Beginning his fifth season as the Director of Football Operations is Iowa native Colin Shillinglaw. Shillinglaw oversees every aspect of the Cougar football program, including team travel, academics, departmental budget, personnel, game day operations, as well as serving as a liaison to the UH Athletics Department senior staff.
Shillinglaw is no stranger to UH head coach Art Briles, as their association and friendship go back to their days as colleagues at Stephenville High School. Shillinglaw arrived on the UH campus in 2003 after almost 15 years working for the Stephenville Independent School District.
Shillinglaw started in Stephenville in 1988, and served 12 seasons as the Head Athletics Trainer. In that role, Shillinglaw was a big reason for the success of Stephenville High School, having been a vital part in four 4A state championships.
In 2001, Shillinglaw was promoted to assistant athletics director/head athletic trainer for Stephenville ISD. As Assistant A.D., Shillinglaw assisted the director of athletics in all activities of the athletics department and was directly responsible for the all expenditures of the department. He also coordinated travel for all teams, assisted in eligibility forms for the UIL, attended District meetings and worked with the director of athletics on personnel interviews and subsequent hirings. He was the liaison between SISD and Tarleton State University, a NCAA Division II school in Stephenville.
Prior to his arrival in Stephenville, Shillinglaw spent two years at Columbus High School in Waterloo, Iowa, where he served as assistant wrestling coach for the freshman team and assistant softball coach for the junior varsity squad.
Shillinglaw graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1987, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education. He later earned his master's degree in sports health from Texas Tech in 1988, which was sandwiched between his stint at Columbus High School and his tenure at Stephenville ISD.
Shillinglaw is married to the former Donna Acker, and the couple has two children: daughter Kaylin, who is 14, and son Matthew, who is 10. Shillinglaw is a member of the American Football Coaches Association, Texas High School Coaches Association, National Athletic Trainers Association and Southwest Athletic Trainers Association.