PENSACOLA−University of West Florida coach Pete Shinnick is leaving to take a head coaching job at Towson, a day after UWF's semifinal loss to Ferris State. Shinnick lead the team to a 12-2 record this season and they won a share of the Gulf South Conference for consecutive seasons.
West Florida started the football program in 2016 and Shinnick has been their only head coach in school history. He's lead them to three Division II semifinal appearances, two national title game appearances, and the 2019 Division II National Championship.
Shinnick has a 56-21 record at West Florida and went over 150 career wins as a head coach earlier this season.
Towson is a Division I FCS team that plays in the Colonial Athletic Association conference. They finished the season 6-5 and 4-4 in their conference.
This will be Shinnick's fourth stop in his successful coaching career, which includes a 50-24 record in seven seasons at UNC Pembroke from 2007-13, and 53-22 in seven seasons at Azusa Pacific from 1999-2005.
Greg Hollis is a sports reporter for the Pensacola News Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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