Bob Shoup Named to NAIA Hall of Fame

Former CLU football coach Bob Shoup, H’93, was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) 2008-09 Hall of Fame in January. The honor is the highest bestowed by the NAIA. Individuals inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame must be persons of outstanding quality, high moral character and fine leadership ability, and must be held in high esteem by their colleagues, former coaches and former athletes. The following is an excerpt from a news release announcing the inductees:

Being a leader in the community and in college shaped Robert Shoup’s career focus. As a standout student-athlete (football and baseball) at the University of California Santa Barbara, Shoup’s success in athletics led him to the coaching profession. In his time as head football coach at California Lutheran University (CLU) (1962-1989), Shoup amassed 184 wins and a .662 winning percentage. Twenty-one of his 28 seasons as head football coach were winning seasons at CLU. Shoup was voted NAIA District 3 Coach of the Year nine consecutive years and was named the NAIA Western Coach of the Year three times. Under Shoup’s direction, CLU made five playoff appearances (1971, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1982) and in 1971 he led Cal Lutheran football to the NAIA Division II National Championship. In 1968 he earned the NAIA National Award of Merit and in 1971 was named NAIA Coach of the Year. Shoup collected an incredible 14 NAIA District 3 titles in 17 years and led his team to either an NAIA Division II National Finalist or Quarter Finalist on four occasions. Shoup’s football teams were listed in the top 10 winningest football teams over the last 50 years with a 182-81-6 record. Shoup provided leadership not only by coaching and building a championship football program but also by building a championship CLU athletic department that has carried over for generations past and present.

Shoup (pictured, left, with 2009 Hall of Fame banquet chair Bill Ramseyer) was introduced by his son, Rick Shoup ’81, M.A. ’91 and ’98, at the induction ceremony held during the American Football Coaches annual convention in Nashville, Tenn. Approximately 20 CLU alumni who played for Coach Shoup attended the ceremony.

Thirty-eight years after leading the 1971 team to the national championship, the 76-year-old hall of famer is still coaching. He works as an assistant at Carlsbad (Calif.) High School alongside head coach Bob McAllister ’76, T.C. ’77, one of 186 former Shoup players who followed in his footsteps and became coaches

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