Mike Shannon has a passion for sports as well as teaching and coaching youth, and is committed to helping FCA’s ministry reach coaches for Christ and spread the Gospel with the players they coach. His first exposure to FCA occurred in the mid 1980’s when a young Pittsburgh Steeler coach, Tony Dungy, came to speak at Allegheny College – where Shannon played football and lacrosse – on behalf of FCA: “Coach Dungy talked about living life in a way that is different from the way the world lives, and it had a powerful impact on me.”
Years later, when Shannon met David Parks, Upstate NY Director and Sean McNamara, VP of Field Ministry, he sensed the major impact these two leaders were having on young people in the Western NY area and wanted to get involved. “As Billy Graham has said, ‘A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime,’ and I see FCA as being a catalyst to have this impact, under the strong leadership of Dave and Sean,” Shannon said.
Shannon moved to the Rochester area 20 years ago from New York City when he secured a sales and marketing position with Eastman Kodak Company after earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from Allegheny College. He has worked in the IT sales and marketing industry for over twenty-five years. Currently, he manages the AT&T Global Account at Sutherland Global Services, which employees over 9,000 people, including over 2,500 in the Rochester and Syracuse areas.
His volunteer work includes serving on the Honeoye Falls-Lima (HF-L) Board of Education, teaching “Economics for Success” for the Rochester City Junior Achievement Program and coaching youth basketball in the HF-L BIL program. He and his wife Anne also enjoy co-teaching Sunday School.
The Shannons reside in Mendon, NY with their two children Grace (12) and John (6). They attend Victor Community Church. Shannon likes spending time with his family outdoors, and he enjoys trail running, cycling, fly-fishing and golf.