J.D. Shaw joined the Ferrum football coaching staff in February 2018 as assistant football coach. Shaw came to Ferrum from Bridgewater College, where he worked with the football staff as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator six seasons from 2012 to 2017. Prior to that, he served 10 seasons from 2002 to 2011 as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Averett University, and seven years in the same role from 1995 to 2002 at Waynesburg College. Shaw also served two seasons as Waynesburg's head men's tennis coach and one season as assistant softball coach. He also served three seasons from 1993 to 1995 as offensive coordinator at Waynesburg Central High School.
Shaw earned his bachelor's degree in 1993 and master's degree in 1994, both from West Virginia University. As a student with the Mountaineers, he worked as a student coach and equipment manager.