This will be Shannon Hoyt's second season with the Cougars after joining the Washington State program as an assistant coach in February of 1998.
Hoyt was born January 22, 1971, in Davenport, Iowa, and growing up attended volleyball camps staffed by Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick and her husband Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh.
Hoyt graduated from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, with a bachelor of arts degree in sports management in 1993. While at St. Ambrose, Hoyt earned first team all-conference honors in 1989, 1991, and 1992 and all-district accolades in 1991 and 1992. She was the team captain two years, the most valuable player once, and given the Stephanie Mullion's Award for leadership. Named to the Dean's list, Hoyt was also selected the school's outstanding sport management major.
During the spring of her junior and senior years in college, Hoyt was an administrative assistant for the Quad City River Bandits minor league baseball team, an A affiliate of the California Angels and then the Houston Astros. One of her more challenging duties included development of temporary playing fields during the flood of 1993.
After graduation, Hoyt served as the assistant track and volleyball coach at her alma mater for one year. She was named the head volleyball coach in August of 1994. On her way to 100 wins in only three seasons, Hoyt's St. Ambrose 1995 an 1996 volleyball teams won conference championships and played in the 1995 NAIA National Volleyball Championship Tournament. Hoyt was selected conference coach of the year in 1995.
While at St. Ambrose, Hoyt also served as assistant softball coach, coordinator for men's and women's tennis, and assistant to the athletic director. She earned her masters in business administration in May 1996 from St. Ambrose.
During the spring of 1997, Hoyt was an assistant volleyball coach at New Mexico State, moving to the first assistant's position at Northern Illinois that June. The NIU Huskies won the Mid-American Conference and went on to play in the NCAA Championship Tournament, losing in the second round to final-four participants, Penn State.
Hoyt has been responsible for many volleyball camps including Reebok and Nike, Northern Illinois, Bettendorf, and Davenport North High setter camp in Iowa. She has been involved with many USA volleyball club teams and has worked with several charity events and children's activities.