ATH: Hall of Fame Inductee Spotlight - Doug Shanahan
Courtesy: Hofstra Athletic Communications
Hempstead, NY - Each week, leading up to the 2013 Hall of Fame Dinner on April 13, GoHofstra.com will feature one of the seven individuals and two teams being inducted in the Class of 2013. Today Doug Shanahan of the lacrosse and football teams is highlighted.
"Doug was one of the best athletes to play lacrosse here at Hofstra, which played a major role in his success as well as the teams success while he was here. He was the ultimate competitor, and very deserving of the first Tewaaraton Trophy. He made his teammates around him better, as he took the spotlight off them, while still being very successful as it was on him. This Hall of Fame induction is a very deserving honor for Doug and his family." - Seth Tierney, Hofstra Men's Lacrosse Coach
A standout lacrosse and football student-athlete, Doug Shanahan was a four-year letterwinner for both programs between 1998 and 2001 and is the first two-sport, two-time All-American in Hofstra Athletics history.
A three-time All-American in lacrosse, Shanahan was also named the top player in the sport as a senior when he earned the inaugural Tewaaraton Trophy. He was also the recipient of the 2001 Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the Division I Lacrosse Player of the Year and the 2001 Lt. Donald J. McLaughlin Jr. Award as the Division I Midfielder of the Year. Shanahan scored 95 goals and 44 assists during his career, ranking ninth and 12th, respectively, on Hofstra's all-time lists. He also scooped up a school record 450 ground balls and won 528 of 868 face-offs for a .608 winning percentage.
Shanahan also earned All-America East honors four times, picking up first team honors as a freshman, as well as Rookie of the Year honors in 1998, as a sophomore in 1999 and as a senior in 2001 when he was also voted the league Most Valuable Player. He was selected to the second team as a junior. Shanahan was also named to the 2001 USILA North-South Senior All-Star Game where he captured the Most Valuable Player Award.
On the gridiron, Shanahan posted 279 tackles and 13 interceptions from his free safety position. He returned five interceptions and fumble recoveries for touchdowns and earned All-America honors in 2000 and 2001. Shanahan was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as a junior in 2000.
He was a part of six NCAA Tournaments during his tenure – three in football and three in lacrosse – including a lacrosse quarterfinals appearance in 2001. Following graduation, Shanahan was a member of the United States World Lacrosse Team in 2002 and 2006, earning the ILF's 2002 Best and Fairest Award, which is the equivalent of the Championships' Most Valuable Player Award. He was also voted to the All-World Team. He was also a free agent signee by the New York Jets and was the final defensive back released on the last day of training camp in 2002.
Shanahan was drafted first overall in the 2002 Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft by the Bridgeport Barrage and played with the team through the 2005 season, helping the Barrage (who had moved to Philadelphia) win the 2004 MLL Championship. The Chicago Machine selected him with the fourth pick of the 2006 MLL Expansion Draft. He spent three full seasons in Chicago, before getting traded to the Long Island Lizards in 2009. He also played for the New York Saints of the National Lacrosse League during the 2002 season.
From 2006 to 2008, Shanahan was head coach of the Glenbrook South Titans of Glenview, Illinois from 2006 to 2008. In his two years at Glenbrook South, Shanahan lead the Titans to the playoffs and finished with an overall record of 26-10. In 2008 Shanahan also coached lacrosse at the University of Illinois before relocating to Florida. Shanahan now teaches and coaches lacrosse and football at Pine Crest Preparatory School in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The youngest of four brothers - Adrian, a Lieutenant Colonel in U.S. Army, David, head football coach and physical education teacher at John Glenn High School, and Patrick, a science teacher and middle school football coach in the Sachem School District and a physical therapist – Shanahan is the proud father of two daughters – Riley (6) and Aubrey (2).
Our next Hall of Fame Spotlight: Alicia Smith, Softball
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