Release Date: 
Monday, January 6, 2020

HFC welcomes new volleyball coach

Shannon Braun is the new head volleyball coach for the 2020-21 season.
Shannon Braun is the new head volleyball coach for the 2020-21 season.

Shannon Braun joins HFC athletics program as the new head volleyball coach for the 2020-21 season, replacing “Coach Mo,” Rosemary Motamedi, who resigned for personal reasons at the end of the 2019 season.

“Coach Braun brings great passion, knowledge, and experience to the HFC coaching staff. She currently serves as 18 Elite Boost National Volleyball Coach and State Level Position Training Head Coach for the Legacy Volleyball Club in Novi. She also has served as head volleyball coach at Schoolcraft College, a non-scholarship Division III member of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Eastern Conference. I am confident that her ability to recruit scholarship players to HFC, her knowledge of the conference, and her ability to help players reach their full potential on the court will lead our program to success in both the conference and the region,” said HFC Athletic Director Rochelle Taylor.

Passionate about volleyball

Braun, who is currently the director of quality control of the Vconverter Corp. in Whitmore Lake, has been passionate about volleyball since she was 11. So passionate, the Pinconning High School alumna started a volleyball program at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture.

“They didn’t have a volleyball team at LTU, so I would play with alumni on the weekends,” recalled Braun, of South Lyon. “One day, the athletic director asked me if I’d like to form a team, and I did. It was a club team, where I held roles as both coach and team captain. It didn’t turn into a varsity sport until its third or fourth year.”

Veteran coach

Braun has coached volleyball for more than 10 years. She is in her sixth season as the head coach for the Legacy Volleyball Club. She has also coached the Catholic Youth Organization at St. Joseph Catholic Church in South Lyon, as well as served as the coach of the volleyball team at Walled Lake Western High School for five years (two years as the freshman coach, three years as the varsity coach). For the last two years, she’s coached at Schoolcraft.

She’s excited to coach at HFC.

“I’m looking forward to the ability to be competitive at the Division II level,” said Braun. “I want to build a strong program, especially as the travel season begins, when I’ll be able to get a great deal of recruiting done.”

"I would like to promote (HFC) as much as possible"

Another high priority on Braun’s list is making sure the returning players are comfortable with her taking over from Coach Mo, who was the head coach for four years.

“HFC has a lot to offer that many people don’t realize,” said Braun. “That’s disappointing, to be honest. I would like to promote the College as much as possible and the great academic and athletics program we have here.”