WMU Names Justin Shipp as New Head Coach

by Ryan Slank

KALAMAZOO, MI - Sept. 2019

 

Starting in the 2019 Fall Season the Western Michigan Broncos have announced Justin Shipp as their new head coach. 

Team President Slank said that the team is excited to have coach Shipp lead the program for the 2019 - 2020 season! “We are ready to take the next step as a program and continue to push towards making the playoffs in 2020. Coach Shipp brings a ton of coaching experience with him having coached a decade and having great leadership and organizational abilities from his 9 years of service in the army. 

 I am really looking forward to returning to my alma mater as the new head coach of the men's lacrosse team said, Shipp. The new coach played for the Broncos as a defensive midfield and graduated with a bachelor's in exercise science.  "The team here seems like a great bunch of guys that are eager to commit to the new direction and give everything they have to keep pushing the program to new heights. As they have gone through three different coaching staffs now in three years, it will be important for us to spend time getting a strong culture to build on. I am excited about the challenges that will come with leading this program and am fully committed to building a great program that Kalamazoo can be proud of for the foreseeable future. 

 This will be coach Shipp’s first time in the college coaching ranks however he has been very active in his ten years of coaching.  Starting just two years after high school becoming the youth director of Mattawan's boy's lacrosse program for five years in Kalamazoo. In addition, Shipp has been a coordinator on both sides of the ball at the high school level and running a travel lacrosse program in the area. Outside of coaching coach Shipp founded the South West Michigan Youth Lacrosse conference that he still helps organize to this day for youth players.