Fans of Western Michigan University women’s basketball will see a new face on the bench this season as Shane Clipfell has been hired to be the new head coach.
Clipfell, hired in April, has experience coaching in the Mid-American Conference and thus has been to Kalamazoo several times. He therefore was not surprised to develop a positive relationship with his new school and town, and feels warmly received.
“Bricks and mortar are bricks and mortar, it’s the people that make the difference,” said Clipfell.
Clipfell most recently was an associate head coach with the Michigan State University women’s basketball team. Before that he spent time coaching at Eastern Michigan University and says that it is all the relationships built within the Michigan basketball community that will be his biggest asset when it comes to things like recruiting.
Graduating from Eastern Michigan as recently as 2006, Clipfell says that while it was a challenge to go to school and coach professionally it also allowed him to have personal insights into the difficulties faced by his student-athletes on a daily basis. This is something that sets him apart from other coaches and Clipfell believes he has been able to use it to his advantage.
Previous coaching experience within the same conference as WMU might have been more of an advantage to the new head coach any other year. However, according to Clipfell with half of the schools within the MAC also getting new head coaches, the conference will be much less predictable this year.
Any ladies interested in joining the team will be glad to know that Clipfell and his staff will be holding open tryouts later this week. For more information on the tryouts visit wmubroncos.com.