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Belton's Bob Shipley announces his retirement

Longtime friend and coaching icon Bob Shipley is hanging up his whistle

Longtime Texas high school football coach Bob Shipley has announced that he will retire at the end of this school year.

Shipley retires after 31 seasons on the sidelines with Texas high school football programs and 17 years as a head coach with stops in Brownwood, Coppell, Burnet, Rotan and currently Belton.

Shipley has a record of 144-62 for his career and went 19-16 in his three seasons at Belton with playoff appearances each season. 

Shipley began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Graham High School in 1984, then spent three seasons as an assistant coach under Bob McQueen at Temple.

Shipley's his head coaching experience started at Rotan in 1999 leading the Yellowhammers to an 18-6 record in two seasons.

Shipley is a native and graduate of Burnet high school where he was an all-district football player in 1977 and 1978. He returned home in 2001 where he was the head football coach for six seasons. Shipley guided the Bulldogs to the 2002 and 2003 Class 3A State Finals with back-to-back runner-up finishes.

Shipley resigned from Burnet to take the head coaching job at Coppell High School in 2007. After two years at the Metroplex school and posting a 15-7 record Shipley was named the head coach and athletics director at Brownwood High School. With four seasons guiding the Lions he had a 39-14 record with four playoff appearances.

Shipley joined the staff of Mack Brown in Brown's final season at the University of Texas working as a football analyst in the player personnel department. He charted plays for former defensive coordinator Greg Robinson in the booth during the 2013 season and was a recruiter but left after one season taking the Belton position.

Shipley earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Abilene Christian playing football from 1979-1983 where he was a team captain and all-conference selection as a senior. He was also an All-American in the shot put for the ACU track team helping the Wildcats win the national championship in the 1983-84 season.

Shipley is a deeply, devoted man of family and faith mentoring tens of thousands athletes, coaches and parents during his service to young men.  Bob and his wife, Sharon, have four children, two sons, Jordan and Jaxon, along with two daughters, Shelby and Addie Jane.

Shipley was able to coach both of his sons in high school with Jordan attending Burnet, and Jaxon during his stint in Brownwood.

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