Josh Shipman came to KU to pursue his PhD after graduating from Truman State University. Josh already had experience on the pitch as he had played rugby at TSU under the tutelage of legendary coach Bill Sexton. Not only did he play for Bill, he was able to play against his alma mater as well when KU took on TSU in league play. Josh has accomplished a lot during his time in Lawrence in the classroom/laboratory, and on and off of the field. He has received his PhD and married the love of his life, Sarah(they both went on tour to New Zealand in '17). He plays hooker and loose forward and is a tireless worker on the field. Josh leads from the front and his positive attitude, work rate, and efficiency at the breakdown separate him from most players. Josh tore ligaments in his knee early on in the fall before games had started and missed the entire fall and spring season but didn't let that keep him from showing up to training sessions, games, and socials. He underwent surgery to repair his damaged knee and went through the arduous task of rehabilitation, which he often did on the sideline during trainings. He is now jogging in straight lines and working on his lateral movement. The coaching staff and his teammates hold the utmost respect for Josh as a senior player and as an overall good dude. If something needed to be done, he did it or organized people to do it. He's loyal, he's smart, he's passionate about what he does, and he makes a mean chili. What's not to like about that? We asked Josh some questions about his time with KJRFC and here are his responses.
What plans do you have after graduation?
"I'm currently seeking a research position in the pharmaceutical industry."
What did you like about the rugby club?
"The grounds at Westwick and being able to go out on a Saturday and spend the whole day at the fields and with my 30 year old son, Tim Fredrickson(KJRFC social chair)."
What is your fondest memory with KJRFC?
"Going on tour in New Zealand and scoring a try off of a maul against Paramata-Plimmerton."
What would you tell incoming players about the club?
"You are extremely fortunate to have the infrastructure and support around you that this club offers. Learn how to organize your time so that you can commit and take advantage of it."
Are you playing rugby after graduation?
"Yes, as soon as I can run sideways again."
Josh, we were fortunate to have you be a part of the club. You are an awesome human being and KJRFC wishes you and Sarah the best in what comes next for you. Rock Chalk!
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