Shipley, a native of Glasgow, Kentucky, graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1984. He holds a master's degree in education from Northern Illinois University and a master's degree in national security and strategic studies, with distinction, from the United States Naval War College. Shipley also graduated, with distinction, from the College of Naval Command and Staff.
Shipley began his athletic training career in 1985 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Northern Illinois University where he provided care for the soccer and wrestling programs. In 1989 he was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy to become the first certified Athletic Trainer at the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, Rhode Island. While at NAPS, Shipley developed the entire program from scratch including developing and equipping the athletic training room, designing and implementing protocols and policies and procedures for coverage of all athletic programs and the entire battalion of Midshipman Candidates.
Shipley currently serves as a Commander in the United States Navy's Reserve Component where he serves with a reserve unit that supports the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Supreme Allied Command for Transformation.
Shipley is married to the former Michele Everett and they reside in Annapolis, Maryland with their two daughters Annie Grace and Emily Elizabeth.
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