AUSTIN – Head Football Coach Tom Herman announced the hiring of Bob Shipley as the program’s Director of High School Relations on Thursday. Shipley, a veteran of 17 years as a high school head coach, will be in his second stint with the program after previously serving as a football analyst under Mack Brown during the 2013 season.
“We’re so lucky to have Bob joining our staff,” Herman said. “He’s obviously well known here, but also is highly respected in the high school communities across this state and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our director of high school relations position. He’s a guy I’ve known about and respected for a long time, and he will be an invaluable resource for our program. We’re thrilled to have him on board.”
“I was really excited when Coach Herman called, I had never met him before,” Shipley said. “When I came up and visited with him, the passion he had was really obvious. The plan he set out to me and the staff he has put together are both incredible. It’s funny, you work your whole life trying to force things to happen that you’d like to happen, and this is something that he just called me out of the blue, and it’s my dream job. That rarely happens in life. It wasn’t a decision I had to think about very long.”
Following his time season at Texas, Shipley returned to the high school ranks where he was head coach and athletic director at Belton High School (Belton, Texas) for three years. During that time, Belton posted a 19-16 record and had postseason berths in all three seasons with two playoff victories.