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Long-time Trojan coach thinks Shipley will succeed

August 15, 2013 - Andy Heintz
I had a chance to ask long-time West Marshall football coach Ken Winkler about his former player Aaron Shipley this week after getting the run down on the 2013 Trojans.

Shipley, the first-year Marshalltown football coach, played for Winkler back in the early 2000s on what Winkler called "some good football teams."

"I think he will do a great job," Winkler said of Shipley. "He has a great work ethic. Nobody is going to work harder than he will. He has been around some good programs and he knows how to win."

Shipley takes over for Dave Holdiman this year in Marshalltown and the Bobcats' season kicks off Aug. 30 against Class 3A state-ranked Pella. While Shipley and Winkler have two totally different offensive philosophies, Winkler said he and his former player still chat on a regular basis.

"We've talked fairly often about some things," said Winkler, who begins his 29th season at West Marshall. "But he has his own way of doing things. He'll do a great job, I really think he will."

Winkler said Shipley's Trojans began 7-0 during his senior season in 2005 until injuries to the backfield derailed what could have been a special season. West Marshall finished the regular season 8-1 but lost to Central Decatur in the opening round of the playoffs.


The likely candidate to take over for record-setting quarterback Blake Gimbel is senior Dylan Diveney, who transferred in at the end of the last school year from Clarke. Diveney earned Iowa Newspaper Association all-state third team honors at wide receiver during his junior season at Clarke.

Shipley said the coaching staff could use Diveney in numerous ways but he will play quarterback until he shows the staff that he can't play quarterback.

The Bobcats graduated some elite offensive and defensive players this season. Expect Marshalltown to be competitive but several young players will hopefully see the field, according to Shipley.


I had a chance to check out the Iowa preps preseason football poll last night, and the Bobcats will face five ranked teams this season, according to Luke Feddersen's polls.

Pella begins the season ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, while Dowling Catholic begins the season at No. 1 in 4A. Waukee (6), Ames (8) and Ankeny Centennial (9) also landed in the preseason top 10. The Bobcats travel to Pella, Dowling Catholic and Waukee this year, but will get Ames and the Centennial Jaguars at Leonard Cole Field.

As far as area teams go, West Marshall will begin the season ranked No. 4 in Class 2A.


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