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Shipp steps down as vice presiden for athletics to coach Cru baseball

Shipp steps down as vice presiden for athletics to coach Cru baseball

The university’s newest head baseball coach is far from a newcomer to UMHB. In fact, Ben Shipp has been working at the university for nearly three decades, most recently serving as the vice president for athletics.

“After discussions about the direction of the baseball program, it became apparent that he still has a great passion for the game,” Senior Vice President for Administration & Chief Operating Officer Dr. Steve Theodore said. “After thoughtful consideration and prayer, Ben has requested to return to his first love, coaching baseball.”

“I’m really excited,” Shipp said. “Baseball is in my blood. Once you have been a player and then a coach, it never goes away.”

Shipp was UMHB’s head baseball coach from 1985 to 1997. Under his leadership the program enjoyed a 277-249-1 record. Four of his teams made trips to the playoffs. In 1994 the team won the conference title, and the 1992 team competed in the NAIA national championship game.

During Shipp’s tenure as athletic director and vice president for athletics, UMHB teams have experienced major successes, including 27 conference championships, 130 All-Americans, 38 Academic All-Americans, and 15 student-athletes who have gone on to compete at the professional level.

Stepping into Shipp’s old office will be Randy Mann. Mann has been a part of the UMHB athletic program since 1999 and was promoted to associate athletic director in 2008.

“The job has been in great hands for 18 years,” Mann said. “I couldn’t be stepping into a better situation.”