After playing three varsity sports as a freshman at Edward Little High, Shanahan transferred to Coburn Classical Institute in the fall of 1922 when his family moved to Boston.
He starred for three years in football (end-back), basketball (forward), and baseball (infield-outfield) at Coburn.
He was football-basketball captain two years running and captained all three sports his senior year.
Shanahan was a football-basketball standout at Holy Cross from his freshman year on. He gained All-American honorable mention in 1928.
After graduation from Holy Cross College, he had great success as a coach at Brooklyn Prep and Lewiston High School.
He remained on the scene as a football and basketball official, as well as a broadcaster for WLAM, many years after his 1945 retirement from his three-sport star in basketball and hockey in Lewiston.
Shanahan coached his first Lewiston football team to a 9-0 record and the 1939 state championship. Other sterling campaigns followed. His baseball teams won four straight state crowns, 1942-'45.
He interrupted his retirement to serve as Bates College's interim basketball coach for one season, 1945-'46, and steered the Bobcats to an 18-1 mark - their only loss a one-pointer to Colby in the game that decided the state championship.
Hyrne was also pleased to see son Jack start in coaching when he tutored the Crusader frosh eleven in 1929.
Among his many prize Lewiston pupils were several who became teacher-coaches themselves and gave frequent testimony to Shanahan's strong and abiding influence on them.
These included Norm Parent, later a Bates football-baseball standout, who coached six state championship teams at Lewiston; Dick Gibson, St. Dom's High three-sport mentor and a Lewiston High administrator; Chick Leahey, Bates baseball coach still going strong after 30 years in the post.
Shanahan now resides in Winter Haven, Florida, and has a daughter, Maureen Rock, and son, John.
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.