Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Buck "The Silver Fox" Shaw

Buck "The Silver Fox" Shaw


  • Position: Coach
  • School: North Carolina State, Nevada, Santa Clara, California, Air Force
  • Years: 1924-1957
  • Inducted: 1972
  • Place of Birth: Mitchellville, IA
  • Date of Birth: Mar 28, 1899
  • Place of Death: Menlo Park, CA
  • Date of Death: Mar 19, 1977

Member Biography

"Buck" Shaw built the finest coaching record in Santa Clara football history. The former Notre Dame tackle joined the Bronco staff in 1929 as line coach, a position he held until assuming the head coaching slot in 1936. Over the next seven seasons, Shaw's teams compiled a record of 47-10-4, including a span of 16 consecutive wins. The 1937 Santa Clara crew allowed only nine points over a nine-game campaign. Highlighting Shaw's tenure at the Bronco helm were a pair of victories over heavily-favored Louisiana State elevens, 21-14, in 1937, and 6-0, in 1938. Prior to his days at Santa Clara, Shaw had been head coach at North Carolina State (1924) and Nevada (1925-1928). He coached one year at California (1945) after departing from Santa Clara, but left the collegiate ranks in 1946 to become head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, a position he held until 1954. His 49er teams logged a 33-25-2 record before Shaw returned to the college game as coach at the newly-established U.S. Air Force Academy. However, Shaw could not stay away from professional ball, and in 1958, took over the Philadelphia Eagles, guiding them to the NFL Championship in 1960.