“I’m very excited about joining the Texas football program and appreciate Coach Brown giving me this opportunity,” Shipley said. “I believe in him. He's the kind of coach a dad dreams of his son being able to grow up and play for, and my sons have had an incredible experience at Texas. I think I bring a unique prospective to the staff. Having been a college coach, a longtime high school coach and having been around the program for almost 10 years with my sons, this is a position that just seemed right for me. Assisting with recruiting is something that I have experience in and love to do.”
According to the university, Shipley will "assist with the coordination and implementation of the daily operational, administrative and logistical processes within the football program." He'll also co-coordinate the walk-on program, assist with cutting up film and getting prospective recruits to the coaching staff and support Patrick Suddes, director of player personnel, in planning the school's annual high school coaching clinic and summer football camps. Shipley will also help with hosting recruits on official and unofficial visits.
Other duties listed for Shipley includes assisting "with the high school relations, updating recruiting lists, monitoring contacts and evaluations conducted by the coaching staff, and securing transcripts in collaboration with the student services department."
“I’m looking forward to working with Patrick Suddes,” Shipley said. “It didn't take long to see that he has a great plan, and I'm looking forward to learning from him. I’m also excited about being involved with high school relations with Ken Rucker. He's done a great job in that area, and I want to help him any way I can. I'm excited to get to work.”
Shipley was athletics director and head coach at Brownwood for the past four years, leading the Lions to a 39-14 record, with four playoff appearances. In head coaching stops at Rotan, Burnet, Coppell and then Brownwood, Shipley amassed a career record of 126-46 (73.3 winning percentage). He was also an assistant at Graham, Temple, and Abilene Christian University (twice), and spent four years as principal in the Hawley, Temple and Abilene school districts.
Shipley earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Abilene Christian, starring at fullback from 1979-1983 and earning team captain and all-conference honors as a senior. He was also an All-American in the shot put on the ACU track and field team, which won a national championship in the 1983-1984 season.
Shipley and his wife, Sharon, have four children, including former Texas All-American Jordan Shipley as well as current Texas wideout Jaxon Shipley, and daughters Shelby and Addie Jane. He coached both Jordan and Jaxon in high school, mentoring the former at Burnet and the latter at Brownwood.