Bill Shipman came to Brandeis in 1981 as the head coach of both men's and women's fencing and has continued the long tradition of fencing excellence at Brandeis. His men's team won the 1989 University Athletic Association championship and finished runner-up six times. His women's team has won four UAA titles, including the three straight from 1993-95, and finished runner-up twice. Since 2013, the Judges have won at least one New England or Northeast Fencing Conference crown, and in 2017 he earned Northeast Fencing Conference Coach of the Year honors for the fourth year running.
Prior to his arrival here, Shipman served as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 1978-1981. He has a bachelor of arts in education with a major in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a masters degree in Recreation and Parks Administation from Clemson University.
Shipman has been selected seven times as a coach for the United States Olympic Festival, one of only eight selected each year. He served on the NCAA Fencing Committee from 1996-99. The Brandeis coaching staff was named as the UAA Staff of the Year several times.
Shipman was honored as the United States Fencing Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1994, the first year Brandeis hosted the NCAA Fencing championships and one of his women fencers, Kristin Foellmer, won All-American honors by finishing third in the foil.
In 1999, Shipman served as chair of the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Committee as Brandeis served as host school for the second time. One of his fencers, Tim Morehouse '00 earned All-American honors by finishing fourth in the men's sabre that year. Morehouse went on to become the first Brandeisian in University history to qualify for the Olympic Games, traveling to Beijing in 2008, where he helped the saber squad to the silver medal, and returning to the London Games in 2012. Morehouse is now known as America's "Face of Fencing".
Shipman is an accredited fencing master, who coaches at the Boston Fencing Club in addition to his duties at Brandeis.