Colt McCoy is best known for his success as a quarterback for the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns based in Austin, Texas. In fact, his success as a college quarterback was so prolific that he achieved benchmarks never before achieved by anyone, including setting the all-time record for the most wins by a quarterback with a total of 45 in a four-year career.
The main reasons for Colt’s success are his father Brad McCoy, who played at UT in his youth and coached Colt in high school and Jordan Shipley, who in addition to being a good friend and former roommate of Colt was also his favorite catcher for the four years the two played together in college. Interestingly, there is a link between Brad McCoy and Jordan Shipley that eludes Colt entirely.
Jordan Shipley has a father named Bob Shipley who served as his son’s high school football coach, the record wide receiver for a small town in central Texas with a population of 1,600. Bob Shipley played soccer at the University of Texas when he was a younger man and during that time was a teammate, friend, and even roommate with Brad McCoy, the man who would eventually become Colt McCoy’s father.
Jordan Shipley and Colt McCoy were born less than a year apart in the mid-1980s and grew up in small towns in central Texas that are located about an hour and a half apart on opposite sides of the small town of Abilene in Texas. Jordan grew up in Rotan, TX (population 1,611) while Colt grew up in Tuscola, TX (population 714) 80 miles south of Rotan.
Interestingly, both Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley had parents who served as high school football coaches in their respective schools and the two outstanding players played complementary offensive positions with Colt as a quarterback and Shipley as a wide receiver. Both players became nationally renowned soccer stars while playing college football together in Austin, Texas, which is just a little over 200 miles south of where the two boys grew up.
The relationship that Bob Shipley and Brad McCoy formed decades earlier came full circle when their two sons followed in their footsteps and became not only contributing players for the University of Texas Longhorns football program, but more importantly, good friends. The bond between the McCoy and Shipley families is unique and filled with shared experiences that will likely continue throughout life and possibly into future generations.