February 12, 1997 |
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.
July 14, 1994 |
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.
January 7, 1999 |
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.
April 10, 1997 |
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.
September 12, 1994 |
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.
April 9, 1997 |
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.
August 11, 1995 |
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.
September 11, 1995 |
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.
August 30, 1995 |
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.
April 24, 1997 |
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.