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Belton Promotes Sam Skidmore To Replace Shipley

Killeen Daily Herald

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Skidmore Lands First Head Coach Job

Belton has promoted Samuel Skidmore to be their next head coach. Skidmore has been an assistant for the Tigers for the the past 3 seasons. This is his first head coaching job. He has also been an assistant at Floydada, Wills Point, Brownwood and Cleburne. He played college football at Tarleton State University.

Coach Skidmore replaces Bob Shipley who was named the Director of High School Relations at the University Of Texas. Coach Shipley led the Tigers to a 19-16 record over the past 3 years. Before coming to Belton, Shipley was at the University of Texas where he was a football analyst for the Longhorns. He has also been a Head Coach at Rotan (1999-2000 going 18-6-0), Burnet (2001-2006 going 54-19), Coppell (2007-2008 going 15-7) and Brownwood 2009-2012 going 38-14). He led Burnet to a championship games in 2002 and 2003. His sons are former Texas Longhorn receivers Jaxon and Jordan. Coach Shipley has an all-time coaching record of 144-62-0 which puts him in a tie for 268th for all-time coaching wins.

The Tigers graduated a lot of talent. That talent includes District MVP Peyton Mansell and 8 1st Team All-District players. The returning all-district players are DB Garrison Vaughn 1st, OL Aaron Krueger 2nd, FB Marshall Fish 2nd, RB Bryce Julian 2nd and DL Logan Hall 2nd. The 2016 season ended a three year streak of non-winning seasons and Coach Skidmore is looking to keep the winning ways going at Belton.

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