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Ron Schipper


Ronald Maurice Schipper

Inducted 2000

Date of Birth



Zeeland, MI


Central College (1961-1996)


At the time of his retirement, Ron Schipper had the fourth highest career winning percentage in Division III history at .808. He coached 36 consecutive winning seasons and sustained the winningest college football program in the United States from 1961-96. Under Schipper, Central won 18 conference championships and had ten undefeated seasons. He led the Dutch to 12 national playoff appearances, five NCAA Division III West Region Championships, and in 1974 Central College won the Division III national championship. His 287 career victories ranks second in Division III history and eighth all-time at all levels. In addition to coaching, he held Central's athletic director post from 1964-93. He served as the president of the American Football Coaches Association, chair of the NCAA Division III Football Committee, has conducted clinics overseas, and twice coached a team of all-stars in the Aztec Bowl in Mexico City. He served on various committees including the NCAA Football Television Committee and the NCAA Football Rules Committee.


Wins 287

Losses 67

Ties 3

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