Bill Shipman was honored as the United States Fencing Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1994, the first year Brandeis hosted the NCAA Fencing Championships. That year, one of his freshman fencers, Kristin Foellmer '96, won All-American honors by finishing third in women's foil.
Several years ago, Shipman served as chair of the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Committee. One of his fencers, Tim Morehouse '00, earned All-American honors by finishing sixth in men's sabre in 1999 and finishing fourth in men's sabre in the 2000 NCAA Fencing Championships. Under Coach Shipman's guidance, Tracy Marien '03, who started her fencing career at Brandeis, was placed 10th in the 2003 NCAA Women's saber competition, earning All-American honors.
Shipman came to Brandeis in 1981 as the head coach of both men's and women's fencing and has continued the long tradition of fencing excellence at Brandeis. His men's team won the 1989 University Athletic Association championship and finished runnerup six times. His women's team has won five UAA titles, including the three straight from 1993-95, two straight from 2001-02, and finished runnerup three times.
Prior to his arrival here, Shipman served as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 1978-1981. He has a bachelor of arts in education with a major in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a masters degree in Recreation and Parks Administation from Clemson University.
Shipman has been selected seven times as one of only eight coaches for the United States Olympic Festival. He is a member of the NCAA Fencing Committee. Two years ago, the Brandeis coaching staff was named as the UAA Staff of the Year.