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February 12, 1997 | By Douglas Belkin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
If a teaspoon of water had been dropped for every word of criticism directed at the North Penn school board last night, board members would have ended the evening sitting in puddles. District leaders were labeled "liars," "dictators," "hypocrites" and "fools" by a two-hour procession of students, parents, and even a few faculty members for the way former football coach Joe Shannon was let go last week. Criticism also was leveled at the board for not making readily available the videotape of a controversial speech that board President Donna Mengel gave before students and teachers in November.
NEWS
July 14, 1994 | By Beth Onufrak, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Joe Shannon, an assistant coach for nine years under Bill Travers, has been named head football coach at North Penn. Shannon replaces Travers, who resigned with a 49-51-1 record after nine seasons and directed the 1993 team to a 7-4 record. "I don't expect any radical changes," said Shannon, who was named head coach July 5. "As a long-time assistant for Bill, I of course learned the most about coaching from Bill - I think you learn a little bit from everyone you coach with.
NEWS
January 7, 1999 | LINDA JOHNSON / Inquirer Suburban Staff
Most of the snow is man-made - witness the machine at right - but Joe Shannon of Philadelphia enjoys the skiing just the same at Spring Mountain Ski Resort in Spring Mountain, Pa.
SPORTS
April 10, 1997 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Joe Shannon will have to wait at least two more weeks to become a head football coach again. The former North Penn High coach was to be introduced as the new head coach at Upper Moreland at a news conference yesterday afternoon, but those plans were aborted in the morning, when athletic director Gary Kochersperger returned to the school after chaperoning the senior-class trip. Kochersperger learned that an official announcement would have to wait until after the next meeting of the Upper Moreland school board, scheduled for April 22. Generally, a coaching appointment is announced through a high school's athletic department, then approved at the next school-board meeting.
NEWS
September 12, 1994 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The coach and some of the players were new, or new to their positions. The outcome was familiar. North Penn, playing its season opener under first-year coach Joe Shannon on Friday evening, beat visiting Bensalem, 24-9. "I can't think of a better feeling than this victory," Shannon said. The win over the Owls (0-2, 0-1) was the seventh straight Suburban One League National Conference win for North Penn (1-0, 1-0), including last season. But that's where the similarities end. Shannon replaced Bill Travers as head coach, and sophomore Harold Padgett took over the running-back position formerly occupied by Jeff Yeakel, the school's all-time leading rusher, who is now at Hofstra.
SPORTS
April 9, 1997 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Joe Shannon, deposed as head football coach at North Penn High in February while he was preparing his players for next season, will be named the new head coach at Upper Moreland during a news conference this afternoon at the high school in Willow Grove. Shannon had an 18-15 record in three seasons as head coach at North Penn and had been an assistant at the school for nine seasons before taking the top post before the 1994 season. Representatives from the North Penn school board had contacted Mike Pettine, then head coach at William Tennent, about becoming coach at the school in Towamencin Township, and they did not inform Shannon of his imminent dismissal until after Pettine was hired.
NEWS
August 11, 1995 | By Nick Fierro, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Jason Wallace, North Penn's highly recruited lineman, has given an oral commitment to play football for Penn State. Wallace, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound senior, plays offensive and defensive tackle for the Knights, as well as on all special teams. He is projected as a defensive end in college, North Penn coach Joe Shannon said. "I basically like the coaching staff and the tradition they have and their reputation for getting people through school," said Wallace, who informed Penn State coach Joe Paterno of his decision on Tuesday.
NEWS
September 11, 1995 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Council Rock's first play from scrimmage brought opportunity, injury and renewed intensity. Senior running back Mike Erlandson reeled off 14 yards, but went down with a broken ankle on the play. However, the Indians scored a touchdown on the drive and held on for a 16-7 win over host North Penn in Friday's Suburban One National football game at Crawford Stadium. "We dedicated the game to him," Council Rock senior quarterback Sean Hylind said. "We had a gut check on that play.
NEWS
August 30, 1995 | By Nick Fierro, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
North Penn seemingly has every ingredient for a successful football season: depth, size, speed, strength and a positive attitude. Now, if only the team can shed this albatross from around its neck. "In the first half of the last two seasons," said second-year head coach Joe Shannon, "we've been 2-7. In the second half, we're 10-2. We've gotten a reputation through the league of being tough to stop in the second half. " Of course, it also means North Penn has been vulnerable early, which might be good news for Council Rock, Bensalem and Abington, the Knights' first three opponents this year.
SPORTS
April 24, 1997 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It wasn't news when Joe Shannon was introduced as the new head football coach at Upper Moreland yesterday afternoon. That was known three weeks ago, but Shannon, ousted as head coach at North Penn in January, had to wait until the Upper Moreland school board approved his double appointment as teacher and coach at its meeting on Tuesday night. What Shannon and Upper Moreland athletic director Gary Kochersperger addressed yesterday was the new direction for the Bears' football program, and Shannon's commitment to education.
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SPORTS
September 11, 2000 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Upper Moreland coach Joe Shannon has been a vocal opponent of the early start of high school football in Pennsylvania, always on Labor Day weekend. In his four seasons at Upper Moreland, Shannon's teams have played on that first weekend just once, last year. Even though they started a week later, this year's Golden Bears opened with a 34-0 victory at Jenkintown on Saturday afternoon. "I never wanted to play on Labor Day weekend, but after we did last year, I do now," Shannon said.
SPORTS
September 6, 1999 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Akio Fisher, Upper Moreland's diminutive running back, was asked whether opposing players ever underestimated his abilities. "Always," the 5-foot-2, 138-pound junior replied. Fisher now has the respect of Jenkintown's players and coaching staff. He carried the ball 22 times for 136 yards and all three of Upper Moreland's touchdowns as the Golden Bears blanked the visiting Drakes, 21-0, Friday night in the nonleague season opener for both teams. "I try to make sure the players on the other team have to respect what I can do," Fisher said.
NEWS
January 7, 1999 | LINDA JOHNSON / Inquirer Suburban Staff
Most of the snow is man-made - witness the machine at right - but Joe Shannon of Philadelphia enjoys the skiing just the same at Spring Mountain Ski Resort in Spring Mountain, Pa.
SPORTS
September 22, 1997 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Like several of his teammates, Upper Moreland running back John DiValentino had difficulty containing his excitement. "This is unreal," said DiValentino after the Golden Bears held off visiting Quakertown, 38-32, Friday night in a Suburban One League American Conference football game. "I can't describe it. A win like this picks up the players, the schools, the fans, everybody. " The jubilant DiValentino rushed for a season-high 213 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries as Upper Moreland, a team that had gone a combined 2-21 the last two seasons, improved to 3-0 overall and won its first league game since November of 1994.
SPORTS
May 30, 1997 | By Joe Fite, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
To be a head coach in the Montgomery County All-Star Football Game is to have the luxury of picking your offensive poison. North head coach Joe Shannon of Upper Moreland can go with three running backs who together gained close to 4,500 yards rushing. He also can go with a classic drop-back passer or a sprint-out quarterback. South head coach Steve Schein of Upper Merion can boast of Mike Bramowski, a running back and quarterback from Plymouth-Whitemarsh, which made it to the District 1 Class AAAA championship game.
SPORTS
April 24, 1997 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It wasn't news when Joe Shannon was introduced as the new head football coach at Upper Moreland yesterday afternoon. That was known three weeks ago, but Shannon, ousted as head coach at North Penn in January, had to wait until the Upper Moreland school board approved his double appointment as teacher and coach at its meeting on Tuesday night. What Shannon and Upper Moreland athletic director Gary Kochersperger addressed yesterday was the new direction for the Bears' football program, and Shannon's commitment to education.
SPORTS
April 10, 1997 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Joe Shannon will have to wait at least two more weeks to become a head football coach again. The former North Penn High coach was to be introduced as the new head coach at Upper Moreland at a news conference yesterday afternoon, but those plans were aborted in the morning, when athletic director Gary Kochersperger returned to the school after chaperoning the senior-class trip. Kochersperger learned that an official announcement would have to wait until after the next meeting of the Upper Moreland school board, scheduled for April 22. Generally, a coaching appointment is announced through a high school's athletic department, then approved at the next school-board meeting.
SPORTS
April 9, 1997 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Joe Shannon, deposed as head football coach at North Penn High in February while he was preparing his players for next season, will be named the new head coach at Upper Moreland during a news conference this afternoon at the high school in Willow Grove. Shannon had an 18-15 record in three seasons as head coach at North Penn and had been an assistant at the school for nine seasons before taking the top post before the 1994 season. Representatives from the North Penn school board had contacted Mike Pettine, then head coach at William Tennent, about becoming coach at the school in Towamencin Township, and they did not inform Shannon of his imminent dismissal until after Pettine was hired.
NEWS
February 12, 1997 | By Douglas Belkin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
If a teaspoon of water had been dropped for every word of criticism directed at the North Penn school board last night, board members would have ended the evening sitting in puddles. District leaders were labeled "liars," "dictators," "hypocrites" and "fools" by a two-hour procession of students, parents, and even a few faculty members for the way former football coach Joe Shannon was let go last week. Criticism also was leveled at the board for not making readily available the videotape of a controversial speech that board President Donna Mengel gave before students and teachers in November.
SPORTS
February 5, 1997 | By Frank Bertucci and Nick Fierro, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENTS
Mike Pettine couldn't have expected that at 30 years old he would already have more head coaching jobs than his father has had. And Joe Shannon couldn't have expected that he would be ousted from his job as a result. But with Monday's surprise announcement that the younger Mike Pettine would be leaving William Tennent to replace Shannon as head football coach at North Penn, he'll be one job ahead of his father, the coach at Central Bucks West. "Four weeks ago, I didn't think I'd be in this position," Pettine said.
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