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Pete Shinnick to build Braves football

By Scott Ammons
Editor

After an absence that spans five decades, Chancellor Allen C. Meadors and Athletic Director Dan Kenney announced Peter Shinnick as the choice to lead Braves football into the new millennium.

Shinnick comes to UNCP from Azusa Pacific, where he coached the cougars to the National Association of Collegiate Athletics (NAIA) playoffs five times, set 77 new school records and amassed a 53-22 record (.707).

While his numbers at Azusa Pacific were remarkable they will be tough to replicate, especially at a program that has been dormant for 54 years.

But, Shinnick isn't concerned. In fact, he's excited about his chance to build a program from the ground up.

Artist’s rendition above depicts the 29,000 sq. ft. athletic fieldhouse that will be constructed at the Belk Athletic Complex by local builders Metcom.

Photo by Scott Ammons
Artist’s rendition above depicts the 29,000 sq. ft. athletic fieldhouse that will be constructed at the Belk Athletic Complex by local builders Metcom.

"Starting from scratch, and building a program from the ground up is an incredible opportunity,” Shinnick said. “There are a lot of things that need to be done. The only things we have are some pens, paper, a couple of phones and an e-mail account."

However, Shinnick has hired Steve Carson of Liberty University as defensive coordinator and Shane Richardson from North Dakota State as recruiting coordinator.

Shinnick also hosted UNCP's first football open house which attracted more than 200 visitors and prospective players to the university.

"UNCP is a great place," Shinnick said, "I am extremely impressed with the University as a whole and its plan for the future, which includes the building of a football program. The people have been very receptive, especially, the local high school coaches

They're excited that Pembroke will offer football. I couldn't ask for more."

Coaching is in Shinnick's lineage.

His father, Don Shinnick, was an all-American linebacker at UCLA, played 13 seasons in the NFL and coached for the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Cardinals and the New England Patriots.

Shinnick himself played for Colorado State as an offensive lineman.

The search for a new football coach began last year when the university received permission from the UNC Board of Governors to increase athletic fees $140.

UNCP students voted in favor of the fee increase according to a football feasibility study conducted by the university: "91 percent of the 1,100 UNCP students surveyed voted "yes" in favor of establishing a football team."

The survey also revealed that students were willing to pay $70 a semester to support a football team.

"Great strides have been made toward building a successful program,” Athletic Director Dan Kenney said. “Coach Shinnick has made unbelievable accomplishments in the short time he's been here."

Braves football is scheduled to kick off on Aug. 30, 2007.

Shinnick, and wife Traci, have four children.


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Updated: Friday, February 3, 2006
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