July 15, 2008
The 27-year-old Shipman was an assistant the last three years at Southern Utah University. He coached running backs and tight ends the last two seasons for the Thunderbirds after assisting one year with the offensive line.
Shipman started three years and lettered four as an offensive lineman at Southern Utah. He received his bachelor's degree in physical education there in 2005.
Shipman earned all-region honors in football at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City. He went to state three years in wrestling and played three years with the Highland Rugby Club, helping it to two national championships.
Chris Shipman - Assistant Coach
In first year on Western staff ... Works with tight ends ... Was assistant last three years at Southern Utah University ... Coached running backs and tight ends last two seasons after assisting one year with offensive line ... Started three years and lettered four as offensive lineman for Thunderbirds ... Received bachelor's degree in physical education at Southern Utah in 2005 ... All-region selection as senior at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City ... Started and lettered three years ... Also earned three letters in wrestling, advancing to state tournament in heavyweight division each time ... Played three years on Highland Rugby Club, helping it to two national championships ... 27 years old.