Shannon O'Brien
Shannon O'Brien

Assistant Coach

Second Season

Alma Mater:
Keene State '05

Shannon O'Brien enters her second season with the Black Knight cross country program in 2013. O'Brien, who also helps guide Army's distance contingent during track season, came to West Point from Florida State, where she served two years as meet director and graduate manager for the women's track and field and cross country programs.

During her first season with the Army cross country program in 2012, the Black Knight men earned their best point total at the Patriot League Championships since 2008, while the women scored their best mark since 2005. Also at the conference meet, Lisa Junta earned Army's best individual finish since 1998, running to a third-place finish to garner first-team all-league honors.

The Black Knights collected five All-Patriot League certificates, their highest total since 2008. Success continued into the NCAA East Regional meet, where Junta earned the best individual finish in women's program history and Ricardo Galindo recorded the men's highest individual mark since 2008.

Army also succeeded in the classroom as Junta, Galindo and Kendall Ward were voted to the Academic All-Patriot League team before both the men's and women's squads earned Division I All-Academic recognition by the USTFCCCA.

At FSU, O'Brien was responsible for designing a training regiment for walk-on athletes as well as conducting daily practices for that contingent. With her guidance, four student-athletes were offered scholarships to run for the perennial national contender program.

Working alongside FSU head coach Karen Harvey, the women's cross country team placed second at the NCAAs in 2010 and fourth in 2011, while the track team's distance unit enjoyed similar success on the regional and national stage.

Prior to her two-year stint with the Seminoles, O'Brien was an assistant coach/coaching intern at Dartmouth College with the Big Green's track and cross country teams. O'Brien got her first taste of recruiting while in Hanover, N.H., as she worked on arranging official visits and contacted potential student-athletes.

O'Brien also spent her undergraduate years in New Hampshire, receiving a bachelor's degree in English from Keene State College in 2005. The middle-distance specialist was an All-American for the Owls in the 800 meters, and still maintains her hold on school records in the 500 meters, 400-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter relay.

Following her graduation, she worked at her alma mater as an assistant coach through the summer of 2006.

O'Brien, who received her master's degree in sport management from Florida State earlier this year, has a USATF Level 1 Certification and has worked for running camps across the country, including Vermont and Oregon.

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