Albert Gipp, Jr., originally from Ft. Yates, North Dakota, is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Mr. Gipp earned his bachelors degree from Augustana College in Health and Physical Education and has over thirty hours of master's level course work in community health from the University of Kansas. He has over twenty-five years of experience in classroom teaching. He currently serves as the head coach for the men's and women's cross country team and coordinates activities for the Jim Thorpe Fitness Center.
Coach Gipp's philosophy is to guide the student-athlete to reach their fullest potential through encouragement and creating a sound environment to flourish. Coach Gipp's success at Haskell is marked by the success of his student-athletes. Coach Gipp's 2009 Men's Cross Country team earned the first MCAC Championship for the university. Coach Gipp also coached the 1987 team which won the National NJCAA Marathon Championship. His proudest moments are seeing his students reach their goals on and off the course, particularly in earning their degree from Haskell.
In addition, Coach Gipp also teaches the following classes: Jogging/Basketball, Body Weight Control, Fitness for Life, Personal and Community Health, and Special Weight Training for Men and Women. He also teaches a section of the freshmen orientation class known as Vision Quest. This course is an introductory course required for all college freshmen.
During his spare time, he enjoys attending and participating in powwows, running, photography, and being with his family and grandchildren.