Green Mountain College announced last week that Kip Shipley, former associate athletic director at La Sierra University, has been named director of athletics at Green Mountain College.
“Kip stood out from a very strong pool of candidates for the athletic director position from across the country,” said Vice President of Student Life Joe Petrick. “He has a wide range of collegiate athletic experiences through his previous role as associate athletic director which included significant emphasis on compliance, recruitment and development. In addition to the wealth of experience he brings, Kip embraces the sustainability mission of Green Mountain College.”
Shipley, a California native, attended California Polytechnic University of Pomona where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences while also serving as a four-year starter on the varsity soccer team leaving the program among the top ten in goals, assists and total points. He furthered his education by completing a Master’s in Physical Education and Recreation at Azusa Pacific University.
Shipley served as La Sierra’s sports information director and game day administrator as part of his appointment as associate athletic director at the University. Through this role, he also had responsibilities in the day-to-day operation of the department in the areas of fundraising, compliance, budgeting, facilities and game management, and helped facilitate capital project campaigns.
As a leader within athletics, Shipley played an integral role in leading the University through the process of transitioning between the NAIA and NCAA Division III, including evaluating the required adherence to NCAA compliance rules and regulations.
As part of the athletics administration team, he began a new recruiting program to bring in academically and athletically qualified student-athletes to La Sierra. This involved giving prospective student-athletes an introduction to the campus and academic programs, establishing tours and meetings with various department personnel including coaches, financial aid, admissions, and academic advisors. The focus surrounded identifying students who fit into the University and its mission.
Shipley was also part of the team that created the layout for the construction of an All-Weather Turf Soccer field and established a fundraising plan to pay for the project, which was ultimately completed in 2011.
In 2008, he was chosen to be an NCAA Site Representative for the NCAA Division III soccer playoffs where he acted as Chairman of Games Committee and Chairman of Officials and Coaches Meetings.
“Kip made such an impact in so many areas within the athletic department at La Sierra University that his contributions still remain evident to this day,” said Javier Krumm, current Athletic Director at La Sierra. “He is an iron man in terms of his dedication within athletics administration at the collegiate level and continuously looks for solutions in the face of challenges.”
As a collegiate soccer head coach, Shipley managed a 30-24-3 record while at La Sierra, including a 10-3-1 season which resulted in the team receiving an NCAA Division III national ranking. Success that season led to his nomination as the Division III Independent National Coach of the Year. Shipley coached the 2007 DIII Independent Freshman National Player of the Year and helped to develop six DIII Independent All-Conference players over his four seasons as head coach.
From 2012-2015, Kip served on La Sierra University’s Athletics Advisory Committee to increase fundraising and support for the athletic program while serving as a consultant in developing its Advisory Committee. In addition to his involvement in athletics, Kip has also served as the Science Department Head for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District.
Shipley’s appointment marks the end of a two-month search that attracted over 100 applicants from across the country. He received strong support from the internal search committee as well as other campus constituents.
As athletic director, Shipley will have responsibility for 14 varsity teams and their coaches. The department of athletics also supports a community program involving the student-athletes and manages the College’s athletic facilities, including the Eagle Dome, fitness center and varsity facilities. Green Mountain College is a member of the North Atlantic Conference, a Division III athletic conference in the New England region.
Shipley is excited to get started and will begin his work at Green Mountain on July 1.
“I would like to thank the students, coaches, staff and administrators that were part of the selection committee, for having the confidence in me to lead the Green Mountain College athletic department,” said Shipley. “I am honored to work for a college that emphasizes the environment and I look forward to creating a vision for the athletic department that will reflect that mission. My passion is to see student-athletes compete and succeed in the classroom and on the athletic fields. I consider it a privilege to be joining the Green Mountain College community.”