April 10, 2006


Shannon Hughey Named Womenís Gymnastics Assistant Coach of the Year by NACGC/W


Providence, RIóThe National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches of Women (NACGC/W) has named Rhode Island College assistant womenís gymnastics coach Shannon Hughey the Assistant Womenís Gymnastics Coach of the Year for the East Region (Div. III).


Hughey, who is in her first year as an assistant coach under RIC head coach Bob Nannig, helped three Anchorwomen gymnasts qualify for the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships as specialists.


Hughey is responsible for assisting coach Nannig with all phases of the RIC women's gymnastics program including recruiting, scouting, administering practices and meet coaching.


The Warwick, Rhode Island native was a four-year letterwinner in gymnastics at RIC from 1999-03. She holds the top three scores on bars in Rhode Island College womenís gymnastics history with marks of 9.650, 9.400 and 9.375 set during her senior year in 2002-03. She qualified for the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championships three times during her career. She qualified as a vault and bars specialist as a senior in 2002-03, on bars and floor as a junior in 2001-02, and as an all-around specialist during her sophomore year in 2000-01.


Hughey was also a standout on RICís womenís lacrosse teams in 2001 and 2002. As a junior attack wing in 2002, she was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. In nine games, she had 25 goals for 25 points, leading the team in goals, points, caused turnovers and draw controls.


The Speaker of the House and the Rhode Island House of Representatives named her a Distinguished Student-Athlete in both 2002 and 2003. She earned a bachelorís degree in biology from Rhode Island College in 2003.


In addition to her coaching duties, she is an orthopedic medical sales representative with EBI Medical Systems. She is currently engaged and resides in West Warwick, Rhode Island.