Shipley steps aside as hoops coach at Castleton

Castleton State College Associate Dean for Athletics Deanna Tyson announced last week that Ted Shipley, head men's basketball and baseball coach at Castleton for the past eight seasons, will coach only baseball effective July 1.

"While Coach Shipley's enthusiasm and positive attitude will be missed on the sidelines, shifting his focus to the baseball team will only strengthen one of the top programs in our department," Tyson said. "By adding another full-time coaching position, our men's basketball team will likewise benefit greatly."

Shipley, who is in the midst of his ninth season at the helm of the Spartan baseball team, has amassed a record of 167-142 and has earned NAC Coach of the Year honors in each of the last two seasons. Last season he piloted the Spartans to 22 wins and a North Atlantic Conference Championship, which earned the school's first berth in the NCAA National Tournament. In 2007 the Spartans won a program-record 26 games before bowing out in the conference semifinals. His teams have won 20 or more games in five of their last seven seasons, including their last three in a row, while winning 19 in 2003 and 2005.

In eight seasons as the men's basketball coach, Shipley made six trips to the NAC Tournament, and led the team to the school's first at-large berth in the NCAA National Tournament during the 2003-04 season.

A national search will begin immediately to find Shipley's successor.

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