From Student Athlete To Coach

Several years ago C.J. Shannon spent hours training and suiting up for the Wildcats as a student athlete. This year, he was back again, but now as a coach.

Coach Byrd, who coached Shannon said he told him when he graduated from high school that he wanted to coach. Shannon’s dream came true. “He was a hard worker in the classroom and was a good athlete,” said Coach Byrd.” After his last high school year he told me he wanted to be a coach.”

Shannon was always passionate about sports.  At STMS the former athlete played football and basketball and also ran track. “Playing for STMS was great,” said Shannon. “In two years we lost three games.”  Shannon said students should cherish their time at STMS. “Have fun, you will miss it,” he added.“I enjoy seeing how I used to be in regards with attitudes and how difficult it was to deal with.”

Coach Shannon went on to play at South Pointe where he was on one of the school’s championship teams.  He also played for the York Comprehensive High School Cougars.

“I would love to play pro,” Shannon said. “As long as I pray and focus, stay dedicated I still have the chance to go pro.”

The new Wildcats that Shannon coached this year said he is a fun and productive coach.

Skyler Woodard, a 7th grade football player, who was recently coached by Shannon had great things to say about the young coach. “He’s a beast!” Woodard said.


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