Shippensburg University mourns loss of longtime football coach Rocky Rees

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Shippensburg University is mourning the loss of former head football coach Rocky Rees, who passed away after a short battle with cancer.

Rees coached at Shippensburg for 21 seasons from 1990-2010, guiding the Raiders to three NCAA Tournament appearances and earning four PSAC coach of the year awards. 

He is the winningest coach for Shippensburg football with 123 victories.

“I am leaving the football office but I will never really leave Ship,” Rees said at his 2010 retirement ceremony. “My wife Patti is buried here and my daughter Meghan is a graduate. Many of my fondest memories are linked to Shippensburg University and the people who make this a special place. It is my home. I will miss the close relationship I have with the coaches, players, trainers and team physicians, but it is time to turn the page in my life and read the next chapter.”

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