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Pete Shinnick to build Braves football
By Scott Ammons
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.
"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."
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.
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.