Shipley named next MHS head football coach

Shipley-FootballAaron Shipley will be the next head football coach for Marshalltown High School.

Shipley recently completed his third season as the Bobcat defensive line coach, having produced nine All-Conference players at the position in just three seasons.

“Coach Shipley is a good teacher of the game and has the right emphasis on teaching students to be well rounded athletes,” said Tim Bell, MHS activities director.

As a senior defensive lineman for West Marshall High School he earned first team All-State honors. From there he went on to play defensive line at William Penn University, a NAIA scholarship program in Oskaloosa. After suffering a career ending injury, Shipley was a student coach at William Penn before moving on to serve as the defensive line coach at Oskaloosa High School before arriving in Marshalltown in 2010.

“My vision for Marshalltown Football is to provide a quality experience for our student athletes that centers around character development and accountability,” Shipley said. “Every program participant will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, a sense of pride and tradition and will be actively involved in their community. I firmly believe that character development off of the field will lead to success on the field.”

Shipley is a Special Education teacher at MHS. He and his wife, Amber, have twin girls, Addisyn and Aubrey.

“Coach Shipley has a clear vision for our football program that is consistent with our overall efforts to improve our overall athletic program and academic achievement,” said MHS principal Aiddy Phomvisay. “I am looking forward to leading with him to help make MHS the best it can be.”

Formal approval of Shipley’s appointment will be on the May 20 Board of Education agenda.