Shannon joined Diamonds in late fall of 2013 and jumped right in. As a former college coach she has been instrumental in helping with recruiting that is a huge piece to the Diamonds unique services offered to each family in our program. Shannon, along with former college coaches Yeakel and Leland go to each families home (of those getting ready for the recruiting process) and explain, in detail the entire recruiting process and help develop a personalized plan for each player.
Coach Shannon values teaching the basic skills of the game first, then building from there. She is a quiet leader but knows how to get the most out of her players. She is co-head coach of the 2016 team but helps coach all other teams.
After helping the Tribe win 10 games and earn a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament last spring, Shannon Burke returns for her second season as an assistant on the Tribe coaching staff.
While Burke is instrumental in all aspects of the Tribe program, her primary responsibilities will include working with the defense.
During her first season at the College, Burke helped W&M rank seventh nationally with 10.2 caused turnovers per game. The impressive average led the CAA, while the Tribe also ranked first in the conference in ground balls per game (17.5).
In addition to the team’s collective success, Burke also helped All-American Sarah Jonson continue to develop into one of the nation’s premier defenders. Jonson was selected as the 2011 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, while she was also chosen as a Tewaaraton Award Nominee and garnered multiple All-America distinctions.
“I am extremely excited about the addition of Shannon Burke to our staff,” Halfpenny said at the time of her hiring in the summer of 2010. “She has an outstanding lacrosse background and immediately impressed me with her passion and intensity for the sport of lacrosse. She is a natural leader and will make an impact coaching as a defense specialist – an area where she excelled in college at Notre Dame.”
One of the nation’s top defenders during her collegiate career at ND, Burke earned IWLCA All-America honors as a senior in 2009. Additionally, she garnered IWLCA first-team all-region accolades and first-team All-Big East distinction while serving as a team captain during her final season with the Fighting Irish. Burke also earned all-region and all-conference honors as a junior. The Timonium, Md., native finished her career ranked second all-time at Notre Dame in caused turnovers (106) and third in ground balls (139) and draw controls (124).
In addition to her individual honors, Burke was instrumental in helping Notre Dame earn three NCAA Tournament appearances – including a trip to the Final Four in 2006. Additionally, she helped the ’06 squad establish a single-season record with 15 wins.
Prior to joining the Tribe staff, Burke served as an assistant lacrosse and field hockey coach at Stevenson University from 2009-10. While there, she helped the lacrosse program achieve its first-ever top-20 ranking.
LACROSSE AT NOTRE DAME
AS A SENIOR: Started all 21 games for the Irish … scored three goals with four assists for seven points from her defensive position … led the team with 60 ground balls, was fifth with 34 draw controls and tops on the squad with 44 caused turnovers … recorded ground balls in 18 of 21 games, setting personal bests with six versus Cincinnati (4/3) and Cornell (5/2) … caused turnovers in 18 of 21 games with a career-best six at Cornell on May 2 … had two games with two points (1g, 1a) versus Duquesne (2/14) and Dartmouth (3/3) … third goal of the season came in 14-12 loss to Georgetown on March 27 … selected to BIG EAST all-tournament team after getting five ground balls, three draw controls and eight caused turnovers in wins over Syracuse and Georgetown … selected womenslacrosse.com defensive player of the week (April 28), following BIG EAST win … chosen first team All-BIG EAST, first team IWLCA all-West/Midwest region and first team IWLCA All-American for the 2009 campaign … selected as the winner of the team’s 2002 Award that honors the top defensive player on the team.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in all 19 games for the Irish, making 17 starts … scored eight goals with three assists for 11 points, the first goals and assists of her career …was second on the team with 33 ground balls and 51 draw controls … led the Irish with 32 caused turnovers … broke Notre Dame’s single season mark for draw controls (50 by Kaki Orr in 2007) along with Jillian Byers (52) … scored goals in seven of team’s 19 games, highlighted by a two-goal effort against Delaware (3/13) … had second, two-point game of career with two assists in NCAA tourney game versus Northwestern (5/11) … had 10 games with two or more ground balls … had a season-high five ground balls in overtime loss to Syracuse (3/16) … helped set the tone on draw controls with 13 games of two or more … set career bests with seven draw controls in 14-13 win at Hofstra (3/25) and 10-8 win at Georgetown (4/12) … had two or more caused turnovers in 11 of the team’s 19 games … recorded a career-best five caused turnovers in April 16 loss to Vanderbilt … named the BIG EAST defensive player of the week for the week of April 19 … had a goal and an assist along with four ground balls, seven draw controls and five caused turnovers in a loss to Vanderbilt and a win versus Rutgers.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 16 of the team’s 17 games, making 15 starts … was third on the team in ground balls with 32 and draw controls with 27 … fourth overall in caused turnovers with 16 … made just five turnovers of her own on the year … had nine games with two or more ground balls and eight games with two or more draw controls … had at least one caused turnover in 11 of the 16 games she played and two games with three or more … had three draw controls in 12-11 triple overtime game at Stanford … had three ground balls and a career-high four caused turnovers in 18-10 loss to Northwestern … had three ground balls and four draw controls in win at Canisius … grabbed four ground balls in win over Yale … had second, four draw control game in loss at Syracuse … recorded four ground balls and one draw control in 15-7 win over Duquesne … won three draw controls in 20-10 loss to Duke … had career-high five ground balls in regular-season ending loss to Rutgers … had two draw controls and one caused turnover in BIG EAST Tournament loss to Georgetown.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in 14 games, making four starts … recorded 14 ground balls, 12 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers … started four of team’s last five games, including three NCAA tournament games … had four games with two or more ground balls, including a career-best three in the 18-6 win versus Ohio … had season-high four draw controls in the NCAA tournament win against Georgetown … had four games with two or more caused turnovers, getting a season-high of three in the 18-2 win against Canisius.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Three-sport standout at Roland Park Country School … four-year letter winner in field hockey and basketball … won three letters in lacrosse … as a senior, served as team captain in field hockey and basketball … helped field hockey team win conference championships in 2002 and 2004 … honorable mention all-state in field hockey in 2003 … was a two-time team MVP in lacrosse as a junior and senior … won team’s defensive awards as a junior and senior …. won school’s outstanding performance in lacrosse award in 2005 … selected all-metro and all-state in 2004 and 2005 in lacrosse … was the Baltimore Messenger’s player of the year in lacrosse in 2004 and 2005 … daughter of Christopher and Lynden Burke … has a twin sister and a brother … born March 22, 1987 in Baltimore, Md.
Burke graduated with degrees in pre-professional and sociology from Notre Dame in 2009.