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Stanford hires Ron Gould as running backs coach

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David Shaw nabs the former UC Davis & Cal coach

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Stanford hired Ron Gould as its new running backs coach on Thursday. Gould has spent the last four years as the UC Davis head football coach.

Gould is an experienced recruiter in the Bay Area. Before his head coaching stint at UC Davis, Gould coached for 16 years at Cal.

When Gould was the running backs coach for the Bears, he tutored an impressive group of runners, including Marshawn Lynch, JJ Arrington, Jahvid Best, Shane Vereen, and CJ Anderson.

Gould is the second assistant coach that David Shaw has hired that was also a member of Jeff Tedford’s staff at Cal, joining special teams coordinator Pete Alamar.

Gould said this in a statement:

"I want to thank head coach David Shaw for giving me an opportunity to be part of such an extraordinary program," Gould said. "I am honored that they chose me to join the Stanford football family and that they believe in my ability to add value to an already successful program. I have always had a ton of respect for Coach Shaw both as a person and a coach, and look forward to growing under his tutelage. Stanford is one of the preeminent universities in the world, and Stanford football is a model program for everything I believe in. It is a program that consistently wins championships, always operates with integrity, and supports world-class academics, while at the same time developing student-athletes both on and off the field."

Gould replaces Lance Taylor, who left the Farm to become the Carolina Panthers’ wide receivers coach. Taylor spent three years as Stanford’s running backs coach, overseeing the breakout of Christian McCaffrey.