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Sun Devil Football names Jackie Shipp to coaching staff

February 28, 2013

Jackie Shipp, a former NFL linebacker who led the Miami Dolphins to the 1985 Super Bowl and who has spent the past 22 years coaching college football, including four national championship games, has been named to the coaching staff at Arizona State University, head coach Todd Graham announced Feb. 26. Shipp will serve as the Sun Devil defensive line coach while current Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Paul Randolph will assume duties as coach of the linebackers.  Additionally, Defensive Passing Game Coordinator and Safeties CoachChris Ball has been promoted to Co-Defensive Coordinator, Graham announced.

Shipp, who has coached in four national championship games, has been a recipient of the American Football Foundation Mike Campbell Top Assistant Coach Award and in 2009 was named by as a Top 25 recruiter nationally.

“I am thrilled to announce the hire of veteran coach Jackie Shipp to my staff at Arizona State,” says Graham.  “I could not have found a candidate who was a better fit for what we need at this time.  Jackie is one of the best defensive line coaches in college football and our linemen will benefit from his leadership and mentoring.  We just became a better football program with the appointment of Jackie Shipp.  He’s a top-flight recruiter with contacts in the states of Oklahoma, Texas and California.  He will recruit all areas for us with special emphasis on the state of California.

“When Jackie became available I was able to move Paul Randolph’s position emphasis to linebacker. Paul will continue to serve as defensive coordinator/linebackers along with Chris Ball (promoted to co-defensive coordinator/safeties), Joe Lorig (cornerbacks) and Jackie Shipp in our continuing effort to build a championship defense at ASU.  I am also proud to announce that Chris Ball will become my co-defensive coordinator.  Chris has coordinated defenses at several schools and will partner with Paul in that capacity.  This is one of the top defensive coaching staffs in the nation.”

"I am so excited and honored to be a part of Coach Graham's defensive staff at Arizona State University," says Ball.  "In our first year (2012) we were third nationally in pass defense, 27th in total defense, 10th in pass efficiency defense, first in tackles for loss and second in quarterback sacks.  I look forward to working with these coaches and student-athletes in our quest to build the nation's top defense." 

Shipp, who spent the past 14 years coaching the defensive line for Head Coach Bob Stoops at the University of Oklahoma, brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and recruiting contacts to Coach Graham's staff at ASU.  Shipp was hired by Stoops on his original staff at Oklahoma in 1999 and proceeded to coach with the Sooners in 15 bowl games, including the 2001 National Championship win (13-2) over Florida State.    

He played collegiately at the University of Oklahoma (1980-83), where he was a standout linebacker, starring on Sooner squads that posted a combined 33-14-1 record, won two bowl games and captured the 1980 Big Eight Championship.  Shipp earned All-Big Eight Conference honors as a junior and senior and was selected as an All-American by The Football News following his junior campaign.  He still holds the all-time OU record for tackles in a single game with 23 and tackles in a single season with 189 (12 games as a sophomore in 1981). In the 1982 border clash with Texas, Shipp set the school single-game record with 23 tackles.  He still ranks second in career tackles at OU with 489. 

Shipp's defensive line groups have consistently ranked near the top of the NCAA and the Big-12 in rushing defense and he has mentored three All-Americans, including two-time recipients Gerald McCoy and Tommie Harris, numerous all-conference performers and a host of NFL players, including a pair of Pro Bowlers.  Under Shipp's tutelage Oklahoma ranked in the top 16 nationally in quarterback sacks in five of the past eight years.  Additionally, the Sooners ranked in the top 17 nationally in tackles for loss in six of the past eight seasons.

A first-round draft pick who was the overall 14th player selected by the Miami Dolphins in 1984, Shipp played five seasons in Miami and helped the team to a 48-31 record, including an AFC Championship in 1984.  The Dolphins made two playoff appearances and advanced to the 1985 Super Bowl.  Shipp was the Dolphins' leading tackler with 79 in 1987  and finished his career in Maimi with 231 tackles.  

Shipp played one year with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988.

Shipp's coaching career began at Langston University in 1991 where he served as linebacker coach.  In 1992 he moved to Central Missouri State University where he began his distinguished career coaching the defensive line.

After one year coaching the defensive line at the University of Tennessee at Martin (1993), Shipp was hired to coach the defensive line at Southern Illinois University in 1994, where he stayed three years until 1996.  During that time Shipp also completed coaching internships with the Green Bay Packers (1994) and with the Minnesota Vikings (1995-96).  

In 1997 Shipp became the defensive line coach at Northeast Louisiana University and then was hired in 1998 as defensive line coach at the University of Alabama.  After one year with the Crimson Tide Shipp was lured to the University of Oklahoma where he joined the staff of new Head Coach Bob Stoops.    

Shipp graduated from Donart High School in 1980 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he was raised.  He played high school football for Donart.

Shipp has two children, a son Christopher and a daughter Kaitlin.

Year-By-Year Accomplishments By Shipp’s Defensive Lines

* Despite numerous lineup changes, the interior of the 2012 Oklahoma defensive front combined for 56 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles.

* Worked around several injuries in 2010, but still forged a solid defensive front. By the time the Big 12 title game rolled around, converted defensive end Pryce Macon was a starter. He logged five tackles for loss and three sacks in that game. 

* Coached Gerald McCoy in 2009 to second straight All-America season. Group had 25.5 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback sacks and three fumble recoveries. 

* Led by All-American Gerald McCoy, the defensive interior was again menacing in 2008. The group had 14.5 quarterback sacks and three fumble recoveries. 

* Returned the majority of his group in 2007, which resulted in the No. 17 rushing defense in the nation, third in the Big 12. His interior linemen accounted for nine sacks and 22 tackles for a loss. Coached Big 12 Defensive FOY (Freshman-of-the-Year) Gerald McCoy. 

* Had one of his least experienced groups in 2006, but OU was second in the Big 12 and No. 16 nationally against the rush. 

* In 2005, Dusty Dvoracek was a consensus All-Big 12 selection after leading the nation's defensive tackles in tackles for loss with 19. The Sooners ranked No. 4 in rushing defense. 

* Despite losing a pair of All-Americans and featuring one transfer and two freshmen in the rotation in 2004, he crafted an interior that showed great improvement.

* In 2003, he coached Tommie Harris, winner of the Lombardi Award, a consensus All-American and finalist for the Nagurski and Bednarik awards. He also coached All-Big 12 defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek.

* Oklahoma's defensive linemen had 32 tackles for loss and 15 quarterback sacks in 2003.

* Two of his players, Tommie Harris and Kory Klein, earned All-Big 12 honors in 2001.

* In 2000, Shipp had four defensive linemen selected to All-Big 12 teams, including first-team selection Ryan Fisher.

Prominent Players Coached By Shipp

* Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma), First-Round Draft Pick (2007) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL Pro Bowler (2012), Lombardi Finalist (2009), Two-time All-American (2008, 2009), Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2007), Two-time first-team All-Big 12 (2008, 2009), Big 12 Defensive FOY (2007), Freshman All-American (2007)

* Dusty Dvoracek (Oklahoma), Chicago Bears (2003), All-Big 12 first-team (2005)

* Tommie Harris (Oklahoma), First-Round Draft Pick of the Indianapolis Colts (2004), Pro Bowl (2005, 2006 and 2007), Lombardi Award winner (2003), Bednarik and Nagurski finalist (2003), Lombardi and Nagurski finalist (2002), All-American (2002 and 2003), Bill Willis Trophy recipient (2003), Sports Illustrated All-Decade Team (2009), first-team All-Big 12 (2001, 2002 and 2003)

* Kory Klein (Oklahoma), second-team Freshman All-American (2000), second-team All-Big 12 (2001)

* Ryan Fisher (Oklahoma), All-Big 12 (2000)

* Kenny Smith (Alabama), second-team All-SEC (1998)

* Steven Foley (Northeast Louisiana), led nation with 18.5 quarterback sacks (1997)

* Recruited First-Round Draft Picks Tommie Harris (DT), Gerald McCoy (DT), Jammal Brown (OT), Jermaine Grisham (TE) and David Joseph (OG)

* Coached NFL players Gerald McCoy, Tommie Harris, Remi Ayodele, Corey Callens, Jimmy Wilkerson, Dusty Dvoracek and Ryan Fisher among others

Shipp’s Coaching History

1999-2012 – University of Oklahoma, Defensive Line

1998 – University of Alabama, Defensive Line

1997 - Northeast Louisiana University, Defensive Line

1996-1997 - Minnesota Vikings, Coaching Intern

1995 - Green Bay Packers, Coaching Intern

1994-1996 - Southern Illinois University, Defensive Line

1993 – University of Tennessee-Martin, Defensive Line

1992 - Central Missouri State University, Defensive Line

1991 – Langston University, Linebackers

Bowls Coached (15)

2013 Cotton                     Oklahoma

2011 Insight                  Oklahoma

2011 Fiesta                         Oklahoma

2009 Sun                              Oklahoma

2009 BCS Championship (NC)  Oklahoma

2008 Fiesta                    Oklahoma

2007 Fiesta                    Oklahoma

2005 Holiday              Oklahoma

2005 Orange (NC)                    Oklahoma

2004 Sugar (NC)                Oklahoma

2003 Rose                 Oklahoma

2002 Cotton                    Oklahoma

2001 Orange (NC)                   Oklahoma

1999 Independence         Oklahoma

1998 Music City           Alabama

(NC=National Championship)