Author’s note: very nice interview with Doug from the Hofstra web site. To be simultaneously playing for Team USA in a World Championship while also nearly making an NFL team as an undrafted signing is quite the double and likely never happens again!
Recruited out of Sachem North High School in Sachem, New York, Doug Shanahan enjoyed a distinguished career on both the football field and the lacrosse field as member of the Hofstra football and men’s lacrosse teams from 1997 to 2001. Shanahan was a part of six NCAA Tournament appearances for the Pride – three in football and three in lacrosse – including a quarterfinal appearance in lacrosse in 2001.
On the lacrosse field, Shanahan was a three-time All-American and took home the inaugural Tewaaraton Award for the best men’s lacrosse player in the country, the Lt. Raymond Enners Award for the most outstanding men’s lacrosse player, and the McLaughlin Award for the best midfielder in college lacrosse. Shanahan was a three-time First Team All-America East Conference selection and was named America East Most Valuable Player his senior season. Shanahan finished his illustrious lacrosse career at Hofstra with 95 goals and 44 assists for 139 points and a Hofstra-record 450 ground balls.
On the gridiron, Shanahan was a two-time All-American at the free safety position with 279 career tackles, 13 interceptions, and five defensive touchdowns. In 2000 he was named a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award for the best defensive player in Division I-AA. He was offered a training camp contract with the New York Jets and was one of the final players cut from the team roster before the 2002 season.
Shanahan was selected first overall in the 2002 Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft by the Bridgeport Barrage, and he enjoyed a 12-year MLL career playing in Bridgeport, Philadelphia, Chicago, Long Island, and Florida. He also represented his country at the 2002 and 2006 World Lacrosse Championships, winning the gold medal in 2002 and earning Most Valuable Player distinction.
Shanahan is currently the head coach of the Western High School boys lacrosse team in Florida, and was named head coach of Team England in September 2019.
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