“Shannon Wilson was a really entertaining speaker. I really enjoyed the topic he spoke about because politics are a part of everything, including sports and that is generally something you don’t think about when getting involved.”
Charley Bingham, Kinesiology
“I enjoyed this because Shannon used real life experiences to what his job is all about. Hearing his stories really makes me want to be an athletic director even more.”
High School Sports: The New Politics
Clarkston High School (WA)
Shannon is currently in his eighth year as Athletic Director at Clarkston High School in Clarkston, WA. He oversees 13 sports at the 2A school and also serves as Vice Principal. During his tenure at Clarkston High School, the varsity athletic teams have achieved success on and off the field of play. In 2012 the girl's basketball team captured a state title. In 2015, CHS won state titles in wrestling, tennis and the boy’s basketball team captured the school’s first ever-state boy’s basketball championship. During his tenure, CHS has achieved numerous accolades for the academic achievement of student-athletes and non-student-athletes.
In addition to his athletic administrative duties, Shannon has been a basketball official for over 25 years. During that time he has officiated games at the junior high, high school, small college, and Division I level. Coaches, peers, and athletic administrators have recognized him for his role as a basketball official by selecting him to officiate high school state tournament games.
Originally from Orofino Idaho, Shannon graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in Education and began his career as a teacher and coach at Orofino High School before moving into interscholastic athletic administration.