Friday, January 20, 2017

Howie Shannon

Howard Payne Shannon

June 10, 1923
Manhattan, KS

August 16, 1995
Plano, TX

1942-43 North Texas State University (College)
1946-47 Denver Continental Airlines (AAU)
1947-48 Kansas State (College)
1948-49 Providence Steamrollers (BAA)
1949-50 Boston Celtics (BAA)
1950-51 Topeka High School (High School) Head coach
1951-52 Topeka High School (High School) Head coach
1952-53 Topeka High School (High School) Head coach
1953-54 Topeka High School (High School) Head coach
1954-55 Kansas State (College) Assistant coach
1955-56 Kansas State (College) Assistant coach
1956-57 Kansas State (College) Assistant coach
1957-58 Kansas State (College) Assistant coach
1958-59 Kansas State (College) Assistant coach
1959-60 Kansas State (College) Assistant coach
1960-61 Kansas State (College) Assistant coach
1961-62 Kansas State (College) Assistant coach
1962-63 Kansas State (College) Assistant coach
1963-64 Kansas State (College) Assistant coach
1964-65 Virginia Tech (College) Head coach
1965-66 Virginia Tech (College) Head coach
1966-67 Virginia Tech (College) Head coach
1967-68 Virginia Tech (College) Head coach
1968-69 Virginia Tech (College) Head coach
1969-70 Virginia Tech (College) Head coach

Born to Joseph and Sarah Shannon in Kansas, Howie went to North Texas before serving during World War 2. Set to return to the North Texas team in 1946, he quit school that October to play for pay with the Denver Continental team. He went to KSU after and the played in the BAA with Providence and Celtics before taking a coaching and teaching job at Topeka HS. After four years there, he was brought on as an assistant coach at Kansas State, where he stayed until landing the head coaching gig at Virginia Tech. Shannon lead the Hokies into the regional finals in 1967 (aka in the Elite 8) the season after a NIT birth, and stayed as coach at VT until stepping down in 1970. He died of lung cancer in 1995.

He was married to Patricia.

Lawrence Journal World, March 23, 1954
Free Lance-Star, April 13, 1964
Herald Journal, March 31, 1971


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