Shaun Hannah
Shaun Hannah.jpeg
Hannah as Sacred Heart head coach
Biographical details
Born (1972-07-26)July 26, 1972
Mankota, SK, CAN
Alma mater Cornell University
Playing career
1990–1994 Cornell
1994–1995 Syracuse Crunch
1995–1996 Knoxville Cherokees
Position(s) Forward
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–2009 Sacred Heart
Head coaching record
Overall 191–204–38 (.485)
Accomplishments and honors
2000 MAAC Coach of the Year

Shaun Hannah is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently director and coach of the Yale University 8-U and learn-to-skate programs.[1] Previously he was the head coach for Sacred Heart during their transition from Division III to Division I and the shift from the MAAC to Atlantic Hockey.[2]

Career[edit | edit source]

Hannah began his college hockey career with Cornell in 1990 joining a strong team that finished second in the ECAC. Though the Big Red fell in the semifinals they squeaked into the NCAA tournament with the final eastern berth. In the first game Hannah's team surprised the western 3rd-seeded Michigan with a 5–4 win in overtime but lost the next two games by a combined 15–7 to drop the series. Cornell's record slipped the next season but the Big Red were able to make the conference championship and have a respectable finish to their year. In Hannah's third season the Big Red posted a dismal record, winning only 6 games and failing to even make the conference tournament. There was a small rebound in his senior season, where he was named as team captain, but Cornell was knocked out of the ECAC tournament in the quarterfinals. After graduating with a degree in business management he played two years of professional hockey before retiring.

In 1996 Sacred Heart, a program that was only three years old at the time, was looking for its third head coach and Hannah accepted the position. In Hannah's first season he was able to get the Pioneers to post their first winning season and just over a year later Sacred Heart joined the Division I ranks when it became a founding member of the MAAC ice hockey division. Sacred Heart joined the MAAC as an associate member to fulfill the conference's obligation and the inexperience of the program showed their first year when the team went 7–23–1. A year later, however, the Pioneers had a winning record and the team continued to post good results. Unfortunately the Pioneers could produce very little postseason success and lost five of their six conference playoffs games.

In 2003 both Iona and Fairfield dropped their program and with only one full member left with a hockey program, the MAAC was able to end the division.[3] The remaining nine members then founded a new ice hockey-only conference called Atlantic Hockey. Hannah's team responded positively to the new conference by finishing as runner-up in the first tournament. The Pioneers continued to finish in the middle of the conference for several years until Hannah pushed them to their first 20-win season in 2005–06 with was matched the following year. Sacred Heart slipped to 8th-place by 2009 and though the team was positioned for a rebound Hannah announced that he was stepping down a month before the 2009–10 season saying that he wanted to pursue other career options.[4][5]

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Sacred Heart Pioneers (ECAC North/South/Central) (1996–1998)
1996–97 Sacred Heart 15–10–0 10–4–0 2nd
1997–98 Sacred Heart 13–12–0 9–7–0
Sacred Heart: 28–22–0 19–11–0
Sacred Heart Pioneers (MAAC) (1998–2003)
1998–99 Sacred Heart 7–23–1 7–20–1 7th MAAC Quarterfinals
1999–00 Sacred Heart 16–15–3 14–10–3 T–4th MAAC Quarterfinals
2000–01 Sacred Heart 14–12–5 11–10–5 T–5th MAAC Quarterfinals
2001–02 Sacred Heart 16–14–4 15–8–3 T-3rd MAAC Semifinals
2002–03 Sacred Heart 14–15–6 13–10–3 T-3rd MAAC Quarterfinals
Sacred Heart: 67–79–19 60–58–15
Sacred Heart Pioneers (Atlantic Hockey) (2003–2009)
2003–04 Sacred Heart 14–17–5 12–8–4 4th Atlantic Hockey Runner-Up
2004–05 Sacred Heart 13–21–1 13–10–1 5th Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals
2005–06 Sacred Heart 21–12–2 18–8–2 3rd Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals
2006–07 Sacred Heart 21–11–4 17–7–4 2nd Atlantic Hockey Semifinals
2007–08 Sacred Heart 16–19–3 14–11–3 4th Atlantic Hockey Four vs. Five
2008–09 Sacred Heart 11–23–4 9–16–3 8th Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals
Holy Cross: 96–103–19 83–60–17
Total: 191–204–38

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Yale Youth Hockey Association 2018-2019 Teams and Coaches", Yale Bulldogs. Retrieved on 2018-09-26. 
  2. "Sacred Heart Pioneers Men's Ice Hockey All-Time Results", Sacred Heart Pioneers. Retrieved on 2018-09-26. 
  3. History of the MAAC. Retrieved on 2018-09-26.
  4. Sacred Heart Coach Hannah Resigns. (2009-09-09). Retrieved on 2018-09-26.
  5. Shaun Hannah Resigns as Men's Ice Hockey Coach. Sacred heart Pioneers (2009-09-09). Retrieved on 2018-09-26.

External links[edit | edit source]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Gary Wright
MAAC Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Rick Gotkin
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