Ballinger head football coach Chuck Lipsey retires after 21 seasons

Paul Harris
San Angelo Standard-Times
Ballinger coach Chuck Lipsey talks to his players about enjoying the win but looking toward the playoffs after Friday's 21-13 win at Clyde. Sept 17 2021

Ballinger High School athletic director and head football coach Chuck Lipsey has announced his retirement.

Lipsey recently completed his 21st year of coaching — most of them spent in this area — and led Ballinger to a 6-5 record last season that was highlighted by a first-round playoff upset of district champion Crane.

Lipsey compiled a record of 157-88 during a career that also included stops at Winters, Whitewright, Bangs and Brady.

He missed the playoffs only one time in 21 years.

Coach Chuck Lipsey directs Ballinger's practice 10-18-17

A graduate of Mason High School and Angelo State University, Lipsey's head coaching career began in Winters, where he led the Blizzards to a 12-3 record and a trip to the state semifinals in 2002.

Lipsey then accepted a job at Whitewright in 2003 and led that school to the state quarterfinals his first season there.

In five seasons at Whitewright, Lipsey went 43-16 and made the playoffs every season to go with three district titles.

Ballinger football coach Chuck Lipsey

He then spent seven years at Bangs and made the playoffs six times, compiling a 51-30 record. Lipsey was 11-11 in two years at Brady and reached the playoffs both times.

He was 34-22 in five years at Ballinger. In 2020, he led the Bearcats to their winningest season in 25 years with a 10-2 mark.

Tyler Vaughn and Ballinger head football coach Chuck Lipsey show the Howard Payne University "Sting 'em" sign during a signing ceremony Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at Ballinger High School.