About SPBA

The Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy is an official USA Badminton Club & Midwest Badminton Association Club.

2012 USA Badminton Developmental Coach of the Year

2012 US Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year Finalist

Former USA #1 Women’s Singles

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  • Private Badminton Lessons
  • Group Badminton Lessons
  • Elite Badminton Teams
  • Badminton Open Gym
  • Badminton Camps
  • Badminton Coaching Clinics
  • Badminton Tournaments
  • Badminton Pro Shop
  • Badminton Racket Stringing
  • Badminton Charity Events
  • Badminton Demonstrations
  • Badminton Speeches

Shannon Pohl is excited to introduce you to the Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy (SPBA) at Adversity Volleyball Center in Vernon Hills. Founded in 2009, the SPBA began receiving national recognition in 2012 when twenty-two SPBA players qualifed for the 2012 IHSA State Championships. This included 13 state medals for SPBA players and an IHSA Team State Championship for several dedicated students! Shannon was named USA Badminton Developmental Coach of the Year. In addition, the US Olympic Committee selected her as one of three finalists amongst all sports for the 2012 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year. This was the first time a badminton coach has ever been a finalist to receive this prestigious award.

This year, the SPBA is making national news again. Shannon organized and hosted the first Junior National ranking tournament in Midwest history and as a result, the percentage of girls ranked nationally increased by 29%. The SPBA currently trains several IHSA State Medalists and 102 nationally ranked players and counting. The SPBA Elite Gold & Silver Teams are also busy preparing to compete in the Junior Nationals this summer.


Like many of you, Shannon didn’t start playing badminton until high school. She attended Prospect H.S. and placed fifth in State. She graduated from the University of Illinois where she started and coached the first ever Illini Badminton Traveling Team, was named All-American, and led the team to a third place finish at Nationals. She trained at the USA Badminton Olympic Training Center for 2 years, and then moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to train at the International Badminton Academy for 3 years.

By 2009, Shannon was the highest ranked American badminton player in the world in women’s singles. She represented Team USA at tournaments in 46 countries over twelve years, including four World Championships. Her best results were a top 32 finish at the World Championships, a bronze at the Pan American Championships, and a top ranking of #69 in the world in women’s singles.


Shannon has trained under some of the world’s finest coaches from England, Denmark, Malaysia, China, and Indonesia and she is eager to share her knowledge with you. While living in Denmark, she was head coach of two Danish professional teams. In 2010 & 2014, she was the Assistant National Coach for Team USA when they won the Jr. Pan American Team Championships. Shannon is a USA Badminton Provisional Level 2 High Performance Coach. She is a badminton coach at Golder College Prep, the only IHSA badminton team in the city of Chicago. She is also an Athlete Ambassador for
World Sport Chicago.


Programming at the SPBA has been specically designed for the student athlete who desires professional coaching, a competitive experience, challenging athletic development and a supportive, realistic, mentoring approach to sports. The SPBA uses proven athletic development techniques to strengthen the body, expand badminton knowledge, challenge the spirit, instill confidence, self esteem and respect among student athletes—providing young athletes the opportunity to achieve their athletic goals. Shannon is happy to coach players
ages 5 & up!