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Stanford renames QB coaching position after Kevin Hogan

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The legacy of Kevin Hogan at Stanford will continue for years thanks to a gift from a pair of  Stanford alums. The school announced on Thursday the position of quarterbacks coach has been endowed by a gift from Kim and Eddie Poplawski in honor of the now former Cardinal quarterback.

“I am beyond humbled by this generous gift from Eddie and Kim Poplawski,” said Tavita Pritchard, Stanford’s first Kevin M. Hogan Quarterbacks Coach. “The legacy that Kevin Hogan left on the field can only be eclipsed by the caliber of his character. This gift is a great reminder of what makes our Stanford community so special.”

A statement from the generous donors praised Hogan.

“Our lives have been incredibly blessed by our, nearly four-decade old, connection to Stanford, and it is truly a pleasure and privilege to be able to honor Kevin and his family in this manner,” said Kim and Eddie Poplawski. “In our minds, Kevin has set the gold standard on many different levels for student-athletes. He leads by example with conviction and grace. He competes with intense passion, but always with respect and tremendous humility. He thoughtfully and thoroughly prepares himself for the challenges he faces on and off the field, while remaining keenly focused and concerned about the successes of others not just his own. 

“Kevin is a Stanford treasure who will always represent our university in a first-class manner no matter where his life’s journey leads him. It warms our hearts to be able to forever commemorate his legacy on The Farm.

Hogan was 36-10 as Stanford’s quarterback over the past four seasons and a part of three Pac-12 championship teams with two Rose Bowl victories along the way.

Stanford now has five football staff positions endowed with this newest renamed position. Head coach David Shaw is officially Stanford’s Bradford M. Freeman Director of football. Lance Anderson is the Willie Shaw Director of Defense. Mike Bloomgren is the Associate Head Coach and Andrew Luck Director of Offense. Shannon Terry holds the title of Kissick Family Director of Sports Performance.

Stanford looks to NFL to fill RBs coach opening

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In filling the lone remaining hole on his Stanford coaching staff, David Shaw may raise some eyebrows by looking to an individual who has never coached the position for which he was hired at any level and hasn’t been a full-time assistant at the FBS level.

Based on Shaw’s track record, however, I wouldn’t bet on this being anything other than yet another successful hire.

In a release, the Cardinal announced Wednesday that Lance Taylor (no relation) (not my adult film moniker) has been hired as Shaw’s new running backs coach.  Taylor will replace Tavita Pritchard, who assumed the role of quarterbacks coach/wide receivers coach after Mike Sanford left to become Boise State’s offensive coordinator.

“Lance is a bright, energetic coach that has the experience of working with multiple positions at the highest level of football,” said Shaw in a statement. “Our running backs will benefit from his passionate and detailed approach to the game.”

Taylor, who was a wide receiver at Alabama (1999-2003), spent the past four seasons with the NFL’s New York Jets and Carolina Panthers.  His first coaching job came as a grad assistant with the Tide in 2007 and then again in 2008.  His only job as a full-time assistant at the collegiate level came at Appalachian State in 2009.

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Stanford names Bloomgren as new OC

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Nearly two weeks after losing their offensive coordinator to the NFL, Stanford has found a replacement.  And, as expected, they didn’t have to go outside their own football house to do so.

In a release, head coach David Shaw announced that Mike Bloomgren has been promoted to what’s officially called the “Andrew Luck Director of Offense/Offensive Coordinator.”  Bloomgren will continue on as the Cardinal’s offensive line coach, but will give up his duties as run-game coordinator.

Bloomgren replaces Pep Hamilton, who took the coordinator job with the Indianapolis Colts in mid-January.

“I’m very excited about elevating Mike Bloomgren,” said Shaw in a statement. “He was the only choice. We didn’t interview anybody else, and we didn’t want to interview anyone else. Mike has done an outstanding job with our offensive line and run game, though he’s more than an offensive line coach. He understands our offense and how diverse we need to be to attack defenses.

“We hope to continue the success we’ve had on offense, while also improving in many areas, and Mike is the right guy to lead us to our goals.”

Hamilton had also served as quarterbacks coach; Mike Sanford will take over those duties as well as the new title of wide receivers coach.  Sanford will continue in his role of recruiting coordinator.

Taking Sanford’s place as running backs coach  will be former Cardinal quarterback Tavita Pritchard.  Pritchard spent the past two seasons as a defensive assistant at his alma mater.

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