UNCP hires assistant football coaches


Steve Carson named Braves’ defensive coordinator

New UNC Pembroke football Coach Pete Shinnick named Steve Carson assistant coach and defensive coordinator. Carson, who is Coach Shinnick’s first hire at UNCP, comes to Pembroke from Liberty University after three seasons.

steve_carson.jpg“I want to thank our Athletic Director Dan Kenney, Physical Education Director Tommy Thompson and everyone at this great University for giving me this opportunity,” Carson said. “I also want to thank Coach Shinnick for allowing me to come in on the ground floor of a new and exciting football program.

“Coach Shinnick’s coaching background, along with the exciting changes on campus and in the surrounding community, are big reasons why I chose to join the Braves’ football staff,” he said.

Carson brings over 25 years of collegiate and professional coaching. Preceding his three-years as Liberty’s defensive coordinator, he served two years as an advance scout for the 2003 NFL Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“I am very excited to have a coach with the experience, background and knowledge that Steve Carson has,” Shinnick said. “We are very fortunate to add a coach of his caliber to our program.”

Winning has followed Carson’s athletic career.

Prior to his days with the Buccaneers, Carson served one year as the secondary coach of the Orlando Rage of the XFL. From 1996-2000, Carson served on coaching staffs in the NFL Europe league and helped the Rhein Fire to a World Bowl Championship in 1998. Carson was defensive coordinator with the Berlin Thunder in 1999-2000.

From 1995-96, Carson served as the defensive coordinator at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., helping them to a Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship. Before that, Carson was secondary coach at Rutgers (1990-94) and Wisconsin (1985-87) and defensive coordinator at East Tennessee State (1988-89).

Carson’s first two collegiate coaching experiences were as defensive coordinator at Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1980-84) and Montana State (1984-85). At Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Carson helped the Blugolds to two conference championships and guided Montana State to a NCAA I-AA national championship in 1984.

Overall, his career includes seven conference and division championships, one bowl appearance, two NFL Europe World Bowl appearances, one NFL Europe World Bowl Championship and one NCAA I-AA national championship.

Carson received his bachelor’s degree in physical education and social studies from Drake University in 1973 and his master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University in physical education and administration in 1975.

Carson lettered in both football and baseball at Drake and was a captain for the baseball squad. He led the Bulldogs to a Missouri Valley Conference football championship.

Coaching Experience:

  • 2003-05 – Liberty University, defensive coordinator
  • 2001-03 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), advance scout
  • 2001 – Orlando Rage (XFL), defensive backs coach
  • 1999-2000 – Berlin Thunder (NFL Europe), defensive coordinator
  • 1996-98 – Rhein Fire (NFL Europe), defensive backs coach
  • 1995-96 – Humboldt State, defensive coordinator
  • 1990-94 – Rutgers, defensive backs coach
  • 1988-89 – East Tennessee State, defensive coordinator
  • 1985-87 – Wisconsin, defensive backs coach
  • 1984 – Montana State, defensive coordinator
  • 1980-84 – Wisconsin-Eau Claire, defensive coordinator


  • B.S., physical education and social studies - Drake, 1973
  • Master’s in physical education and administration - Eastern Illinois, 1975

UNCP adds Shane Richardson to football staff

UNC Pembroke football Coach Pete Shinnick announced January 27 that Shane Richardson has joined the Braves as an assistant football coach. He will be responsible for recruiting and coaching linebackers. Richardson comes to UNCP from North Dakota State University, where he served as an assistant coach.

“This is a great honor for my wife and I to be joining the UNC Pembroke family,” Richardson said. “I look forward to the opportunity of working with Coach Shinnick and helping build a first-class program for a first-class institution.”

Richardson’s college football coaching career started at his alma mater, Northern Michigan University, where he spent the 2001 season as a graduate assistant coaching linebackers. Along with coaching the linebackers, he assisted with the special teams units in the weight room and helped recruit and evaluate prospective student-athletes.

After a one-year stint at Northern Michigan, Richardson became the linebacker coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at Jamestown College in North Dakota. In 2003, Richardson moved to North Dakota State as a graduate assistant, where he assisted in coaching defensive backs and helped recruit and evaluate high school talent.

As part of the requirements for a master’s degree in physical education at North Dakota State, Richardson interned with the U.S. Olympic Committee in 2005, working with USA Taekwondo. While with the USOC, he assisted ing instructing and implementing a coaching development plan and coordinating a volunteer program.

“Shane is a great young coach with a wealth of knowledge,” Shinnick said. “He played with a lot of energy as a linebacker at Northern Michigan, and we hope that he will bring that energy with him to our staff as the recruiting coordinator.”

After earning his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and social studies from Northern Michigan in 2001, Richardson spent one season at Iron Mountain High School in Michigan as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

As a linebacker at Northern Michigan, Richardson was a three-year starter and earned all-league honors in 1999 and 2000. He also was named to the all-academic team in 2000.

The Richardson File:

  • 2005 – U. S. Olympic Committee
  • 2003-04 – North Dakota State, defensive coach
  • 2002-03 – Jamestown College, linebacker coach
  • 2001-02 – Northern Michigan, linebacker coach
  • 2001 – Iron Mountain High School, strength & conditioning


  • Bachelor’s degree in secondary education/social studies, Northern Michigan, 2001
  • Master’s degree in physical education/athletic administration, North Dakota State, 2005

UNCP will play its first football game in more than 50 years in 2007. For more information about football, please call 910.521.6227 or email peter.shinnick@uncp.edu.