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Monday, April 22, 2013
Bob Shipley joins Longhorns' staff

By William Wilkerson
HornsNation

Texas has picked up a commitment from yet another Shipley. This one, though, will not be playing football.

Longtime high school football coach Bob Shipley, father of current Texas receiver Jaxon Shipley and former Longhorns receiver Jordan Shipley, will try to aid the program as a football analyst, a newly created position.

His role, according to a news release from Texas' athletic department, is vast, but his primary concerns will deal with the day-to-day operations of UT's recruiting ventures alongside director of player personnel Patrick Suddes and director of high school relations and player development Ken Rucker.

Shipley will co-coordinate the walk-on program, assist with film cut-ups and distribution of prospective student-athletes to coaching staff, support the planning and execution of the annual high school coaching clinic and the summer football camp, and assist with hosting prospective student-athletes and guests on official and unofficial visits to campus.

He also will assist with updating recruiting lists, securing transcripts and monitoring contacts and evaluations conducted by the coaching staff.

"I'm very excited about joining the Texas football program and appreciate Coach [Mack] Brown giving me this opportunity," Shipley said. "I believe in him. He's the kind of coach a dad dreams of his son being able to grow up and play for, and my sons have had an incredible experience at Texas. I think I bring a unique prospective to the staff. Having been a college coach, a longtime high school coach and having been around the program for almost 10 years with my sons, this is a position that just seemed right for me. Assisting with recruiting is something that I have experience in and love to do."

Shipley is the first of what could be several more additions to Texas' coaching staff as it continues to ramp up its recruiting ways to adapt to the times.

The Longhorns have overhauled their recruiting approach over the past eight months, more so than they ever had in Mack Brown's 15 years with the program. They are offering scholarships to juniors earlier than ever before. They have even begun offering sophomores for the first time under Brown, efforts aided by their evaluations of prospects during a first-ever "sophomore day."

Fifteen commitments are already on the books for 2014, which equals the total number signed in 2013. Much of this has to do with the hiring of Suddes, who oversees the program's recruiting efforts.

"I'm looking forward to working with Patrick Suddes," Shipley said. "It didn't take long to see that he has a great plan, and I'm looking forward to learning from him. I'm also excited about being involved with high school relations with Ken Rucker. He's done a great job in that area, and I want to help him any way I can. I'm excited to get to work."

Shipley spent the past four years at athletic director and head coach at Brownwood High School in Brownwood, Texas, where he led the Lions to a 29-14 record in four seasons. He also was head coach at Coppell High School and Burnet High School in Texas.