Canisius women’s basketball coach Terry Zeh has announced that former University of Rhode Island standout Megan Shoniker has been hired as an assistant coach.
Shoniker comes to Canisius after spending the past two seasons as a staff associate at St. John Fisher College. Shoniker assisted with player development, recruiting and video operations while also completing her Master’s degree in special education.
“I have known Megan for a long time and have always admired her work ethic and professionalism,” Zeh said. “She is one of the all-time great high school basketball players to come from Western New York, and we stayed in contact since her high school career.
“I think she possesses all the qualities necessary to be a great collegiate coach.”
The Rochester, N.Y. native was a two-time captain at Rhode Island and scored 1,318 points, made 158 3-pointers and recorded 301 assists in her collegiate career. Shoniker earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors when she ranked 25th in the country with an 18.9 points per game average as a senior. The physical education major also earned Academic All-Conference honors as a senior while also being named to the Capital One Academic All-District Second Team.
After her collegiate career, Shoniker played in Belarus with Team Olimpia Grodno where she earned First-Team All-Belarusian League and First-Team All-Import.
A graduate of Greece Arcadia High School, Shoniker left the school as Monroe County’s all-time leading scorer with 2,216 career points.
“I am honored and excited to be joining the Canisius College community and women’s basketball program. It is a tremendous privilege to have the opportunity to learn from Coach Zeh and his first-class staff at this point in my career,” Shoniker said. “I’m excited to bring my experiences as both a Division I and professional player to the Golden Griffins and, as a Western New York native, I look forward to using my local ties to bring in talented student-athletes that can help the Canisius women’s basketball program compete at the highest level.”
Shoniker replaces Cetera Washington, who moved to her hometown of Kalamazoo, Mich. to take an assistant coaching position at Western Michigan University.