Clyde Shipley, third of three sons born to Tom and Blanche
Dykes Shipley, was born on August 10, 1926 in Kingsport,
sandlot baseball to no-net basketball, marbles and football,
sports ruled the youngest Shipley's world. Beryl attended
Dobyns-Bennett High, lettering three times in basketball,
twice in baseball and once in football.
his WW II years in the Navy, his athletic prowess earned
young Shipley a basketball scholarship to Hinds Junior
College in Raymond, Mississippi, where he was a starting
guard. That year Beryl won the hand of his sweetheart,
Dolores Gerrard of Yazoo City, and happened to caught
the eye of the coach at Delta State College in Cleveland,
MS. Shortly thereafter, Shipley and his new bride moved
to DSC where his passion for basketball, and the G.I.
Bill helped him pay for his education.
graduation in 1951 with a B.S. in Health and Physical
Education and a minor in social studies, Beryl accepted
the position of head basketball-football-baseball coach
at Morgan City High School in Morgan City, MS. On top
of his grueling athletic schedule, Coach Shipley managed
to teach five social studies classes and coach his expecting
wife's girls basketball team--all for a salary of $1800!
1952, Shipley moved Dolores and their new daughter,
Marilyn, to Starkville, Mississippi, where he was Starkville
High School's head basketball coach. Coach Shipley's
built a record of 111-26 in his five-year stay at Starkville
High! He also managed to earn a Masters Degree in Education
Administration from Mississippi State and bring his
second daughter, Patricia, into the world.
1957, John Robert Bell, the Athletic Director at SLI
and a Kingsport native, was in need of a head basketball
coach for the battling Bulldogs. Bell noticed Beryl's
achievements at Starkville and didn't hesitate to offer
him the head basketball position at SLI. That year,
Beryl moved his family for the last time, arriving in
Lafayette just in time to welcome Hurricane Audrey.
The Shipley family grew in 1959 with the addition of
daughter Amy. It was her knack for home-baked chocolate
chip oatmeal cookies that motivated many a battling
Bulldog through much of the Shipley era.
years after his inaugural game, and 425 games later,
Shipley held 296 victories and 129 losses for a .696
win percentage to earn the title "Winningest Coach in
USL's 100 Year History". He had 15 winning seasons in
his 16-year tenure, with the exception of a 12-13 record
in '62-63 and coached 3 All- Americans.
States Conference Coach of the year 4 times, runner-up
District 27 Coach-of-the-Year: 64-65, 65-66
Conference Coach of the year 1971-72, 72-73
Collegiate Coach of the Year in 1972-73
Chosen to coach the South Squad in Aloha Classic in
Coached the Louisiana All Star Team in the Texas All
Stars vs. Louisiana All Stars
Basketball Hall of Fame (La. Association of Basketball
Coaches) inducted 1984
Community College Sports Hall of Fame - inducted 1988
twice as feature lecturer at University of Mexico
130-42 (at home: 77-9, on road: 53-33)
College Division: 246-79
College Division Teams in Lafayette: won last 29 games
in a row following a 93-90 loss to Baylor, University
on January 8, 1971.
record in the 2-year period, 1971-73, stood at 49-9
included a 27-9 when they played in the university
division and 22-0 when playing college division teams.
to 1970-71 SLI/USL teams played in the Gulf States
Conference. Won 5 Gulf States Conference championships;
runners up 6 times.
Team ranked 10th in National College-Division poll
NAIA district 27 champs
NAIA district 27 champs * 1971 Achieved NCAA University
Division status, entered Southland Conference.
USL finished with 25-4 record; won Southland Conference
crown with a perfect 8-0 record.; Competed in NCAA
College Division Championship finishing 3rd at Evansville,
USL finished with 25-4 record, competed in NCAA "Sweet
16". Ranked 8th nationally
USL finished with 24-5 and advanced to NCAA "Sweet
16". Ranked 7th nationally.