High School Group Coach 

John Shannon Royster


High School Group Coach


Shannon has been an assistant coach for NOVA South since 2009.  He began his swimming career at Wood-Dale at an early age of 4 because he wanted to follow in his older siblings footsteps.  He joined the year round swim team of at the age of 8 called the Tritons of Petersburg, which became VACS.  He enjoyed great success as a swimmer as he won several events at the Virginia Junior Olympics and swam with the Virginia All-Star team in Buffalo, NY at Zones.

Shannon went on to juggle many sports through high school as he played football and basketball while still swimming competitively.  During this time, he developed a love for coaching as he was an assistant coach for Wood-Dale for 4 years before becoming the head coach.  He also started giving swimming lessons there as his love for younger children grew.  During that time, he went on to swim in college at Longwood where he displayed swimming leadership and became captain of the team for 3 years.  In 1999, Shannon graduated with a BA in history with the purpose of becoming a 4th generation educator.

He returned to his hometown of Hopewell, VA and taught 8th grade civics for 6 years at Carter G. Woodson Middle . During which time he married his college sweetheart and attended Virginia State University where he received his Masters in School Administration. In 2005 he became the 6th grade assistant principal at Carter G. Woodson Middle School. Shannon’s love for coaching children became a passion as he created the sports program at the middle school, of which he is now athletic director.  He has coached the middle school basketball team from its inception to 3 consecutive championship titles with 69 wins and only 3 losses.  In addition he has been an assistant baseball coach for the middle school. In 1999 he began coaching varsity football for Hopewell High School. He was the passing coordinator for the 2003 State Championship team while coaching the wide receivers. 

Shannon completed his 10th season as the head coach at the  Swim and Yacht Club in Colonial Heights.  He has coached the SYC Barracudas to five Southside League Championship regular season titles – 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009.  His team has also won the first place title at the Championship meet in the years of 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009.