In this week’s “Get to Know” article, we will be learning more about Seacoast United Maine North staff member, Billy Shannon. Billy will be coaching the clubs 2007/08 Premier Black team for the 2018/19 season.
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I am the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Maine Maritime Academy (2018 concluded my 3rd Season). I live in Hampden with my wife Martha and 3-year-old daughter Nora.
What is your previous experience playing soccer? Coaching?
- All-Conference HS player at Hampden Academy (Hampden, ME)
- All-Conference College player at Husson University (Bangor, ME)
- Played NPSL for the Maine Sting for Syracuse Assistant Coach Jukka Masalin
- Began Coaching various sports in High School with youth camps and programs
- Served as an Assistant in 2010 at Husson University
- Coach at Bangor High School (2011-2015)
This season (2018) Maine Maritime Academy finished 8-7-1 overall (6-1) in North Atlantic Conference play. We claimed the regular season title and earned the #1 seed in the Conference Tournament. We had a number of players recognized for their efforts throughout the season:
- 4 Players Earned North Atlantic Conference All Conference 1st Team Honors
- Defensive Player of the Year Award Winner
- Player of the Year Award Winner
- Coaching Staff of the Year
- Google Cloud Academic All District Recipient, selected by CoSIDA
- 3.42 GPA
What made you decide to want to start coaching?
I grew up having great respect for teachers and wanted to stay connected to sports after my playing career ended. So, I decided to get into coaching as a means of teaching young players and staying involved in sports.
What attracted you to Seacoast United Maine?
Growing up in Eastern Maine, I wanted to be a part of the organization that I believed could best provide quality soccer opportunity to the local community. Seacoast United’s professional staff and coaches who are invested in player development is the primary reason I got involved and am still involved with the club today. The philosophy is and has always been about developing players first.
Who has been the most influential person in your career?
The most influential person in my professional career is definitely my college soccer coach, friend and colleague- Seth Brown. He saw potential in me as a player, person and coach and encouraged me to get into the coaching profession and has helped mentor and support me along my journey.
What’s been your best memory while being involved in coaching soccer?
There have been so many rewarding moments coaching, I don’t really have a single favorite memory. However, I really enjoy being part of a player’s growth throughout the course of their career. It’s a great feeling when you get to help a player start at the beginning and see them accomplish some of their biggest goals.
Which current or former professional athlete did you admire the most growing up and why?
Baltimore Orioles Shortstop, Cal Ripken Jr. “The Ironman” was my idol not only because of his skill as a baseball player, but for his blue-collar work-ethic and never give up attitude. Ripken holds the record for most consecutive games played - a figure that many in the Baseball world deem as “unbreakable”.
Do you have any hobbies you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy traveling, seeing the world and spending time with family!
Rapid Fire Questions:
Favorite food – Spaghetti
Favorite genre of music – Rock
Favorite place to visit – Moosehead Lake (Greenville, ME)
Favorite Premier League team - Manchester United
2018/2019 Premier League Winner – Hopefully United.... If not, anyone but Liverpool or City...