On July 24, Brynan Shipley becomes the new Athletic Director for the Ridgefield School District.
“I am excited for the opportunity to build upon the already strong Spudder traditions,” Shipley said in an announcement from the district. “I plan to promote excellence in activities and academics, while helping all students develop the character and lifetime values that premier extracurriculars and education provide. I look forward to working with the community to embrace growth while also preserving the small-town feel that makes Ridgefield such a special place.”
Shipley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development/Psychology from Washington State University and a Masters in Teaching Certificate from Concordia University. Her career in the Kalama School District spans nine years – eight as the head coach of the girls basketball team at Kalama High School, four years as a teacher at Kalama Middle School and three years as Athletic Director.
Under Shipley’s leadership, Kalama High School clinched three team state championships – in volleyball (2016), football (2017) and boys track and field (2018). Recently, Shipley was named 2018 District Central 2B Athletic Director of the Year.
“We are excited to welcome Brynan to the district,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District Superintendent. “Her commitment to developing academic and athletic excellence for student athletes and her vision for advancing spirit and community in athletics in Ridgefield aligns well with the district’s pursuit of premier.”
Shipley is a Vancouver native. She graduated from Evergreen High School in 1997. Her daughter, Kaelyn, 19, lives in Tucson and throws the javelin for the University of Arizona’s track and field team. Her son, Brody, 8, will attend third grade in Ridgefield. The Shipley’s love the outdoors, playing sports, going hiking, spending time on the river and visiting the beaches.