After a four-year career with the Illini and time spent as a player with the Chicago Red Stars and the Republic of Ireland National Team, Shannon McDonnell returns to the University of Illinois as a volunteer assistant coach. As an assistant, McDonnell will help in all aspects of practice and select additional areas within the program after spending one year as an assistant coach at the University of Chicago during 2011-12.
McDonnell spent four seasons as a midfielder with the Orange and Blue from 2004-07, teaming with her sister, Mary Therese, during that time to help lead the Illini to a 56-28-7 overall record and four NCAA Tournament berths, including a spot in the 2004 Elite Eight and 2006 Sweet Sixteen. During her time with Illinois as a player, McDonnell also competed for the Windy City Bluez of the W-League and the Chicago Gaels before joining the Chicago Red Stars in 2011. Since 2009, McDonnell has been a member of the Irish National Team as well and has accumulated 10 caps with the squad during her tenure.