Shannon McHale joined the Florida Southern College women's lacrosse program as an assistant coach prior to the 2017 season. In her first season with the Mocs, McHale helped coach a squad that finished as the national runner-up, had six players selected as IWLCA all-Americans, and won 18-straight games en route to the national title game.
In 2017, Florida Southern ranked in the top five nationally in four different statistical categories, led the Sunshine State Conference in five statistical categories, and had multiple players rank among the top 50 in the nation in 12 different categories.
Prior to joining the Moccasins, McHale served as the head coach at Ithaca College in New York, where she compiled an overall record of 48-24 in four seasons with the Bombers.
During her tenure at Ithaca, McHale led her squad to four-straight Empire 8 Conference tournament title matches. She was the Empire 8 Coach of the Year in 2012, and her staff was named Coaching Staff of the Year in 2013 and 2014 (the award was changed prior to the 2013 season).
In addition, McHale coached the league's Goalkeeper of the Year (Jess Wortham - 2012) and Player of the Year (Allison Runyon - 2013). Runyon also earned third-team IWLCA all-America honors in 2015. During her time at Ithaca, McHale coached 31 all-conference selections.
Prior to her time at Ithaca, McHale was the head coach at St. John Fisher College, where she led the Cardinals to two NCAA tournaments. She finished 98-70 in 10 seasons at St. John Fisher, earning Empire 8 Coach of the Year honors in 2007 after leading her team to a school-record 14 wins.
McHale also spent seven years as the head coach of the women's lacrosse and women's soccer teams at SUNY Postdam (1994-2001).
A 1992 graduate of SUNY Brockport, McHale was a three-year lettewinner in soccer, earning first-team all-state honors in 1990. She was also the SUNYAC West Division Player of the Year in 1990, and was a first-team all- SUNYAC performer in 1989. McHale was inducted into the SUNY Brockport Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
She earned a master's degree in exercise and sports sciences and sports psychology from Ithaca in 2005.