Academic Advisor

Jacob P. Ripple

Eligibility and Athletic Academic Advisor

Jacob Ripple took over as the Eligibility and Athletic Academic Coordinator at Blinn College in September of 2014. His duties include the supervision of NJCAA eligibility for Buccaneer sports and advising of the student-athletes at Blinn College. 

Prior to coming to Blinn, Ripple was the Assistant Athletic Director at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan. His duties at GCCC were mainly athletic compliance and advising. In addition, he did serve three years as the sports information director and served as the assistant executive director of the Broncbuster Athletic Association.

Ripple coached collegiate women's basketball before moving into administration at Garden City. He coached for 14 years and was a part of many successful teams including an NJCAA Region VI Championship in 2000 at Barton County and two different appearances in the NAIA Division II National Tournament at Sterling College.

Ripple has his bachelor's degree in biology from Sterling College and his master's degree in health and human performance from Ft. Hays State University. He is married to the former Tonja Cassity and they have one daughter Adison.


Athletic Academic Services

Blinn College continues to boast one of the nations’ most successful athletic programs.

This success on the field and court begins with a high quality learning environment, with the college and entire athletic department fully committed to providing the most efficient and effective support for all student-athletes to help them achieve a first class education.

The Bucs’ athletic academic advisor provides academic, educational and personal development support for more than 250 Blinn student-athletes, trainers and managers.

Blinn’s academic services include:

•             Individualized advising with student-athletes

•             Supervised structured study

•             Tutorial assistance

•             Academic performance monitoring

•             Early registration



In addition to the above duties, Artamenko compiles and submits eligibility for the NJCAA and works with compliance officers from NCAA schools in helping student athletes transfer to the next level.


Located in the Academic Building on the Brenham campus, both the Buccaneer Athletic Learning Center and Writing Center are open year-round for the convenience of the student-athletes.

Each center is equipped with state-of-the-art computers and academic resources to assist our student-athletes in their studies.

On average, student-athletes are required to spend 4-5 hours in the academic facilities each week, with tutors on hand at all times to help with any subject.