The Free Press, Mankato, MN

College Sports

August 2, 2008

Schonrock hired as full-time assistant at Winona

MANKATO — From 2002-2006, Blue Earth’s Shannon Schonrock was the pride of southern Minnesota as a key member of the University of Minnesota’s successful women’s basketball program.

She belied the skeptics who said she was too short to play Big Ten basketball, earning Gopher MVP honors in 2006 and receiving All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2005. She is Minnesota’s all-time leader in three-point field goals (230).

Schonrock’s career ended in 2006 when she graduated with a degree in sports management. Since then she has flown under the radar, but southern Minnesota basketball fans are about to become re-acquainted with Schonrock in a big way.

Schonrock has been hired as a full-time assistant coach at Winona State. That means she’ll be making regular appearances at Minnesota State’s Bresnan Arena and at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall during each basketball season.

It will actually be Schonrock’s second season with the Warriors as she came on as a second assistant coach in the fall of 2007. She was promoted to full-time assistant last spring.

“I’m definitely excited about it,” she said. “It’s a great athletic department with really good people and I get along with coach Ballard pretty well.”

That Schonrock has operated out of the limelight since leaving the Gophers is no accident. She’s never been one to seek attention and always gives credit for any successes she’s had to teammates and coaches.

Few can dispute that she was a high-achiever at Minnesota. She played in every game of her collegiate career (107) — starting 102 of them. She led the team to four NCAA appearances, where the Gophers made it to the Sweet Sixteen three times and to the Final Four once.

Despite her success, she never seriously considered trying out for a WNBA team.

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