By Amanda Flood
San Bernardino Valley College has just announced the addition of new head coach John Shipp to the SBVC football program.
The San Bernardino Community College District has approved his hire as of July 10th.
Shipp replaces Kevin Emerson, who helmed the SBVC Football program from 2009 to 2013. During that time, Emerson took SBVC to a Conference Championship and two Bowl games. Shipp brings with him a pedigree of success from high school to community college football, as the one time head coach of the Fountain Valley Barons from 2004-2012 and the former offensive coordinator at Golden West College.
Shipp is excited to embark on this new journey as SBVC’s head football coach and has seen the great opportunity that this school has to offer. He believes that, “It has always been about the opportunity to coach student athletes and support them, to move on, and do the things they want to do in life.”
When the opportunity came about, to come to a college that has been very successful athletically as well as academically he was ready to take the next step. Shipp attended Claremont McKenna College and he feels familiar with the environment and the community in which he will be recruiting. SBVC “felt like home, it was a great opportunity to come in here and continue the tradition of success”
Shipp firmly believes that, “the athletic department as a whole plays a huge and vital role in the student body, football can be a huge driving force for a lot of student athletes and their success.” As a new head coach he knows that the season ahead will be an interesting and positive transition, looking to continue the tradition of success at SBVC.
SBVC opens the season at the Santa Barbara City Vaqueros on September 6th. The Vaqueros represent an interesting opponent for SBVC, since they have never faced one another in football.
SBVC’s first home game will be against the West Los Angeles Wildcats on September 13th. The last time that SBVC and the Wildcats faced off was in 2000, when SBVC lost to the then named West L.A. Oilers, 23-20. Their last non-Conference game has them on the road, at Glendale on September 20th at 6 p.m.
The Mt. San Jacinto Eagles host SBVC on September 27th to open the American Division-Mountain Conference, with kick off set for 1 p.m. and then SBVC returns home on October 4th to face a team they haven’t faced in five years, the College of the Desert Roadrunners.
In week six, SBVC travels to Victor Valley for their final day game of the season and then on October 25th, San Diego Mesa takes the trek north to SBVC with kickoff set for 6 p.m. On November 1st, Compton travels to SBVC, for the Homecoming game and Sophomore Night festivities, kick off is at 6 p.m. with the final road game against the Southwestern Jaguars on November 8th in Chula Vista.
Closing the 2014 season with a home game against the East Los Angeles Huskies at 6 p.m., so come out and support SBVC this football season.