002. In 2003, he was promoted to assistant head coach. One of the great players in WKU history, Taggart was a 1-AA All-American and I-AA Independent Offensive Player of the Year as a quarterback at in 1998. He finished his career as the top rushing quarterback in Division I-AA history with 3,997 yards.
Turley spent the past year at USD with Harbaugh as Director of Athletic Performance. A 2000 graduate of Virginia Tech, Turley oversaw all aspects of student-athlete performance for the Torrero's 16-sport program. He spent five years at Missouri (2001-05), the first two as a graduate assistant for strength and conditioning and the final three as assistant director of strength and conditioning. Turley also spent one year with the Kansas City Royals AA affiliate in Wichita as their strength coach. Turley, who earned his B.S. in Exercise Science and Nutrition from VTU, earned a Master's in Education and Counseling, Psychology, from Missouri.