Arkansas Tech thought it had its head coaching position squared away in December, when the school hired Bo Atterberry away from Southeastern Oklahoma State, his alma mater.
But now, three months later, Arkansas Tech has named another new head coach.
The Division II school in Russellville, Ark., has announced that Atterberry has stepped down, citing health reasons, and promoted offensive coordinator Kyle Shipp to head coach.
"We appreciate the effort and enthusiasm that coach Atterberry brought to our program," AD Steve Mullins said. "We wish him nothing but the best. We are excited and looking forward to Coach Shipp as our next head football coach."
A former Wonder Boy player, student assistant and graduate assistant, Shipp spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Arkansas State and the past five as offensive coordinator at Arkansas-Monticello. Atterberry hired Shipp away from UAM to join his Arkansas Tech earlier this year.
Shipp's 2018 UAM offense averaged just shy of 400 yards per game. The Boll Weevils posted 360 yards in a 34-16 win over Arkansas Tech on Oct. 6 of last season.
"I want to thank Coach Mullins and (President) Dr. Robin Bowen for their belief in me," Shipp said. "This is truly one of the top Division II programs in the country, and as an alumnus and a former player, this means the world to me. Leading this program is a big responsibility, and I do not take that lightly."
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