Pete Shinnick named new Towson University football head coach
TOWSON, Md. – Baltimore native Pete Shinnick, who guided the University of West Florida (UWF) to a Division II national championship in 2019 and playoff appearances in four of the last five seasons played, has been named Towson University’s Head Football Coach, Director of Athletics Steve Eigenbrot announced.
The younger Shinnick is 159-67 (.704 winning percentage) all-time as a college head coach, spanning 20 seasons with stops at West Florida, UNC Pembroke and Azusa Pacific. He has earned Division II National Coach of the Year twice. Shinnick was signed to a five-year contract.
“Pete Shinnick has been a winner at every stop,” said Eigenbrot. “We were looking for a leader with a vision, who draws people into the program and towards him. Over the last 20 years, at three different institutions, Pete has done just that. He has demonstrated proven success as a head coach with what he has accomplished at West Florida, UNC Pembroke and Azusa Pacific. His leadership and character make him a perfect fit for Towson.”
As the Tigers’ fifth head coach, Shinnick follows Carl Runk (1969-71), Phil Albert (1972-1991), Gordy Combs (1992-2008) and Rob Ambrose (2009-2022). Towson is the only program in the nation to earn playoff berths at the Division III, Division II and Division I levels, including a trip to the FCS championship game in 2013.
“I followed this program since that national championship run and I always felt like this could be that type of program,” said Shinnick. “Once the job opened, I started to investigate and learn more about it and became excited about what kind of opportunity this is.”
Shinnick came to West Florida in 2014 as the school’s first football head coach. Two years later, the Argonauts won five games in their inaugural season. In 2017, the Argos went 11-4 and advanced to the national championship game in just their second season of competition. Shinnick earned the first of two National Coach of the Year awards.
Two years later, UWF went 13-2 and defeated three number one seeds and four-consecutive undefeated teams to win the national title. Shinnick was named the National Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons while quarterback Austin Reed earned National Freshman of the Year honors after throwing for 4,089 yards and 40 touchdowns. investigate and learn more about it and became excited about what kind of opportunity this is.”
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