Shannon Johnson joined the Coker staff as the head women's basketball coach in Sept. 2015. The Cobras won nine games in 2015-2016, eight in conference play. Johnson coached senior Jazz Green who was named to the All-SAC second team. Green finished fifth in the conference in points per game with 15.2 points per game as well as third in the conference in rebounds per game with 9.0.
Johnson takes the helm in her first head coaching position after having served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Northwestern State University. During her time at Northwestern State, she coached two All-Southland Conference selections.
A native of Hartsville, Johnson is an Olympic Gold Medalist and seven-time WNBA All-Star. She was also an American Basketball League (ABL) All-Star and she played overseas earning Copa De La Reina and Queen Cup MVP honors. During her 10-year WNBA career she played for the Seattle Storm (2009), the Houston Comets (2008), the Detroit Shock (2007), the San Antonio Stars (2004-06), the Connecticut Sun (2003), and the Orlando Miracle (1999-2002). She competed in the ABL for three seasons playing for the Columbus Quest, helping lead them to the ABL championships in 1997 and 1998.
She played internationally in Spain, Italy, Turkey, Poland, and Russia. She led her team to two championships in Spain and she was instrumental in her team’s 2008 Queen Cup Championship in Italy.
In 1996, Johnson was a member of the Jones Cup Gold Medal team, one year after earning a Bronze medal in the Jones Cup. She competed in the World University Games in 1997 and was a member of the 1998-99 United States Women’s National Team. She was a member of the 2004 USA Women’s Basketball Olympic Gold medal team, as well as a member of the 2004 World Champion Gold medal team.
As a student-athlete, Johnson was an All-American and four-time All-SEC selection at the University of South Carolina. In 1996 she was a finalist for the Wade Trophy, awarded to the best player in NCAA Division I, and she set the record for scoring in a season at South Carolina, averaging 24.7 points per game. She is the only player in South Carolina history to average more than 20 points per game for three consecutive seasons (1994-96). She is second all-time in career points (2,230) and points per game (20.5) at South Carolina and in 2004 her jersey was retired and she was inducted into the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
Off the court, Johnson is very active in the community having participated in the WNBA/NBA Care Program that encourages children to stay fit and take care of their neighborhoods. In 2001, she served on the Board of Directors for the Osceola Wish Foundation.
A 1996 graduate of the University of South Carolina, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Retailing.