Coach Shannon Pohl
USA Badminton has named Shannon the Developmental Coach of the Year for 2012. In addition, the US Olympic Committee has selected her as a finalist for the 2012 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year. This is the first time a badminton coach has ever been a finalist to receive this prestigious award. Shannon first learned to play badminton at Prospect High School. She represented Team USA at tournaments in 46 countries over twelve years, including four World Championships. Shannon was the highest ranked American badminton player in the world in women’s singles in 2009. 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. In 2010 she was the Assistant National Coach for the Team USA at the Jr. Pan American Championships. Shannon is a USA Badminton Provisional Level 2 High Performance Coach and currently also a coach at Golder College Prep.
Coach Quinn Hussey
Quinn coaches at the SPBA throughout the winter season. Quinn, a native of Illinois, grew up playing with his family and learning from his father, a nationally ranked badminton player who is currently one of Team USA’s national coaches. Quinn has a tremendous wealth of experience as a player. He represented Team USA at the Junior Pan American Championships in the Dominican Republic. He also placed in the top 4 for doubles and won 5th place in singles in the Manhattan Beach Junior International Championships. He’s won three golds at the Midwest Closed Championships in men’s doubles with his brother Ben, and two silvers in singles. He has also coached for several years at the region’s most popular summer camp, the Eastern Illinois University Badminton Camp, which is run by the Hussey family. This year he will also be a badminton coach at Lake Park High School. He is delighted to share his knowledge with players of the SPBA!