The Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy offers private lessons, group lessons, camps, coaching clinics, tournaments, badminton open gym, and a pro shop. Shannon Pohl is also available for demonstrations and speeches. For more information about the Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy, sponsorship opportunities, or to book her for an event, please contact Shannon.

Shannon is coaching Team USA at the Jr. Pan American Championships

logo_panamShannon will be in Guatemala 7/21-7/29th coaching the US Jr. National Team compete at the Jr. Pan American Championships.

All classes will go on as scheduled with an assistant coach. If you need to get a hold of Shannon, she will be unreachable via phone but she should have access to email at

You will be able to follow the tournament live on the BPAC official website on Tuesday 7/22 (team event finals), Wednesday 7/23 (individual event first rounds), Friday 7/25, Saturday 7/26th and Sunday 7/27th (quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals individual event).

Tune in and watch the best juniors in the Pan Am Region! Go USA!

North Shore Open

This year’s event: June 13-15th, 2014.

Deadline: must be postmarked by June 6th.

nsoThe North Shore Open is the premier tournament at the SPBA.  Both adults and juniors of all levels are encouraged to participate. Events will be held in A-B-C-D dropflight format in women’s singles, women’s doubles, men’s singles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Awards will be given to first place finishers of all flights, and a gift will be given to all participants.

2014 IHSA State Championships

I’m so proud of all my 12 past and present students who qualified for the State Championships! What a wonderful weekend we had!

dsc_000212 State Qualifiers:
Emma Menich, Gerri Soren, Jessica Hirsh, Jessica Schwartz, Jiayi Huang, Julia Siebert, Kiley Walsh, Madison Fortman, Mady Berns, Nicki Flynn, Olenka Kalinowski, Rachel Andersen

dsc_04196 Sectional Champions:
Gerri Soren, Jessica Hirsh, Jessica Schwartz, Kiley Walsh, Olenka Kalinowski, Rachel Andersen

6 State Medals for 4 Players:
Jessica Hirsh: 3rd in State Doubles
Madison Fortman & Mady Berns: 4th in State Doubles, State Team Runner-Up
Jessica Schwartz: State Team Runner-Up


Congratulations to My Advanced State Championship Target Class:dsc_0411

Jessica Hirsh- Conference Runner-Up (singles), Sectional Champion (doubles), 3rd in State (doubles). All your success is a result of all your dedication and hard work. Next year, let’s win it all!

Gerri Soren- #1 Singles Conference Champion, Sectional Champion (singles), Top 12 in state (singles).  Sky is the limit next year!

Brinda Dollu- Conference Champion (doubles). You worked so hard this year and made incredible improvements to your game and your rise up the line-up at Fremd proved it.  Next year: State Bound!

dsc_0052Jessica Schwartz- Conference Runner-Up (singles & doubles), State Qualifier (singles), Top 16 in state (singles), State Team Runner-Up. And we still have another year to go!  Next year: Podium!dsc_0367

Madison Fortman- Sectional Runner-Up (doubles), 4th in State (doubles), State Team Runner-up. Last year we said, next year: Podium and boy were we right! Congratulations on a great season and best of luck in college!

Mady Berns- Sectional Runner-Up (doubles), 4th in State (doubles), State Team Runner-up. You did it!  On the podium twice! Very well deserved and best of luck in college!
Kiley Walsh- 27-0 record at #1 doubles, Conference Runner-up (singles), Sectional Champion singles, Top 12 in State. After Noreen’s injury and having to switch to singles last minute, you still took state top seeded Gomez to 20 all. What a wonderful career. Good luck in college and with your golf!

Noreen Caporusso- 27-0 record at #1 doubles your senior year after recovering from your ACL injury last year.  You should be very proud of yourself and your tremendous high school career. You bounced back before and you will again.  You are one of the most determined and talented players I’ve ever coached and I know you have a very bright future in golfdsc_0322 in college!

All that running training was worth it! Next year, we’re not stopping until State! I’m so proud of ALL of you!

dsc_0174-1Congrats to my
private lesson students:

Olenka Kalinowski & Rachel Anderson- Sectional Champions, Top 24 in state (doubles). You guys are so dedicated and you will undoubtably do well in your future! Congratulations on a great senior year and all the best to you next year in college!

Marion Lewis- Despite injury set-backs, you were able to put it all out there on the line, play well and give it your very best shot your senior year.  It’s been a pleasure to coach you and all the best of luck at Princeton!dsc_0013small


Well Done Golder College Prep: It’s been a joy to coach Chicago’s only badminton team for the second year in a row.  We are making big improvements in our level and I know next year we will be even stronger! Congratulations and keep up the hard work!




To My 8 Deerfield Senior Varsity Players: Allison Sutton, Allison Manella, Allison Behling, Nicki Flynn, Julia Zazove, Abby Rosenbaum, Samantha Merkin, & Lauren Spungen-
It’s been such a pleasure coaching you all these past 4-5 years.  Your enthusiasm, dedication, and work ethic inspired your entire team and lead you to many successes and titles at the conference, sectional, and state level these past 4 years. IMG_3732-1

Not only that, but the SPBA wouldn’t be where it is today without you and all the positive word of mouth you spread to your friends, teammates, relatives, and the national badminton community. This helped grow the club and lead to me being named USA Badminton Developmental Coach of the Year and a finalist for the United States Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year.  I am thankful to all of you for helping me pursue my passion for badminton as a career.

Best of luck to all my graduating seniors in the future! I’ll miss you!

See more photos from the IHSA Season, Sectionals & State here!


Congratulations to the
63 SPBA players earning
Jr. National Rankings

See the full USA Badminton Jr. National Rankings here and click on “Latest Rankings”.

Current Jr. National Rankings of SPBA Players:

81-Issac Lu

45-Isaac Lu

20-Kiley Walsh
23-Jessica Hirsh
23-Julia Siebert
27-Madison Fortman
30-Katherine Ortell
30-Mady Berns
30-Yixuan Wang
30-Gerri Soren
30-Naomi Ecanow
30-Rachel Gross
46- Samantha Merkin
46-Allison Behling
46-Olenka Kalinowski
46-Jenny Marten
46-Julia Zazove
54-Abby Rosenbaum
54-Juana Camacho
54-Nicki Flynn
54-Emily Mrstik
54-Heather Shin
54-Samantha Glazer
54-Bridget Dungan
54-Noreen Caporusso
54-Brinda Dollu
54-Elizabeth Onishchenko

23-Madison Fortman
23-Mady Berns
27-Kiley Walsh
27-Noreen Caporusso
27-Jessica Hirsh
27-Gerri Soren
27-Brinda Dollu
27-Rachel Gross
33-Elizabeth Onishchenko
33-Yixuan Wang
40-Katherine Ortell
40-Naomi Ecanow
43-Allison Behling
43-Nicki Flynn
43-Jenny Marten
43-Heather Shin
48-Samantha Merkin
48-Abby Rosenbaum
48-Samantha Glazer
48-Juana Camacho
48-Emily Mrstik
48-Bridget Dungan
48-Julia Siebert
48-Olenka Kalinowski
48-Julia Zazove

48-Kiley Walsh
51-Brinda Dollu
75-Isaac Lu
75-Emily Mrstik
75-Elizabeth Onishchenko
75-Jessica Hirsh
75-Julia Siebert
75-Katherine Ortell
75-Mady Berns
75-Yixuan Wang
75-Naomi Ecanow
75-Abby Rosenbaum
75-Madison Fortman
75-Rachel Gross
75-Samantha Merkin
75-Allison Behling
75-Juana Camacho
75-Olenka Kalinowski
75-Nicki Flynn
75-Jenny Marten
75-Julia Zazove
75-Heather Shin
75-Samantha Glazer
75-Bridget Dungan
75-Noreen Caporusso
75-Elizabeth Onishchenko

79-Edmond Shao

68-Edmond Shao

41-Danna Gallegos
45-Allison MacDonald
48-Gabrielle Ecanow
61-Teodora Vukosavljevic
61-Sneha Poondru
61-Katie Jarosz
67-Syndey Merkin
67-Madeleine Chow
67-Vivien Liu
67-Evanna Gu
67-Sarah Litwin

44-Katie Jarosz
46-Allison MacDonald
46-Gabrielle Ecanow
54-Sydney Merkin
54-Sarah Litwin
66-Danna Gallegos
66-Sneha Poondru
66-Madeleine Chow
66-Vivien Liu
66-Evanna Gu
66-Teodora Vukosavljevic

103-Edmond Shao
103-Katie Jarosz
103-Danna Gallegos
103-Allison MacDonald
103-Gabrielle Ecanow
103-Teodora Vukosavljevic
103-Sneha Poondru
103-Sydney Merkin
103-Madeleien Chow
103-Vivien Liu
103-Evanna Gu
103-Sarah Litwin

57-James Sugrue
101-Alexandre Clavel

64-James Sugrue
98-Alexandre Clavel

53-Esther Shi
56-Vanshika Ramesh
63-Katherine Zeng
74-Roshini Merneedi
77-Kaitlyn Lu
77-Riya Gyanmote
77-Michelle Cai
77-Pallavi Panchpor
77-Julie Zhu

46-Vanshika Ramesh
47-Esther Shi
54-Kaitlyn Lu
61-Michelle Cai
61-Katherine Zeng
73-Roshini Merneedi
73-Riya Gyanmote
73-Pallavi Panchpor
73-Julie Zhu

84-Esther Shi
132-James Sugrue
132-Kaitlyn Lu
132-Alexandre Clavel
132-Vanshika Ramesh
132-Katherine Zeng
132-Riya Gyanmote
132-Michelle Cai
132-Pallavi Panchpor
132-Roshini Merneedi
132-Julie Zhu

33-Alexandra Sugrue
36-Megan Wei
36-Joie You
36-Alicia Zeng
41-Jyotsna Harikrishna
42-Kathleen Jin
52-Ashley Ziegler
52-Clare Hu
52-Estelle Park
52-Rebecca Shi

35-Alexandra Sugrue
35-Jyotsna Harikrishna
35-Megan Wei
35-Joie You
40-Alicia Zeng
40-Kathleen Jin
50-Ashley Ziegler
50-Clare Hu
50-Estelle Park
50-Rebecca Shi

56-Alexandra Sugrue
92-Megan Wei
92-Rebecca Shi
92-Alicia Zeng
92-Joie You
92-Jyotsna Harikrishna
92-Kathleeen JIn
92-Ashley Ziegler
92-Clare Hu
92-Estelle Park

24-Anna Cai
24-Elisabeth Clavel
36-Sharanya Rao

33-Anna Cai
33-Elisabeth Clavel
33-Sharanya Rao

72-Anna Cai
72-Elisabeth Clavel
72-Sharanya Rao

Congratulations! SPBA Players Place at the Midwest Regional Jr. Championships!

MWRegionalJr LogoSPBA hosted the Midwest Regional Junior Championships on February 15-16th. This was the first junior national ranking tournament ever for the Midwest region!
GS U19­
2nd – Kiley Walsh
Cons 1st  – Madison Fortman
Cons 2nd – Rachel Gross

GD U19
2nd – Mady Berns/ Madison Fortman
Cons  1st – Elizabeth Onishchenko/Yixuan Wang
Cons 2nd – Naomi Ecanow/Katherine Ortell

BD U19
3rd  – Isaac Lu/ Preston Lee (OH)

2nd – Kiley Walsh/Jonathan Shee (MA)
3rd – Brinda Dollu/Chun Lok Lo (MA)

GS U17
Cons 1st – Allison MacDonald
Cons 2nd – Gabrielle Ecanow

GD U17
2nd – Katie Jarosz/Jiayi Huang (Egret)
3rd – Gabrielle Ecanow/Allison MacDonald
Cons 1st – Vanshika Ramesh/Emma Wagner (Egret)
Cons 2nd– Sarah Litwin/Sydney Merkin

GS U15
Cons 1st – Vanshika Ramesh
Cons 2nd– Katherine Zeng

GD U15
2nd – Esther Shi/Claire Pan (MO)
3rd – Kaitlyn Lu/Nitya Nagarajan (MBC)
Cons 2nd– Michelle Cai/ Katherine Zeng

BS U15
4th  – James Sugrue

BD U15
2nd – James Sugrue/Justin Yang (MBC)

3rd – Esther Shi/Jason Xie (CT)
4th  – James Sugrue/Kaitlyn Lu

GS U13
3rd  – Alexandra Sugrue
Cons 1st – Jyotsna Harikrishna
Cons 2nd  – Kathleen Jin

GD U13
3rd – Megan Wei/Joie You
3rd – Jyotsna Harikrishna/Alexandra Sugrue

3rd  – Alexandra Sugrue/ Rupak Biswas (CT)

GS U11
3rd  – Anna Cai
4th  – Elisabeth Clavel

Shannon gives assembly for 150 fifth graders at McCormick Elementary School

McCormick Elementary 3As an Athlete Ambassador for World Sport Chicago, Shannon has partnered with McCormick Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year. On October 22nd, Shannon gave a one hour assembly on badminton, goal setting and the importance of physical fitness. She also emphasized the importance of the Chicago Public Schools’ 30+20+10 initiative, which offers students 30 minutes of physical education, 20 minutes of recess, and 10 minutes of in-class physical activity.

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Shannon’s presentation was very interactive.. including equipment demonstrations, goal setting activities, children trying badminton for the first time, lots of questions from the students, and even some points between Shannon and a teacher!  The kids had a great time!  Read more and see photos here!

Shannon visits the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center

UnknownA few weeks ago, Shannon had the privilege of returning to the US Olympic Training Center for the third time this year. The United States Olympic Committee invited her and fellow coach of Golder College Prep, Tina Lulla, to attend the 2013 Ethnic Minority Women in Coaching Leadership Conference. She also toured the Olympic Training Center and attend a meeting at USA Badminton headquarters.

View photos of her trip here.1467483_621142507927028_359668004_n

Shannon and Tina (pictured to the right) were inspired by workshops and presentations from a variety of experts in coaching and leadership including many female Olympic Gold Medalists who have gone on to incredibly successful careers in sport management. Shannon was particularly excited to see the 7920_159564811037_4410187_npresentation of five time Olympian Teresa Edwards (4 time Olympic Gold Medalist and 1 time Bronze Medalist in basketball). Shannon had been inspired by her when they first met four years ago when Teresa was induced to the US Olympic Hall of Fame along with the likes of The Dream Team and Bonnie Blair.  Shannon had been a badminton performer at that event (picture at the Olympic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to the left).

Shannon is now an
Athlete Ambassador for
World Sport Chicago

WSCBrand16.AthleteAmbassador-280x220.gifShannon was recently selected as an Athlete Ambassador for World Sport Chicago. This program matches intercollegiate athletes, professional athletes, Olympians and Paralympians with Chicago elementary schools to inspire, encourage, and motivate Chicago kids to make positive life choices that are important both in school and in sports. Athlete Ambassadors meet with their partner elementary schools at least three times a year to develop a relationship with the students and to serve as positive role models. The goal of this program is to have a consistent presence of positive and inspiring role models to leave a lasting impact on the students as they prepare for their future. Read more about it here.