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Pritchard joined the [[Washington Commanders]] as a quarterbacks coach under head coach [[Ron Rivera]] on February 24, 2023.<ref name=”WP”/><ref>{{Cite web |title=Commanders announce staff changes |url=https://www.commanders.com/news/commanders-announce-staff-changes |access-date=2023-02-28 |website=www.commanders.com |language=en-US}}</ref> Following Rivera’s firing, he was retained by new head coach [[Dan Quinn (American football)|Dan Quinn]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.commanders.com/news/washington-commanders-announce-coaching-staff-2024|title=Washington Commanders announce coaching staff|work=Commanders.com|author=Washington Commanders Public Relations|date=February 15, 2024|accessdate=February 15, 2024}}</ref>

Pritchard joined the [[Washington Commanders]] as a quarterbacks coach under head coach [[Ron Rivera]] on February 24, 2023.<ref name=”WP”/><ref>{{Cite web |title=Commanders announce staff changes |url=https://www.commanders.com/news/commanders-announce-staff-changes |access-date=2023-02-28 |website=www.commanders.com |language=en-US}}</ref> Following Rivera’s firing, he was retained by new head coach [[Dan Quinn (American football)|Dan Quinn]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.commanders.com/news/washington-commanders-announce-coaching-staff-2024|title=Washington Commanders announce coaching staff|work=Commanders.com|author=Washington Commanders Public Relations|date=February 15, 2024|accessdate=February 15, 2024}}</ref>

==Personal==

==Personal life==

Pritchard’s father David was a starting center at [[Washington State Cougars|Washington State]] in 1981 and an uncle is former [[NFL]] quarterback [[Jack Thompson (American football)|Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson]].<ref name=mediaguide07/> He is third in a family of eleven children. He grew up in [[Centralia, Washington]] and his freshman year he moved to [[Lakewood, Washington]]. He majored in communications at Stanford and a member of the [[Delta Tau Delta]] fraternity.{{cn|date=February 2023}}

Pritchard’s father David was a starting center at [[Washington State Cougars|Washington State]] in 1981 and an uncle is former [[NFL]] quarterback [[Jack Thompson (American football)|Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson]].<ref name=mediaguide07/> He is third in a family of eleven children. He grew up in [[Centralia, Washington]] and his freshman year he moved to [[Lakewood, Washington]]. He majored in communications at Stanford and a member of the [[Delta Tau Delta]] fraternity.{{cn|date=February 2023}}

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American football coach (born 1987)

American football player
Tavita PritchardPritchard with Stanford in 2008Position:Quarterbacks coachBorn: (1987-02-20) February 20, 1987 (age 37)Tacoma, Washington, U.S.Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight:173 lb (78 kg)High school:Clover Park (Lakewood, Washington)College:Stanford (2006–2009)
Stanford (2010)Graduate assistant
Stanford (2011–2012)Defensive assistant
Stanford (2013)Running backs coach
Stanford (2014–2017)Quarterbacks coach & wide receivers coach
Stanford (2018–2022)Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
Washington Commanders (2023–present)Quarterbacks coach

Tavita Pritchard (ta-VEE-tuh; born February 20, 1987) is an American football coach who is the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Commanders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Stanford Cardinal from 2006 to 2009. His 24–23 victory over the USC Trojans in 2007, in which he made his first start, is considered one of the biggest upsets in college football history.
Pritchard had no NFL contract offers after graduation and returned to Stanford in 2010 as a graduate assistant. After having various assistant roles, he was named offensive coordinator in 2018 and held that position until leaving in 2023 to coach in the NFL.

High school career[edit]
Pritchard graduated from Clover Park High School in Lakewood, Washington, where he threw for 5,323 yards and 55 touchdowns in his high school career.[1]

College career[edit]
Pritchard received his first start at Stanford in 2007 against the top-ranked USC Trojans, after starter T. C. Ostrander suffered a seizure the week before. Though Stanford was a 41-point underdog, he led them to an 24–23 victory.[2][3] The game is considered one of the greatest upsets in college football history.
Pritchard was replaced as the starting quarterback by redshirt freshman Andrew Luck during the 2009 season.[4] After Luck injured a finger on his throwing hand and had surgery prior to the 2009 Sun Bowl, Pritchard started the game for the Cardinal. He went 8 for 19 for 118 yards and two interceptions in the 31–27 loss to Oklahoma. Pritchard went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft. He tried out with the San Francisco 49ers but was not offered a contract.

Coaching career[edit]
Stanford[edit]
Pritchard worked as a volunteer assistant for the Stanford football team in 2010, and in 2011, was hired as a defensive assistant football coach at Stanford by new head football coach David Shaw. In January 2013, Pritchard was elevated to the role of running backs coach. In December 2013, he was promoted to quarterbacks and wide receivers coach, succeeding Mike Sanford.[5] In December 2017, Pritchard was promoted to offensive coordinator when Mike Bloomgren left to become head coach at Rice.[6]

Washington Commanders[edit]
Pritchard joined the Washington Commanders as a quarterbacks coach under head coach Ron Rivera on February 24, 2023.[4][7] Following Rivera’s firing, he was retained by new head coach Dan Quinn.[8]

Personal life[edit]
Pritchard’s father David was a starting center at Washington State in 1981 and an uncle is former NFL quarterback Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson.[1] He is third in a family of eleven children. He grew up in Centralia, Washington and his freshman year he moved to Lakewood, Washington. He majored in communications at Stanford and a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.[citation needed]

References[edit]

^ a b “Player Bio: Tavita Pritchard”. Stanford Football Media Guide. 2007. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved October 7, 2007.

^ “Harbaugh: “This is the start””. San Jose Mercury News. October 8, 2007. Retrieved October 8, 2007.

^ Sabedra, Darren (October 10, 2007). “Pritchard will remain Stanford starter at quarterback”. San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved October 11, 2007.

^ a b Jhabvala, Nicki. “At 22, he helped coach Andrew Luck. Now, he’s helping shape the Commanders”. The Washington Post. Retrieved July 24, 2023.

^ “Stanford’s Pritchard gets a promotion”. San Jose Mercury News. December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2013.

^ “Tavita Pritchard”. Stanford Department of Athletics. Retrieved October 3, 2013.

^ “Commanders announce staff changes”. www.commanders.com. Retrieved February 28, 2023.

^ Washington Commanders Public Relations (February 15, 2024). “Washington Commanders announce coaching staff”. Commanders.com. Retrieved February 15, 2024.

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