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Angelo State has announced that Renae Shippy will become the 11th head women's basketball coach at Angelo State.

"We are very excited about Renae and what we believe she will be able to do as our women's basketball coach," Angelo State Athletic Director James Reid said. "She has been an instrumental part of the success that the Belles' have had over the past two years under Kevin Baker. She has been able to establish important relationships in the recruiting process. She is familiar with Angelo State and the Lone Star Conference and understands the type of play required to win in the LSC and in Division II. We look forward to seeing what she and her teams accomplish over the years to come."

Shippy has been the Belles assistant coach for the last two seasons helping lead the team to a 50-14 record. ASU has made back-to-back NCAA Division II Regional tournament appearances including the program's first NCAA Division II Sweet 16 appearance this last season. Shippy takes over for Kevin Baker who departed to become UTEP's head women's basketball coach.

"I am humbled and honored for the opportunity to be the next head women's basketball coach at Angelo State," Shippy said. "I would like to thank President Dr. Brian May and Athletic Director James Reid for the tremendous support through this process. I'm excited to continue the great success we have been able to accomplish over the last two years."

The Belles won the program's first LSC Championship since 2005 this past season and also added a LSC Tournament Championship in 2016. Shippy was instrumental in Jasmine Prophet and Taylor Dorsey being named All-Americans in 2016-17. Dorsey and Prophet were the fourth and fifth All-Americans in program history. Prophet was named LSC Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons and Dorsey was Newcomer of the Year in 2015-16.

ASU President Brian J. May said, "We are excited to have Renae as our head coach of women's basketball. As an assistant coach, she already played a key role in the Belles' resurgence and back-to-back Lone Star Conference Championships. We now look forward to continued success for the team under her outstanding leadership."

Shippy arrived to Angelo State after spending one season as director of operations at Division I Arkansas State. The Red Wolves went 24-11 and advanced to the Women's NIT. She helped guide Aundrea Gamble to her second straight Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year award and helped the standout guard earn Mid-Major First-Team All-American status. Shippy also played a key role in helping Jasmine Hunt and Khadija Brown-Haywood receive All-Sun Belt Conference third-team honors as well.

Prior to Arkansas State, Shippy spent a year as a graduate assistant at her alma mater of Central Missouri. The Jennies went 26-5 and qualified for the NCAA Division II Central Regional Tournament. She helped with the development of All-American Keuna Flax. Flax was the MIAA Conference Player of the Year during Shippy's tenure. BreAnna Lewis and Revonnia Howard were honored with all-conference selections as well.

Before joining the Jennies' coaching staff, Shippy played at Central Missouri where she was named a team captain during her senior season. In her final season she scored a career-high 18 points against Southwest Baptist and had a career three-point field goal percentage of .364. She ranks No. 2 in Central Missouri single season 3-point field goal percentage with a clip of .435.   

During the 2012 season, she served as a student assistant for the Central Missouri volleyball team. She graduated in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education and is pursuing a master's degree in sports administration.



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