|College:||Southern Maine '08|
Following five seasons as an assistant coach with the Saint Michael's College women's basketball program, Shannon Kynoch was appointed the sixth head coach in program history on May 2, 2012.
Kynoch held a role as a part-time assistant coach in 2008-09 before being promoted to the full-time, first assistant position in August 2009. She has been heavily responsible for the daily operations of the program during her tenure, from serving as the recruiting coordinator and summer camp director to scouting opponents and creating game and practice plans. In her role with the program, Kynoch has been integral in alumni communication, fundraising and community outreach.
Since Kynoch joined the program, the Purple Knights have posted at least a dozen victories on three occasions, and qualified for the highly competitive NE-10 Championship twice. In 2010-11, Saint Michael's earned its first postseason victory in 19 seasons and set a program mark with 13 league wins.
Kynoch graduated from the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in 2012 and has sharpened her leadership skills at the Nike Championship Basketball Clinic (2010) and Point Guard College (2011). An adviser within the College's Purple Knight Leadership Academy since 2011, Kynoch has also held a role within the department's athletic operations team since 2009. In addition to serving as the part-time coach in 2008-09, Kynoch was a para-educator at her alma mater, South Burlington High School. She served as an assistant coach for the South Burlington High varsity softball team in 2009, and also has served as an assistant coach for the South Burlington High School Unified Sports Special Olympics program.
Kynoch is in the midst of pursuing her master's degree in education from the College, working through the School Leadership program. A 2008 undergraduate of the University of Southern Maine, Kynoch majored in social work while playing four years for the Division III powerhouse. She was a four-year member of Southern Maine's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), serving as president for her final two years, when she was also the school's representative to the Little East Conference's (LEC) SAAC. Kynoch earned the Husky Achievement Award, Paula D. Hodgdon Leadership Award, USM Outstanding Student Leader Award and William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Award during her career.
In five seasons with the Huskies, which included a medical redshirt year, Kynoch helped Southern Maine go 144-14 overall and 68-2 in LEC play, winning five regular-season crowns and four postseason championships while making five NCAA Tournament appearances. A captain in 2006-07, Kynoch's squad was the national runner-up in 2005-06 after also making a Final Four run in 2004-05. She compiled 706 points, 482 rebounds and 101 blocks in 117 career games.
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. A McDonald's All-America nominee, Kynoch was also named among the Vermont Basketball Coaches' Association (VBCA) Dream Team Dozen Underclassmen as a junior. She represented Vermont in the Twin State basketball game as a senior, and also earned All-Metro League first team honors.