Shipp resigns as Vintage football coach

Second stint leading Crushers ends with 7-13 record
2012-11-29T14:48:00Z 2012-11-30T19:22:43Z Shipp resigns as Vintage football coachMARTY JAMES Napa Valley Register
November 29, 2012 2:48 pm  • 

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.

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(15) Comments

  1. crusheralum
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    crusheralum - November 29, 2012 9:27 pm
    Will Vintage find someone outside the district, or will they stay local? Very interested in watching this unfold.
    Who are some worthy local candidates?
  2. simple
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    simple - November 30, 2012 7:48 am
    Good luck Vintage. Can Vintage offer a teaching position to attract an out of area coach?
  3. tulips
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    tulips - November 30, 2012 8:21 am
    i heard there going with stan domeizio
  4. xXGotGrapesXx
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    xXGotGrapesXx - November 30, 2012 8:51 am
    Vintage or napa ever win a section title? I think this valley is a little lost when it comes to the reality of football in Napa. It's all smoke and mirrors, you know, legends in their own mind kind of stuff.
    Register, excellent choice of picture for the article.
  5. glenroy
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    glenroy - November 30, 2012 9:35 am
    Shipper is, was and will always be a class act which puts him up there with other Crusher coaches like Herlocker, Autry, Franco Les & Jim, Williams, Tye… of course they all coached at Napa too…maybe Shipper's 4th comeback....or5th? A school record either way......

    xX....without a strong track & field progam winning a Sac Section title is slim in the best years.
  6. simple
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    simple - November 30, 2012 3:32 pm
    Good choice. Stan the man
  7. simple
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    simple - November 30, 2012 3:33 pm
    I am not the only one who noticed?
  8. napagiantsfan24
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    napagiantsfan24 - November 30, 2012 11:00 pm
    they should somehow bring back Coach Leach from NHS and make him the head coach
  9. familysportsguy
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    familysportsguy - December 01, 2012 7:18 am
    probably the wrong choice but without a teaching position to offer, The district cant go get a quality coach, Leach may be who they have to settle for
  10. familysportsguy
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    familysportsguy - December 01, 2012 7:22 am
    Agreed. Dave is a class guy who always had the kids best interest in mind. The district really handcuffed him this year by not allowing him to replace some coaches. I'm not surprised Dave is walking away. Good Luck and Roll Tide
  11. napa1957
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    napa1957 - December 01, 2012 1:53 pm
    I'll bet alot of us noticed the appropriateness of the photo! And yes, we are small town football, and maybe haven't won a section title, but OUR REALITY is Friday nights in the best Stadium around, surrounded by people who are out there in whatever kind of weather to cheer on our sons, nephews, grandsons and neighbors in a time-honored ritual. And good grief, what's wrong with being a legend in one's own mind! Beats sitting on the corner downtown smoking cigaretes and pouting about there being nothing to do. We have had many local players go on to have great college and pro careers. It's definately NOT smoke and mirrors to the freshman who has seen his body change from chubby kid to strong younghman through his efforts in the weight room, and in daily practice, and the joy of team-work on the field.
  12. napa1957
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    napa1957 - December 01, 2012 1:58 pm
    I also noticed that they are advertising for a position that they can't accurately describe as yet. If they truly want someone who will last and stay with the program, I don't believe that bringing in a coach that is retirement age makes much sense. Maybe there is a proven high school coach out there that wants to move to Napa and can commit to the program, but I have seen too many administrators etc. come for a year or two, then go back from whence they came. I wish them luck in their choice. It's a wonderful opportunity to get the program on the right track again after so many years.
  13. napagiantsfan24
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    napagiantsfan24 - December 01, 2012 10:48 pm
    this made my day
  14. catstew2
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    catstew2 - December 05, 2012 10:30 pm
    I saw the job posting- $3,200?! Wow, good luck!
  15. glenroy
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    glenroy - December 06, 2012 8:54 am
    Last time we added up the hours and the pay for an assistant FB coach... it worked out .35 cents per hour… the HC might be up around a buck.

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