Former Arkansas Tech assistant coach Kyle Shipp has been hired as the offensive coordinator for the University of Arkansas at Monticello football team.
Shipp takes his first coordinator position after serving the previous three seasons as the receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater and fellow Great American Conference charter member Arkansas Tech.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to be the offensive coordinator at UAM,” said Shipp. “I’m looking forward to working with Coach Jackson and the staff as well as our student-athletes each day. I believe we can do great things here at UAM on offense, which will help us take the next step in competing for a conference championship.”
“We are extremely excited about Kyle coming onto our staff,” said head coach Hud Jackson. “He has a vast knowledge of the game of football. His enthusiasm and passion for coaching will fit really well with the rest of the staff. Kyle and Krystal will be a great addition to our university and community.”
While at Arkansas Tech, Shipp helped the Wonder Boy offense average 30 points and 400 yards of total offense per game during the 2012 season that featured current Montreal Alouettes quarterback Tanner Marsh, and his kickoff return team of 2011 led the NCAA Division II in returns for touchdowns. He also coached a pair of all-conference receivers during the past three seasons in Russellville under coaches Steve Mullins and Raymond Monica.
Prior to returning to Arkansas Tech in 2011, Shipp served two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Arkansas State under Steve Roberts. With the Red Wolves, Shipp helped coach an offense that set nine school records during the 2010 season, and aided the team to a No. 43 national rank and No. 2 Sun Belt Conference rank in total offense (4,841 yards). That season, he worked under then offensive coordinator Hugh Freeze as A-State installed the spread no-huddle offense seen today with Freeze at Ole Miss.
Shipp began his coaching career as a student assistant at Arkansas Tech in 2006 and was promoted to graduate assistant for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. During those three seasons, Shipp had his hand in coaching several aspects of the team, including defensive backs, special teams, receivers, quality control and quarterbacks. He also assisted with recruiting during those seasons.
The Morrilton, Ark. native played three seasons at Arkansas Tech from 2003-05 as a receiver and was a part of the Wonder Boys’ NCAA Division II playoff team in 2004. He holds a pair of degrees from ATU, a bachelor’s degree in history and political science obtained in 2007 and a master’s degree in college student personnel obtained in 2009. He is married to the former Krystal Carr of Russellville.