Ron Schipper

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Ron Schipper
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Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1928-08-07)August 7, 1928
Zeeland, Michigan
Died March 27, 2006(2006-03-27) (aged 77)
Holland, Michigan
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1961–1996 Central (IA)
Head coaching record
Overall 287–67–3
Accomplishments and honors
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2000 (profile)

Ron "Skip" Schipper (August 7, 1928 – March 27, 2006) was an American college football coach at Central College in Pella, Iowa from 1961 to 1996. Prior to that he was a very successful high school football coach for Northville High School in Northville, Michigan.

Schipper was born in Zeeland, Michigan. During his tenure at Central College, he never failed to have a winning season, and retired with an .808 career winning percentage - then the fourth highest in Division III history. His teams won 18 Iowa Conference championships, enjoyed ten undefeated seasons, and won the 1974 Division III national championship; they were national runners-up in 1984 and 1988.

His 287 career wins rank second in Division III history, and eighth among coaches in all divisions. He also served as the school's athletic director from 1964 to 1993. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, presented by the American Football Coaches Association, in 2004.

He died in Holland, Michigan at age 77. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, daughter Sara, and two sons Tim and Thom, grandchildren Nathan, Rachel, Alaina, Eljse and Lucas.

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