Central Washington University head football coach Ian Shoemaker, seen here talking to his team after the first day of fall camp on Aug. 6, has left Central to take the position of offensive coordinator at Eastern Washington University.

Central Washington University head football coach Ian Shoemaker has accepted a position at FCS Division I Eastern Washington to be its next offensive coordinator.

CWU offensive coordinator Christopher Fisk will assume head coach duties, effective immediately.

In Shoemaker’s five-year tenure, he led the Wildcats to a 38-13 record, along with back-to-back Great Northwest Conference Championships. Central has averaged 37.3 points per game and 447.3 yards of total offense.

“We never like to lose good coaches and especially coaches who have been instrumental in developing a championship culture like Coach Shoemaker has during his five years as our head football coach,” CWU Director of Athletics Dennis Francois told CWU Athletics. “However, I understand and respect his decision to challenge himself professionally at the next level, and wish him nothing but success.”

CWU reached the NCAA Division II Super Region 4 playoffs in the 2017 campaign, going 11-1 with an 8-0 GNAC record.

Shoemaker was selected as the 2017 Don Hansen Super Region 3 Coach of the Year, GNAC Coach of the year, and had seven players on all-region squads.

He will replace Bodie Reeder, who became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at University of North Texas.

“We are very fortunate and excited to bring a coach of Ian’s caliber into our program,” head coach Aaron Best told EWU Athletics. “He has a proven track record at multiple levels of football and we are privileged to get him on board this late in the game. His Washington roots, head coaching experience, and entire knowledge of the game are all great additions to our program, and allows us to continue to advance the standard.”

Under Shoemaker’s direction, Central had eight All-Americans — defensive back Isaiah Davis (2014), defensive lineman Tovar Sanchez (2014), wide out and returner Jesse Zalk (2015), linebacker Kevin Haynes (2016,2017), tight end Kyle Self (2017), defensive back Tyler Hasty (2017), offensive lineman James Moore (2017, 2018), and defensive lineman Bo Banner (2017).

In 2018, CWU finished fourth in Division II scoring (47.4) and second in total offense (540.9). He had two 1,000 yard rushers (Michael Roots and Cedric Cooper) and a total of 11 players earn first team All-GNAC accolades.

Shoemaker’s quarterback Reilly Hennessey was a former Eagle, playing two years in Cheney before transferring to CWU where he thrived. Hennessey was also unanimous first team All-GNAC, along with GNAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2018, throwing for 2,705 yards and 21 touchdowns. The senior added another 477 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.

In 2017, he was GNAC Newcomer of the Year and first team All-GNAC selection.

“I have loved my time at Central Washington University,” Shoemaker told CWU Athletics. “I want to thank our donors, President [Jim] Gaudino, Dennis Francois, [Vice President for University Advancement] Scott Wade, and the CWU administration for their love and support the last five seasons. The strides we made as a program are not possible without their continued support and commitment.

“I especially want to thank our players. This opportunity would not be possible without their dedication, hard work, and performance. I’m proud of how the program has grown the last five years and what we were able to accomplish on and off the field. I look forward to watching the continued growth of the Wildcat football program.

“I am confident the leadership, administration, and the coaching staff will sustain and continue to elevate the culture and development of the Wildcat brotherhood.”

Shoemaker graduated from Orting High School, then was a four year-starter at The Grinnell College (Iowa) in both football and baseball, and earned a degree in psychology.

After Grinnell, Shoemaker continued his studies in sport psychology at Western Washington University. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Vikings from 1997-99, coaching the tight ends and running backs.

Shoemaker then went to University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan., as the offensive coordinator. From 2000-2003, he was the passing game coordinator at Minot State University in North Dakota.

Shoemaker’s first NCAA coaching job was as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Kenyon College in Gambier (Ohio) for three seasons, followed by a two-year stint as offensive coordinator at Baldwin Wallace College (Ohio) from 2006-08. Prior to coming to Central, Shoemaker was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at St. Cloud St. University in Minnesota.

Shoemaker’s brother, Javid, played safety for Eastern Washington from 2001-04.

“I am very excited to be coming to EWU as offensive coordinator,” Shoemaker told EWU Athletics. “From growing up in the state of Washington to having a younger brother play for the Eagles (Javid Shoemaker), I have always considered EWU as an elite university and football program. I am so proud that Coach Best trusts me to do this job and look forward to working with the great coaching staff and players already in Cheney.”


Fisk joined the Wildcat football program in spring 2016 as offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator.

In his first season, the Wildcat offense jumped nearly 50 spots in the national rankings in total offense, averaging 433.1 yards per game.

In 2017, the CWU offensive line was regarded among the best in the nation, giving up just 14 sacks on the season and produced the nations 11th best rushing offense, which was a 100 spot improvement from 2015. Offensive lineman James Moore and Nicholas Streubel were named first-team all-GNAC under Fisk, with both being named D2CCA First-Team All-West Region honors, with Moore advancing to be named a D2CCA All-American.

Moore this past season was GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year, unanimous All-GNAC First Team selection, and American Football Coaches Association All-American First Team. He didn’t allow a sack in 2018.

Prior to CWU, Fisk coached at Southern Oregon from 2011-2015, where he served as the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

During SOU’s championship run in 2014, Fisk’s offense ranked first in the nation with 5,745 passing yards and was second in the nation with a 48-percent conversion rate on third down. SOU set school records for total offense, passing offense and scoring.

Fisk had a nine-year stint at NCAA Division II University of Mary. In his first five years he was the offensive line coach and the final four as the offensive coordinator.

Fisk is from Pocatello, Idaho and played collegiately at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota and Southwestern College in Kansas.


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