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
built the team at UNCP
from the ground up after an over 50-year hiatus in that university's football program.
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.
grew up in a football family.
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
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.