Coach Shannon is in her first year of coaching for FC Westlake. As a middle school teacher in AISD, Shannon spent many years on the field coaching both the boys' and girls' school teams. After her daughter started activities of their own Shannon took a break from coaching. She now rejoins the coaching ranks to coach her daughters.
Shannon grew up playing soccer in Southern California for NHBFC. She played with the same core group of girls from 6th grade to her freshmen year of college. The friendships, camaraderie, and sense of team the girls developed through soccer led them to six state championships, three regional championships, and a nation title at U19, and University scholarships across the United States.
In college Shannon played on scholarship at both San Diego State University and the University of Texas at Austin, transferring the UT as a junior because she believed it to be her one opportunity to live somewhere other than SoCal. Fast forward a few years and this CA native has found herself a wonderful home in Austin, with a supportive and loving family, and Shannon is very much looking forward to bringing her players the love of a sport she found when she was a young girl.
We asked Shannon a few questions to help find out a bit more about her:
What is your favorite food?
Ummm...anything that comes from a local Austin restaurant.
Who is your favorite team?
Why the Longhorns, of course!
Who is your favorite player?
Julie Johnston (defenders rule!)
What is your favorite thing to do other than play and coach soccer?
Run and hang out with my family.
Where did you grow up?
Huntington Beach, CA
What was your primary position as a soccer player?
Outside midfielder growing up and then defender in college--I could run and run and run : )