RUSSELLVILLE, Arkansas (Arkansas Tech) – Arkansas Tech Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Steve Mullins has announced the return of former Wonder Boy player and graduate assistant coach Kyle Shipp to his staff as a fulltime assistant coach on Thursday morning.
Shipp, who played three years for the Wonder Boys as a receiver from 2003-05 and spent one season as a student assistant (2006) and two seasons as a graduate assistant (2007-08) coach, returns to his alma mater after spending the past two years as a graduate assistant coach on former coach Steve Roberts' staff at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark.
"Kyle is a young man that is part of our Tech family. He played here, coached here and knows the ins-and-outs of our program," Mullins said. "I am excited he has returned to Russellville."
Shipp replaces former assistant coach Garren Rockwell, who resigned to accept an assistant coaching position at Waxahachie High School in Waxahachie, Texas. Shipp's first official day on the job was Wednesday, June 1.
"I'm excited to get the chance to return to my alma mater and work on Coach Mullins' staff once again," said Shipp, who is a native of Morrilton, Ark. "I have had a lot of great experiences here at Tech previously and I'm excited about this new opportunity that is in front of me."
Shipp, who is a 2007 graduate in history and political science from Tech and earned his master's degree in College Student Personnel from Tech in 2009, will work with the receivers with the Wonder Boys. In his two seasons in Jonesboro, Shipp served as a graduate assistant coach on the offensive side of the ball. Last season, Shipp was part of Red Wolves offense that set nine single-season school records and finished 43rd nationally and second in the Sun Belt Conference in total offense as they piled up 4,841 yards. In addition, ASU broke school records for total plays (856), first downs (262), pass attempts (438), pass completions (266), completion percentage (.607), passing yards (3,057), passing yards per game (254.8) and passing touchdowns (23).
Before getting into coaching, Shipp played receiver for the Wonder Boys from 2003-05, including being a member of Tech's 2004 NCAA Division II Playoff team. He entered the coaching ranks as a student assistant in 2006, before spending 2007 and 2008 as a graduate assistant coach with the Wonder Boys. During his coaching tenure at Tech, Shipp worked with the defensive backs, special teams, receivers, quarterbacks, reviewing game and practice film and recruiting. He graduated from Morrilton High School in 2003 and is son of Kenny and Patty Shipp and is married to the former Krystal Carr of Russellville.
"My wife and I are excited about being part of the Russellville community again," Shipp added.