Howie Shannon

Howie Shannon (1923-1995)

Current position: Virginia Tech Hokies
Virginia Tech record: 104-68 (.605)
Overall record: 104-68 (.605)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1967)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1967)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1966)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1964-1971 Virginia Tech
1954-1964 Kansas State (asst)

Howie Shannon Facts

  • Howard Shannon
  • Born June 10, 1923
  • Died August 16, 1995
  • Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas
  • Alma Mater: Kansas State University (BA, 1948)
  • After graduating from Munday HS (TX), Shannon played for head coach Pete Shands at North Texas
    • Left school in 1943 and served the United States during World War II
  • Shannon later played one year for his hometown Kansas State Wildcats and head coach Jack Gardner
    • Earned All-American honors (Helms Foundation) in 1948 but was unable to return for a final year
  • Instead signed with the Providence Steamrollers of the BAA, playing the 1948-49 with them
    • Drafted 1st overall by Providence in the 1949 BAA Draft (the final year before becoming the NBA), but the team folded and Shannon played the 1949-50 for the Boston Celtics instead
    • Averaged 10.8 points per game over his two-year career, shooting 35.5% from the field and 79.5% from FT
  • Returned to Kansas in 1950, spending the next four years as the head basketball coach at Topeka HS (KS)
  • Joined Tex Winter‘s coaching staff at alma mater K-State in 1954, assisting there for ten seasons
  • Hired to be the head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies in 1964
    • Went 104-68 in seven years, reaching the NIT in 1966 and the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament in 1967
    • Resigned from coaching in 1971 but continued to work full-time at VT in the physical education department
  • Passed away in 1995 at the age of 72 after a battle with lung cancer

Howie Shannon Coaching Tree

  • Allan Bristow (Charlotte Hornets)
  • Charles Moir (Virginia Tech, Tulane, Roanoke)
  • John Wetzel (Phoenix Suns)