Shaun Hannah
Shaun Hannah
Position: Head Coach
Events: 13th Season
Now in his 13th year behind the Pioneer bench, Shaun Hannah has led Sacred Heart to the playoffs in each of his 12 seasons as head coach, including each of the four seasons the Atlantic Hockey Association has been in existence. Last year, despite a young team affected by heavy losses to graduation, Hannah guided the Pioneers to a top four finish in Atlantic Hockey for the third straight season. After a three game victory in the AHA quarterfinals, the Pioneers qualified for the AHA Final Five for the second straight year. Hannah has built Sacred Heart into a program with national recognition. The Pioneers have picked up victories over several nationally known powers in non-conference play during the last several seasons, including perennial ECAC powers Cornell and RPI. During 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons the Pioneers set school records with 21 wins in each season and earned the number one seed in the AHA playoffs for the first time in school history in 2007. His recruiting ability has shown in the impressive number of players that Hannah has sent on to the professional level. Several players have earned All-Conference recoginition, while some, like Pierre-Luc O'Brien and Alex Parent, were nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, the highest award in college hockey. The highlight of the Pioneers time in Atlantic Hockey was in 2004 when Hannah's squad reached the inaugural Atlantic Hockey Championship game before falling to champion Holy Cross in the title game. Hannah was named the 1999-00 MAAC Coach of the Year after leading the Pioneers. to a 16-win season, an improvement of nine wins over the previous year. Hannah was also among the finalists for the Spencer T. Penrose Award, which is awarded to the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year. Hannah played for Cornell from 1990-94. He was named team captain as a senior for the 1993-94 season. For his hard work over those four years he was awarded the Joe DeLibero/Stan Tsapis Award. Hannah graduated in 1994 with a B.S. in Business Management. Hannah was a member of the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League at the tail end of the 1994-95 season. In 1995-96 he played for the Knoxville Cherokees of the East Coast Hockey League, scoring six goals and 22 assists for 28 points. He also appeared in eight playoff games that season, scoring one goal. A native of Mankota, Saskatchewan, Hannah now resides in Stratford, Connecticut, with his wife Amy and their daughter, Emma (1).