Stanford coach David Shaw and Washington State coach Mike Leach were named the Pac-12’s co-Coaches of the Year after both men led their respective teams to outstanding seasons.
Leach, in his fourth season in Pullman, led the Cougars to an 8-4 (6-3 Pac-12) record, their best finish since his arrival. The team pulled off key wins against the likes of Arizona and UCLA this season, and ranked 22nd in FBS in total offense and first in passing yards per game, averaging 397 per contest with sophomore Luke Falk under center.
Shaw had yet another great season in his fifth year with the Cardinal, finishing 10-2 (8-1 Pac-12) and clinching the Pac-12 North despite opening the season with a loss at Northwestern. Stanford’s only other blemish over the remainder of the season was a loss to Oregon last month, effectively killing its CFP hopes, but Stanford can still score some points with a strong bowl bid if it knocks off USC in Saturday’s Pac-12 championship game.
Needless to say, both men did great jobs this season and are more than worthy of this award.
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