Shannon Kynoch, a local high school standout and four-year college basketball player, returns to Saint Michael's for her third season as an assistant coach with the women's basketball program in 2010-11.
After serving as a volunteer assistant coach in her first year with the program in 2008-09, Kynoch was promoted to the Purple Knights' full-time top assistant position in August of 2009. With her full-time responsibilities, Kynoch will also be part of the Purple Knights' athletic operations team, staffing a number of athletic contests.
"I'm thrilled to have Shannon join our full-time staff," said head coach Jen Niebling. "She was a valuable asset for the team last season (2008-09), and I'm sure she'll add to those contributions this year. She is a terrific mentor for our players and has a keen eye for the nuances of the game. I'm looking forward to an excellent year with her on board."
"I am very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to return to the Saint Michael's community and the women's basketball program as a full-time employee," said Kynoch. "After serving as an assistant in a part-time capacity last season (2008-09), I was able to see the growth and potential that this program has, and I cannot wait to get back to work and see what this season brings."
Kynoch was a four-year member of the women's basketball program at the University of Southern Maine, a perennial NCAA Division III power. As a senior in 2007-08, Kynoch started every game, and led the team in blocks as the squad compiled a 25-4 record. She was a medical redshirt in 2006-07, but was the Huskies' top player off the bench in 2005-06 during the team's 32-2 season, a year in which the squad advanced to the Division III championship game. She appeared in 30 games as USM made the "Final Four", going 31-3 in 2004-05, and also played in 24 games as a first-year during the Huskies' 29-2 campaign in 2003-04.
Kynoch had a standout basketball career at nearby South Burlington High School. She was a two-year captain, and three times made the Burlington Free Press All-State team (Second Team as a senior, Third Team as a junior, and Honorable Mention as a sophomore). A McDonald's All-American nominee, Kynoch also was named to the Vermont Basketball Coaches' Association Dream Team Dozen Underclassmen as a junior. She represented Vermont in the Twin State Basketball game as a senior, and also earned First Team All-Metro League honors.
While serving as a part-time coach at Saint Michael's in 2008-09, Kynoch was a para-educator at her alma mater, South Burlington High School (SBHS). She served as an assistant coach for the SBHS varsity softball team in 2009, and also has served as an assistant coach for the SBHS Unified Sports Special Olympics program.