BALLINGER – Coach Chuck Lipsey is not concerned about the past, but he is excited about the future of athletics at Ballinger ISD.

BALLINGER – Coach Chuck Lipsey is not concerned about the past, but he is excited about the future of athletics at Ballinger ISD.

“I want to develop a program that is the best in West Texas,” Lipsey said Friday.

The Ballinger ISD board of trustees approved the hiring of Lipsey as the district’s athletic director and head coach at a special called meeting Wednesday, May 3. Lipsey started the job officially on Monday, but was on campus Friday, meeting with district officials and students. Lipsey signed a two-year contract.

Lipsey is coming to Ballinger after a two-year stint in Brady, where he was 11-11 with a couple of playoff appearances, the Standard Times reported.

Lipsey fills the position left vacant after Coach David Jones resigned Thursday, April 13. Jones replaced Justin Wiley in 2015 and posted a two year record of 9-12 including two playoff appearances.

Lipsey served as head coach at Bangs ISD for seven seasons before heading to Brady to coach the Bulldogs in 2015.

Lipsey, a graduate of Mason High School and Angelo State University, went 6-5 in his first season as a head coach with Winters in 2001. The next season, he led the Blizzards to a 12-3 record and a trip to the state semifinals.

Lipsey was hired as an assistant coach in Winters in 1990, where he worked alongside Ballinger ISD superintendent and then-fellow coach, Jeff Butts.

Butts said the community and the district is very excited about Lipsey becoming the new AD.

“We hated to see Coach (David) Jones leave, but we are very excited about Coach Lipsey being here,” Butts said Friday. “We are excited about the successful experience he brings, his high character and the fact that he holds the kids to a high standard, both on the playing field and in the classroom.”

After leaving Winters ISD, Lipsey accepted a job at Whitewright in 2003 and promptly led that school to the state quarterfinals his first season there.

He then spent seven years at Bangs and made the playoffs six times, compiling a 51-30 record, the Standard Times reported.

In 16 years, Lipsey has built an overall record of 123-65.

Lipsey spent Friday meeting the student athletes at the junior high and the high school. He stressed that his message was one of encouragement stressing the importance of athletics as well as academics.

“I’m not concerned about the past,” Lipsey said. “If there are problems, we need to fix them as quickly as possible. We need to be efficient.”

Lipsey will get right in to the swing, with 7 on 7 football coming up very soon.

“We’ve got a good group coming up,” he said. “I want the juniors and seniors to be successful.”

But overall, Lipsey said the AD position in Ballinger, has brought him full circle, back to Runnels County. He said he has no plans to leave and wants to make Ballinger his last stop.

He said his wife Kelly, who is an educator in Brady, will finish out the year and will then move to Ballinger. His daughter Chelsea Lipsey is a coach at BHS and his youngest daughter Charly is currently a studying at Angelo State University.

“I have been blessed in four schools in 27 years,” Lipsey said. “It is amazing how the good Lord has moved me around – it is truly full circle.”