Doug Shanahan (born January 11, 1979) is a lacrosse coach and player. He has been inducted into four Halls of Fame and has won a number of other trophies and accolades. He was twice a member of Team USA, and also won MVP of the world games. He attended Hofstra University, playing both football and lacrosse in college.
|Born||January 11, 1979|
Farmingville, New York
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|NLL draft||33rd overall, 2001|
|NLL teams||New York Saints|
|Long Island Lizards|
|NCAA team||Hofstra University|
From 1997 to 2001 Shanahan played both lacrosse and football. As a defensive back for the Pride, Shanahan was recognized as a 3 time All American in football. In 2000, he was also a Buck Buchanan Award finalist which is given to the top defensive player in Division 1AA. Following his senior year, he was signed as a free agent with the New York Jets. The Jets allowed Shanahan to go with Team USA and compete in the World Lacrosse Championships in Perth, Australia. Shanahan turned down several football offers from the Canadian Football League to pursue his career in the MLL. At Hofstra, Shanahan also was a 3 time All American in lacrosse, was named the NCAA National Player of the Year and won the McLaughlin Award as the nation's top midfielder. In 1997, he was named the America East rookie of the year. In 2001, he was the inaugural winner of the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is presented yearly to the nation's top college player.
He was drafted by the Bridgeport Barrage (1st overall) in the 2002 MLL Supplemental Draft. He played with Barrage through the 2005 season, helping them capture the 2004 Major League Lacrosse Championship. He was acquired by the Chicago Machine in the 2006 Expansion Draft (1st round, 4th pick) from Philadelphia.
Shanahan was head coach of the Glenbrook South Titans of Glenview, Illinois from 2006 to 2008. In his inaugural year as head coach, Shanahan led the Titans to a 4th-place finish in the IHSLA Lacrosse state championship tournament. 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, where he led the team to an 11-7 record his first year. That year, the Illini finished in MCLA Division 1 with a ranking of 21st in the nation. In 2009, Doug Shanahan signed on as the new head coach for the Fort Lauderdale, Florida Pine Crest Panthers, leading them to a 12-6 record. Similar to his high school and college days, Doug also was a part of the football squad as the Quarterback coach. In 2013, Shanahan left Pine Crest to coach at St. Thomas Aquinas as Asst Head Coach. Shanahan took the Raiders to the Final Four in 2014. Shanahan coached at St Brendan as Asst. Athletic Director and Head Lacrosse Coach in the fall of 2014 & 2015. In 2017, Shanahan moved back to Broward County, Florida to coach the Western Wildcats. In his first season of coaching at Western, the school won its first ever Lacrosse District Championship. In 2019, he was named as the coach of Team England.
Shanahan taught at Pine Crest Preparatory School in Ft. Lauderdale for five years. He is a teacher and boys lacrosse coach. In 2014 he was the lacrosse coach at St Brendan High School Miami, Florida and the assistant Athletic Director. In June 2015, it was announced that Shanahan would be joining Legacy Travel Intl. as a lacrosse consultant. He is now the P.E coach at Imagine Charter School at Weston in Weston, Fl. He is also running a lacrosse camp.
| Men's Tewaaraton Trophy
| McLaughlin Award
- "Recipients". Tewaaraton. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
- 2006 U.S. Men's Team Bio: Doug Shanahan Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "Major League Lacrosse completes expansion draft". Our Sports Central. November 1, 2005. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
- Judy Battista (May 8, 2002). "PLUS: PRO FOOTBALL; HOFSTRA TWO-SPORTS STAR SIGNS WITH JETS". New York Times. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
- "Shanahan named as Associate Head Coach of Team England". Sachem Report. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
- "Welcome to Doug Shanahan's MVP Lacrosse Camp!". Retrieved August 7, 2019.