Burton Shipley
Shipley as an undergraduate of the Maryland Agricultural College in 1914
Biographical details
Born(1890-01-17)January 17, 1890
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
DiedFebruary 22, 1976(1976-02-22) (aged 86)
Washington, D. C.
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1923–1926?Maryland (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall6–17–3 (football)
288–237 (basketball)
399–333–10 (baseball)

Howard Burton Shipley (January 17, 1890 – February 22, 1976) was a multi-sport athlete and coach for the Maryland Terrapins at the University of Maryland. He is probably most remembered as the first and long-time head coach of the men's basketball team. He also coached the Maryland baseball team.

Shipley graduated from the Maryland Agricultural College (now the University of Maryland) in 1914. While there, he played basketball, baseball, and football as a quarterback. In 1923, he became the head coach for the Maryland basketball team, a position in which he served until 1947. During his tenure, he compiled a 243–199 record.

In 1917, Shipley served as the head football coach at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.[1] In December 1918, he was appointed athletic director and coach of football, basketball, and baseball at Delaware College—now known as the University of Delaware.[2]

Also in 1923, Shipley was hired as an assistant coach for the football team under legendary Maryland head coach Curley Byrd. Shipley also coached the baseball team from 1924 to 1960.

Shipley Field, where the school's baseball team plays its home games, is named after him. In 1982, Shipley was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame.[3]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Marshall Thundering Herd (Independent) (1917)
1917 Marshall 1–7–1
Marshall: 1–7–1
Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (Independent) (1919–1920)
1919 Delaware 2–5–1
1920 Delaware 3–5–1
Delaware: 5–10–2
Total: 6–17–3


  1. ^ "Mirabilia 1918". Marshall University. 1918. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "Delaware College Secures New Coach—Lt. H. B. Shipley, Graduate of Maryland State, to Direct Athletics—Will Assume His Duties January 3". The Evening Journal. Wilmington, Delaware. December 18, 1918. p. 18. Retrieved March 5, 2019 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  3. ^ University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame: All-Time Inductees Archived July 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, University of Maryland, retrieved June 12, 2009.