Head Coach Kyle Shipp
A former Wonder Boys player and assistant coach has returned to Russellville, as Kyle Shipp joined the staff of head coach Bo Atterberry in January 2019.
Shipp spent the last five seasons as the offensive coordinator at Great American Conference rival Arkansas-Monticello.
Shipp's UAM offenses continually improved over his time in Monticello, with this last year's Boll Weevil squad averaging 398.6 yards per game - the second-highest mark in the GAC. Two Boll Weevils made all-conference as UAM posted its first winning season since 2008.
Two of Shipp's UAM offenses averaged over 400 yards per game, and in 2017, current Arizona Cardinals wideout Jalen Tolliver was named GAC Offensive Player of the Year. During his time at UAM, Shipp mentored eleven all-Great American Conference players.
During his first stint in Russellville, Shipp helped the Wonder Boys offense average 30 points and 400 yards of total offense per game during the 2012 season that featured former Montreal Alouettes quarterback Tanner Marsh, and his kickoff return team of 2011 led the NCAA Division II in returns for touchdowns. He also coached a pair of all-conference receivers during the past three seasons in Russellville under coaches Steve Mullins and Raymond Monica.
Prior to returning to Arkansas Tech in 2011, Shipp served two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Arkansas State under Steve Roberts. With the Red Wolves, Shipp helped coach an offense that set nine school records during the 2010 season, and aided the team to a No. 43 national rank and No. 2 Sun Belt Conference rank in total offense (4,841 yards). That season, he worked under then offensive coordinator Hugh Freeze as A-State installed the spread no-huddle offense seen today with Freeze at Ole Miss.
Shipp began his coaching career as a student assistant at Arkansas Tech in 2006 and was promoted to graduate assistant for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. During those three seasons, Shipp had his hand in coaching several aspects of the team, including defensive backs, special teams, receivers, quality control and quarterbacks. He also assisted with recruiting during those seasons.
The Morrilton, Ark. native played three seasons at Arkansas Tech from 2003-05 as a receiver and was a part of the Wonder Boys’ NCAA Division II playoff team in 2004. He holds a pair of degrees from ATU, a bachelor’s degree in history and political science obtained in 2007 and a master’s degree in college student personnel obtained in 2009. He is married to the former Krystal Carr of Russellville.