Scott Shafer named Syracuse head coach

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday January 09, 2013

Posted by: Chris Vannini on January 9, 2013

Scott Shafer has his first head coaching job.

Syracuse's defensive coordinator for the last three years has been promoted to head coach to replace Doug Marrone, who left for the Buffalo Bills. The school announcing the hiring Wednesday.

"I look forward to representing the hard-nosed city of Syracuse and the great state of New York as the head coach of Syracuse University," Shafer said in a release. "We will go to work every day to put a quality product on the field as we storm our way into the Atlantic Coast Conference. We are very motivated to start preparing for the 2013 campaign with our current team and incoming student-athletes."

The 46-year-old Shafer came to Syracuse from Michigan, where he was defensive coordinator in 2008. He also has been a defensive coordinator at Stanford, Western Michigan and Northern Illinois, working with a number of accomplished head coaches.

"I can't think of a coach in America who is more deserving of having an opportunity to be a head coach," Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross said in a statement. "His commitment to developing the total student-athlete is unmatched. We have all seen the attitude of his defense, which consists of unity, toughness and persistence. I know and trust Coach Shafer will enhance the momentum that has been created in the program.

"He is a brilliant coach, a tireless worker and a relentless recruiter who believes that we can create a sustainable championship culture. I am convinced Coach Shafer will successfully carry the torch of the Syracuse football legacy."

The school also released some quotes from coaches Shafer has worked with, including Jim Harbaugh, David Shaw, Bill Mallory and Marrone.

"As a Syracuse letterwinner, I am proud to have Scott Shafer leading the football program," Marrone said. "He is a person of high integrity who cares about the student-athletes and their development on and off the field. Scott has proven his expertise as a defensive coordinator and is ready to lead the program. I wish him all the best as the head coach of the Orange."





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