BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team will enter the 2014 season with a new offensive coordinator after head coach Pete Fredenburg announced the promotion of Cody Fredenburg to that position on Monday. Cody Fredenburg will replace Jeff Shinn as offensive coordinator after Shinn resigned to accept a coaching position at Smithson Valley High School.
Cody Fredenburg moves into the offensive coordinator role after spending the previous two years working with the Cru’s quarterbacks and offensive game-planning. He is a 2004 graduate of UMHB and was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Cru. Cody Fredenburg was a Gagliardi Trophy finalist in 2003 and also earned American Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors that season. He has also been an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin, Southern Mississippi and Oklahoma State University. Cody Fredenburg was a student assistant coach for UMHB when the Cru advanced to the Stagg Bowl in 2004 and he earned a Master’s Degree from Southern Mississippi University in 2009.
“It is a bittersweet feeling for me because we are losing someone like Jeff Shinn, who is not only a great person and great football coach, but a very close personal friend,” Cody Fredenburg said. “But on the other side, it is a great opportunity for me and I am really excited about the possibilities. We have a great system in place and I’m looking forward to moving ahead and growing with some of the things we added this spring. So, right now, I have that excitement, but with a little bit of sadness mixed in.”
Shinn leaves UMHB after spending the last 16 years with the Cru football program. He spent two years as offensive coordinator and 12 total seasons as an assistant coach after a standout four-year playing career for the Cru. Shinn was one of the first recruits in the program’s history, scored the first touchdown in UMHB football history and spent four years as a starting fullback. He graduated in 2003 and earned his Master’s Degree from UMHB in 2005. Shinn is also a graduate of Smithson Valley High School and will join the coaching staff at his alma mater as an assistant coach under long-time head coach Larry Hill.
“Obviously, I am thrilled that we have someone the caliber of Cody and with his credentials to move into that spot and I know he will do a great job,” Pete Fredenburg said. “We hate to lose Jeff because of his relationship with this program and his bond with our players and coaches. He has had a major role in all of our success. This is something he really wanted to do for his family and we wish him the best. We are excited for Jeff to have this opportunity, but I am also excited that we will be moving forward with Cody at offensive coordinator.”
The Cru went 13-1 last season and won its 11th ASC title with a 6-0 league mark. UMHB advanced to the Semifinals of the NCAA Division III National Championships before falling to eventual national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Cru ranked among the national leaders in scoring offense, total offense and rushing offense last season.