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Head Coach

Phone: (850) ***-****  
Email: p***@***.edu
University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola , Florida 32514
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1967, the University of West Florida (UWF) is a public four-year institution located in Pensacola, Fla. With an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students, UWF...   more

Employment History


  • bachelor’s degree , business
  • master’s degree , guidance
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Pete ..., 29 Mar 2015 [cached]
Pete Shinnick University of West Florida Argonauts - Staff Directory
Pete Shinnick
Pete Shinnick Head Coach
Phone: 850.474.2958 Email:
After a collegiate coaching career spanning more than 25 years, Pete Shinnick came to the University of West Florida in 2014 as the school’s first football head coach. Shinnick’s career has included stints as a head coach at Azusa Pacific and UNC Pembroke, and he will lead the UWF football program in its first season in 2016.
Shinnick Press Conference Recap
Shinnick most recently coached at UNC Pembroke, where he was hired in 2005 to bring football back to the university after an absence of more than 50 years. He built the Braves into a nationally-ranked NCAA Division II team and compiled a record of 50-24 in seven seasons. Before bringing football back to UNC Pembroke, Shinnick made his mark as head coach of former NAIA powerhouse Azusa Pacific. In seven years with the Cougars, his teams posted a mark of 53-22 and earned two national semifinalist finishes.
UNC Pembroke Shinnick was announced as UNCP’s head coach in December 2005, and the team began playing in 2007. After a 4-7 record the first season, the Braves averaged nearly eight wins over their next six years. Shinnick led the team to nine wins each in 2008 and 2009, and the 2009 team became the youngest program (three years) to advance to the NCAA Division II playoffs.
In his seven years coaching at UNCP, Shinnick finished with a record of 50-24 (.676 winning percentage). The second year team in 2008 finished as the NCAA Division II statistical national champion in scoring defense (11.2 points allowed per game), and they ranked sixth in the same category the following year (15.1). He led the Braves back to their second NCAA tournament in 2013, as the team earned a first round bye into the round of 16. The 2013 team was also ranked as high as No. 8 in the American Football Coaches Association national poll.
Azusa Pacific Before building the program at UNC Pembroke, Shinnick excelled in his seven years as head coach at Azusa Pacific in Azusa, Calif. He took over in 1999 and saw immediate success, as the Cougars posted a record of 9-3 and advanced to the NAIA semifinals. Shinnick posted a record of 53-22 (.707 winning percentage) and the team made five total appearances in the NAIA playoffs, including a trip back to the semifinals in 2004.
His teams at Azusa Pacific set a total of 77 school records under his watch, and the Cougars appeared in the NAIA top 25 rankings 48 consecutive times and 75 out of 86 in his seven years. In Shinnick’s last four years, the team averaged more than 23.5 points per game and 328 total yards of offense per contest.
Previous experience Before getting his first head coaching job at Azusa Pacific, Shinnick received a varied experience as an assistant coach at multiple levels. His first assistant coach position was at Richmond in 1988, and he coached at six more universities (Arkansas, Clemson, Oregon State, Northern Michigan, St. Cloud State, Humboldt State) before landing at Azusa Pacific in 1999.
Shinnick graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from Colorado in 1988, and he was a two-year letterwinner as an offensive lineman for the Buffaloes in 1985 and 1986. He appeared in 21 games for Colorado, including the 1985 Freedom Bowl and the 1986 Bluebonnet Bowl. He later earned his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Clemson in 1992.
Family Pete grew up in a football family, as his father Don Shinnick was a linebacker for the Baltimore Colts in the National Football League for 13 seasons.
Pete was born in Baltimore, Md. and graduated from high school in Columbia, Mo. Pete and his wife, Traci, are the proud parents of four children: Anna, Rachel, Elijah and Benjamin.
"Pete Shinnick has demonstrated proven success as a head coach with what he has accomplished at UNC Pembroke. His background, leadership and character make him a perfect fit for West Florida and a great addition to the Gulf South Conference."
Tim Horton, running backs coach at Auburn University (played for Shinnick while at University of Arkansas)
“I have known Pete for 20 years and I am so excited he will be the new head football coach at the University of West Florida. Pete is a tremendous football coach who has been successful building football programs wherever he has been. The student-athletes that have played for Pete have been influenced by his commitment to excellence in the classroom as well as on the field. His concern for his players goes beyond the field to create an atmosphere in the program of support and caring for each member of the team. As UWF begins its football journey I can't think of a better person to build a foundation of passion, character and trust than Coach Shinnick."
The University of West ..., 17 July 2014 [cached]
The University of West Florida, who will begin play in Division II in 2016, believes it found that leadership when it hired head coach Pete Shinnick in January. Shinnick comes to Pensacola, Fla., after previously bringing football back after a 50-year hiatus to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2007. He took the school to the Division II playoffs in only its third season, and he finished his seven-year tenure with a 50-24 record. West Florida believes Shinnick can deliver on the goals set forth by the university to enhance the campus experience and get football off on the right foot.
Shinnick is the right man for the job. He is a demonstrated leader and has built a winning team from scratch. I am pleased he will join us at UWF and carry forward our vision."
Having gone through the football building process before, Shinnick knows the challenges of starting a program from scratch, but said after four months on the job that the momentum is moving in the right direction. Shinnick knows the significant impact football can have on a college campus.
"One of the reasons people start football is to complete the college atmosphere," said Shinnick.
The Buzz 2/6/14 | Inweekly, 6 Feb 2014 [cached]
Argonaut Football No Longer Coach-less The University of West Florida's football program made a huge stride toward its planned 2016 inaugural kickoff by hiring Pete Shinnick as the first head coach, announcing the hire on Friday, Jan. 31.
Shinnick comes to UWF from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP), where he most recently served as head coach from 2005 through Jan. 31. Much like the situation he faces at UWF, Shinnick built the team at UNCP from the ground up after an over 50-year hiatus in that university's football program. In his seven seasons at the head of UNCP's football program, the team compiled a record of 50-24 and the 2009 UNCP team became the youngest program to advance to the NCAA Division II playoffs, managing the feat in only three years.
Shinnick grew up in a football family. His father, Don, worked as an assistant coach in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots after retiring from playing linebacker for the Baltimore Colts for 13 years. After playing college football at Colorado, Shinnick followed in his father's footsteps and accepted his first assistant coaching position at Richmond in 1988, coaching in some capacity at six other universities before landing his first head coaching position at Azusa Pacific in Azusa, Calif. in 1999. From Azusa, Shinnick went to UNCP, and will now apply his skills to building UWF's program.
If all goes according to plan, Shinnick will begin recruiting the first student athletes this fall, and will enroll and begin practices with the inaugural recruiting class in fall 2015.
Deese’s coaching career ..., 29 Mar 2015 [cached]
Deese’s coaching career started under current UWF head coach Pete Shinnick as a graduate assistant at UNC Pembroke in 2007.
UNC Pembroke, 24 Feb 2015 [cached]
January 31, 2014 | Football Shinnick Resigns As Head Football Coach At UNC Pembroke Athletics department officials at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke announced Friday that Pete Shinnick has resigned his post as head football coach to take the same position at the...
August 7, 2013 | Football Braves Report For 2013 Football Season UNCP head coach Pete Shinnick welcomed more than 125 football players to campus on Wednesday morning as the Braves reported for preseason drills to officially kick off the 2013 football season.
February 14, 2013 | Football Krutsch Joins Football Staff As Defensive Line Coach UNCP head football coach Pete Shinnick announced an addition to his coaching staff on Thursday morning as former Northern Illinois standout Alex Krutsch was hired on to coach the defensive line for...
January 4, 2013 | Football Deese Elevated To Offensive Coordinator UNCP football head coach Pete Shinnick announced Friday afternoon that Jammie Deese, in addition to his duties as the wide receivers coach for the Braves, will now undertake the role of offensive...
August 8, 2012 | Football Braves Report For 2012 Football Season UNCP head coach Pete Shinnick welcomed more than 115 football players to campus on Tuesday morning as the Braves reported for preseason drills to officially kick off the 2012 football season.
March 8, 2012 | Football Braves Add Haskins To 2012 Signing Class UNC Pembroke head football coach Pete Shinnick announced an addition to his 2012 recruiting class on Thursday afternoon as Lumberton native and placekicker/punter Connor Haskins announced his...
August 9, 2011 | Football Braves Report For 2011 Football Season UNCP head coach Pete Shinnick welcomed more than 110 football players to campus on Tuesday morning as the Braves reported for preseason drills to officially kick off the 2011 football season.
February 4, 2011 | Football State Of The Program: UNCP Football In the midst of the recruiting process last week, had the chance to sit down with football head coach Pete Shinnick to find out about the recruiting season, as well as the questions...
August 10, 2010 | Football Braves Report For 2010 Football Season UNCP head coach Pete Shinnick welcomed more than 115 football players to campus on Tuesday morning as the Braves reported for preseason drills to officially kick off the 2010 football season.
February 24, 2010 | Football Shinnick Announces Coaching Staff Promotions UNCP football head coach Pete Shinnick announced a pair of promotions on his coaching staff on Friday morning as offensive line coach Steve Saulnier was named assistant head coach while quarterbacks...
August 14, 2009 | Football Braves Welcome Weekend With High Intensity Cooler temperatures brought higher intensity in a 2-hour and 30-minute practice that was highlighted by eye-popping hits that brought praise from coach Pete Shinnick August 12, 2009 | Football Rain, Lightning Cut Wednesday Practice Short After enduring two-straight days of temperatures nearing the triple-digit mark, the UNCP football team got a bit of a reprieve on Wednesday afternoon as lightning cut short the team’s lone... August 10, 2009 | Football Braves Turn In First Full Pads Session UNCP officially put a close to the NCAA-mandated 5-day acclimatization period with a 2-hour and 30-minute practice session on Monday morning August 5, 2009 | Football Braves Report For 2009 Football Season Head coach Pete Shinnick welcomed more than 120 football players to campus on Wednesday morning as the Braves reported for preseason drills to officially kick off the 2009 football season. July 29, 2009 | Football Youth Experience, Golf Tournament Planned As Part Of Two Rivers Classic Events UNCP and Fayetteville State have announced a youth experience, a golf tournament and a dance as part of the listing of events leading up to the inaugural meeting of the Two Rivers Classic.
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