June 5, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina third-year head football coach Mark Speir today announced the addition of Jaybo Shaw to complete his coaching staff, taking the role as the wide receivers coach. Shaw joins the Catamount coaching staff from the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., where he briefly held the role of offensive quality control.
Shaw replaces former assistant coach, Trey Elder, who took the head coaching job at Woodruff (S.C.) High in late March.
"I am very excited to have Jaybo Shaw join our football coaching staff. He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our program," said Speir. "Everywhere he has been - from playing to coaching - he has been successful. He knows the Southern Conference as both a player and coach. Plus, his name recognition and the respect that his family has throughout the football profession will be a great asset to us in recruiting, especially in the northern Georgia area."
Speir added, "I'm equally as excited for him and his family. With his father, Lee, being a former player, there are a lot of established ties to him and his family with our program and the Catamount Nation."
Shaw spent his four-year playing career between the triple-option attacks of both Georgia Tech (2008-09) and Georgia Southern (2010-11), transferring to the Southern Conference school following his sophomore season on the gridiron. The hiring of Tech running backs coach, Jeff Monken, at GSU in 2009 made it a perfect fit for the dual-threat QB, who made the move to help bring back the option offense back to Statesboro.
Shaw began his playing career at Georgia Tech under WCU graduate, Paul Johnson, as a quarterback in the run-heavy option system. He played two years in Atlanta in 2008-09 where he went to a pair of bowl games - the 2008 Chick-fil-a Bowl and the 2009 BCS Orange Bowl as a member of the Yellow Jackets' ACC Championship squad.
Behind Josh Nesbitt on the depth chart as a true freshman, Shaw made a name for himself as a rookie when he appeared in seven games. He guided the Jackets to a 438-yard ground assault in a 38-7 win over Mississippi State before throwing for 230 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for a score a week later in a win over Duke in his first collegiate start.
He finished his rookie season 15-for-24 for 321 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 63 yards and three TDs under center for Georgia Tech. However, playing time dwindled after an injury in the spring of 2009, playing in just six games as a sophomore, prompting his transfer.
In two years at Georgia Southern, Shaw threw for 2,709 yards and 15 touchdowns, adding 934 yards rushing and 30 scores on the ground. In helping Monken return the Eagles to the ground-based triple-option attack, Shaw helped guide GSU to a combined 21-8 record and two appearances in the NCAA Division-I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs.
In his first season at GSU in 2010, Shaw led the Eagles to a 10-5 record before falling to Delaware in the FCS semifinals. Under Shaw's leadership, GSU won the SoCon title in 2011 and again advanced to the semifinals in the playoffs, finishing the season with an 11-3 mark and a semifinal road loss at North Dakota State in Fargo, N.D.
Shaw, a 2012 graduate of Georgia Southern, got his coaching start at Rabun County High School following his graduation, helping guide the team to its first playoff berth since 1992 as the quarterbacks coach. He then returned to his alma mater, GSU, as a graduate assistant for the 2013 season. On staff in Statesboro, Shaw worked alongside former Catamount - wide receiver Lamont Seward - in working with the Eagle running backs.
Most recently, Shaw was a part of the previous Georgia Southern football coaching staff under Monken that accepted the position at Army in January of 2014.
Jaybo comes from a football background, while also having ties to Catamount football. In addition to playing for the aforementioned Johnson and working alongside Seward, Shaw's father, Lee, played collegiately at Western Carolina. Recruited as a defensive back out of nearby Clayton, Ga., Lee later converted to wide receiver and competed for playing time as the "catback" under legendary WCU head coach, Bob Waters, from 1986-88. Lee, who coached his son at Flowery Branch High, is currently the head football coach at Rabun County High in Tiger, Ga.
Also, his younger brother, Connor, was the starting quarterback at the University of South Carolina, and signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns following the 2014 NFL Draft.
At Flowery Branch High, Jaybo finished with 9,340 yards of offense and 127 career touchdowns. He graduated with just about every school quarterback-related record at FBHS, and was the No. 56-ranked quarterback nationally coming out of high school, choosing to attend Georgia Tech to start his collegiate career.
Season tickets for all six home games in 2014 are on-sale now through the Catamount Athletic Ticket Office and online at CatamountSports.com. Returning season ticket holders have the first opportunity to renew their same seats for the 2014 season before the entire stadium will be released to the general public. A correspondence relaying the information for those individuals able to renew season tickets at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field has been sent out with the rapidly approaching deadline of June 30.
With Western Carolina University celebrating its 125th anniversary, fans can purchase a reserved adult season ticket for all six home games for just $125 with youth reserved starting at $65.
Purchasing season tickets also allows fans to secure tickets before single-game sales begin on August 25.
Fans can also be a part of the Catamount road team by purchasing tickets for away games through the WCU Athletic Ticket Office to secure seats in the Western Carolina sections at opposing team stadiums. For more information or to purchase season tickets, contact Director of Ticket Operations Michael Lee by calling (828) 227-2401 or toll free at (800) 34-GOWCU.
Important Upcoming Dates to Remember:
Mon., June 30 - Catamount Football Season Ticket renewal deadline
Mon., June 30 - Renew or join the Catamount Club!
Mon., July 7 - 2nd session of summer school begins
Friday, July 11 - The Great Smokies Invitational golf tournament; The Ridges Golf Club in Hayesville, N.C.
Wed., July 23 - Southern Conference Football Media Day in Spartanburg, S.C.
Thurs., July 31 - 2014 Catamount football student-athletes report for camp
Fri., August 1 - First scheduled football practice of the 2014 preseason (helmet only)
Tues., August 5 - First scheduled football practice in full pads
Wed., August 6 - First scheduled two-a-day practice sessions
Sat., August 9 - Catamount Football Intrasquad scrimmage
Sat., August 9 - Catamount Tailgate Kickoff (Catamount Club members)
Sat., August 16 - Catamount Football Intrasquad scrimmage
Mon., August 18 - First day of fall classes at WCU
Mon., August 25 - Catamount Football single-game tickets go on sale
Sat., August 30 - 2014 Catamount Football season opener at USF in Tampa, Fla.
Fri., Sept. 5 - 10th Annual Bob Waters Memorial golf tournament; Maggie Valley Club, Maggie Valley, N.C.
Sat., Sept. 6 - 2014 Catamount Football home opener vs. Brevard in Cullowhee
Fri., Sept. 26 - The Upstate Classic golf tournament; The Preserve at Verdae in Greenville, S.C.