El Dorado High School has named Bill Shaw as the new Head Football coach. Educating young people is something that is important to Shaw, as he has been involved in education for 41 years. This year is Shaw’s second year as an El Dorado Wildcat as he has coached baseball and taught physical education and strength and conditioning the last two years. In his first year with El Dorado baseball, the Wildcats finished with a record of 13-8.
Coach Shaw has had a long and successful career coaching various sports at Ingalls High School, Wellington High School, Derby High School, Campus High School, and Friends University. In his career as a football coach, Shaw has coached in two 4A state champions and four 6A state championships. Shaw took Wellington to the state championship as an assistant coach in 1981 and 1982. Wellington lost in 1981, but came out victorious in the championship the next year. Wellington held the record for consecutive trips to the playoffs, and Shaw helped contribute to that record. Shaw also coached baseball at Wellington during that time.
After Wellington, Shaw was hired as the defensive coordinator at Derby High School. While at Derby, the Panthers earned a no. 8 national ranking and won the class 6A state championship in 1994. Shaw also helped Derby reach three other state championships.
In 2006 Shaw wanted a change, and went to Friends University. Shaw had built a relationship with the coaching staff through the recruiting of his players at Derby High School. Friends won the conference championship in Shaw’s first three years at the University and reached the NAIA playoffs.
Shaw joined the El Dorado football program in the 2015 season as defensive coordinator where he served one year before going back to Friends for the 2016 season.
The El Dorado football program has struggled in recent years, as the Wildcats have failed to finish with a winning record in the last decade. Shaw will begin trying to change that in the fall of 2017.
“This head job opened up and it really intrigued me. Ive been working with these kids daily in the weight room. I’ve established a good rapport with them and I wanted to take a shot at this position.” said Shaw. “It became open and I applied for it and was fortunate enough to get it, and now the work begins”