Vintage High School on Thursday announced the resignation of head football coach Dave Shipp, who led the Crushers to a 4-6 record this year and a 3-7 mark during the 2011 season.
Shipp, 60, turned in his letter of resignation on Wednesday, said Mike Pearson, Vintage’s principal. Shipp also informed coaches and players of his decision that day.
Shipp is stepping down after two years as the Crushers’ coach. They finished fourth in the Monticello Empire League this year and were third in 2011.
Shipp was in his second stint as Vintage’s coach, the first was from 1989 to 1993.
Shipp’s history with Vintage football goes back to 1978 when he was an assistant for receivers and defensive backs on a Crusher team that won the MEL title and were semifinalists in the Sac-Joaquin Section AAA playoffs.
“Through all my discussions with Dave, he continually always went back to how much he really enjoys working with students and football players,” Pearson said. “He felt really close to all the kids on the team, but really the seniors. You could see that in each one of the football games. Whether we won or whether we lost, you could tell his passion for the students and for them to do their best each and every Friday night. I also think he had a really good relationship with his coaches, too. It’s going to be really difficult to find someone who has that connection with students like Dave does.”
Shipp was also formerly the head coach at St. Patrick/St. Vincent of Vallejo and Justin-Siena. He won a Catholic Athletic League title at St. Patrick’s and captured the Sac-Joaquin Section title at Justin-Siena.
Shipp declined an interview, but in a statement said: “As I leave the Vintage High School athletic program, I feel gratitude for having been part of an outstanding program. My goal when I returned to coaching was to “wake up the echoes.” Having been part of three MEL championship teams, I felt we had the opportunity to succeed in this endeavor. Unfortunately, we were not able to completely accomplish this, but I do feel we have put the Crushers on the right path to succeed and once again become a consistent playoff team.”
Shipp will continue at Vintage as a P.E. teacher.