Missouri Head Football Coach Barry Odom finalized his assistant coaching staff today, announcing that he’s added veteran coach Jackie Shipp to the lineup. Shipp, who has coached defensive line for all but one year of his accomplished 25-year-career, has coached in four national championship games, including the 2001 Orange Bowl, where his alma mater Oklahoma won the BCS National Championship.
Shipp comes to Mizzou after spending the last three seasons (2013-15) mentoring the defensive line at Arizona State, where the Sun Devils reached bowl games each year. Prior to that, Shipp annually guided some of the nation’s most disruptive defensive lines at Oklahoma from 1999-2012, during which the Sooners reached BCS title games four times overall (2001, 2004, 2005 and 2009). He also spent the 1998 season at Alabama as defensive line coach. Each of his teams from 1998 through 2015 have reached a post-season bowl game, giving him an active streak of 18 consecutive seasons having coached in a bowl.
Shipp just landed Wednesday afternoon after flying in from Arizona in time for the Signing Day press conference. Now he must play catch up learning his personnel. He’s excited about the challenge.
Shipp is a former recipient of the All-American Football Foundation Mike Campbell Top Assistant Coach Award and has been named by Rivals.com as a Top 25 recruiter nationally. Details of Shipp’s contract will be released once fully executed, along with the completion of human resources procedures.
“I’m thrilled that we have the opportunity to welcome Coach Shipp to the Mizzou family,” said Odom. “He has had great success throughout his career and that includes developing some of the best defensive linemen in college football. I’ve seen him recruit with relentless energy and have always been impressed with how he gets his players to play the game. I’m most excited about him leading and mentoring our student-athletes and providing them with a platform for success in life,” he said.
“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” said Shipp. “I grew up in Stillwater, Okla., and I played in the Big Eight and coached in the Big 12, so I’m very aware of Mizzou’s tradition. I think back to greats like Phil Bradley, James Wilder, Leo Lewis and all of those teams, and I always have had great respect for Mizzou and their history. Now, it’s the SEC which we all know is considered the best league by so many, and Mizzou has already played for two league championships in a short time which is really impressive. I’m excited to come to work with a great staff that Coach Odom has put together, it is a great situation all around to have success with. I’m impressed with the track record that Coach Odom has already established, you look at what he’s achieved at every level, and this is a guy who is going to make a great head coach. I’m looking forward to helping him achieve big things,” he said.