Steamboat alumni Lane Shipley, at Dartmouth, earns academic nod
November 10, 2010
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Steamboat Springs — When Lane Shipley rolled into fall football camp at Dartmouth College in 2007 on crutches, he couldn't predict what would happen in the next four years.
Shipley, who missed his freshman year season with a knee injury, saw his Big Green go 5-25 during his first three seasons.
But Shipley kept faith and used football as just one key to what has the makings of a promising career off the field.
Shipley, a 2007 Steamboat Springs High School graduate and senior defensive tackle for the Big Green, recently was named to the ESPN Academic All-District I University Division football team. Members of the College Sports Information Directors of America vote on the team.
He was one of 13 Ivy Leaguers named to the all-district team. Shipley is a history major with a 3.48 grade point average and has played in all but two games in the past three seasons.
To be considered for the honor, athletes had to be sophomores or better, have a GPA of 3.3 or higher, and compete in at least 50 percent of the team's games as a starter or reserve.
Shipley now has an opportunity to be named an Academic All-American. That team will be announced Nov. 23.
"Right now, I'm ready to turn that page in my life," Shipley said about football. "This has been great. To leave here with a winning record would be something cool to hang your hat on."
Dartmouth is 5-3 with two games to play. Should the Big Green win one of its last two games, it would be the first time a Dartmouth football team has had a winning record since 1997.
Shipley said he could tell a difference in the team last spring. He said there was more of a sense of team unity, and guys worked hard during summer.
For Shipley, who mostly plays on running downs, that meant adding size and strength to his 6-foot-2 frame.
Shipley bulked up to 280 pounds and said this season has made the previous three worth it.
"I think the biggest part has been the camaraderie with each other," he said. "It's knowing you're in it together, where you have a group of people dedicated not to the team but to each other. With the classes below us, it's been a united mission, regardless of age or playing ability. Kids were saying 'Hey, it's time to put the work.'"
Maybe more impressive than Shipley's work with the football team has been his work in the academic world.
He did an internship with NBC during the 2010 Winter Olympics and another with a hedge fund in Connecticut.
After dabbling with entering the financial world, Shipley realized he wanted his life to include sports.
This winter, he's taking time off to do another internship with a sports marketing and consulting firm in Dallas.
He also helped organize Sports Business at Dartmouth in spring, to help introduce students to the sports business world.
"Lane is one of those athletes you're excited they are still playing a sport you coached them in," said Aaron Finch, who coached Shipley in high school. "I knew he was going to be a contributor for the football team there. But it's more exciting to see what he'll do after school."
Shipley's not sure which direction his career will take after graduation, but he said he is leaning toward something in the sports business world.
"Growing up, it was always sports," Shipley said. "Skiing, football, rodeo, soccer and wrestling. It got me to who I am today."