Stanford filled one of its open coaching positions on Tuesday, officially promoting Tavita Pritchard, the QB and WR coach, to offensive coordinator.
"I would like to thank Coach Shaw for his trust, and the incredible opportunity to lead the Stanford offense," Pritchard said in a statement. "Ever since I set foot on campus as a high school junior recruit, I fell in love with this place. And over the past 13 years, it's become my home -- I met my wife in class here as an undergrad, and our son was born at Stanford Hospital. It has been an honor to be a student, teammate and coach within this program, and I'm excited to continue the journey as a Stanford Cardinal and attack my new role."
Pritchard has been on the Stanford coaching staff for eight years, and was in his fourth season as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. Pritchard was named the Kevin M. Hogan Quarterbacks Coach prior to the 2016 season, and will continue to oversee quarterbacks and wide receivers.
In his time as QB coach, Pritchard has helped to recruit and sign KJ Costello, Davis Mills, and Jack West in three consecutive years.
"Tavita and I have had a strong connection since he was a player," Shaw said in a statement. "He not only understands our offense, but he has helped us expand it over the years and has done a great job training our quarterbacks."
Pritchard spoke about the promotion in a YouTube video available to season ticket holders:
Pritchard continuing to coach QBs and WRs means that Shaw will likely hire a coach dedicated strictly to the offensive line for his next move.