Who is Bob Shannon?
Robert Lavern Shannon is a former high school football coach best known for coaching the East St. Louis Flyers to six Illinois and two national championship victories. Shannon left East St. Louis in the mid-90s after he became fed up with fiscal mismanagement in the school district. He coached for several other high schools before retiring from coaching in 2007 at the age of 63.
Shannon and the East St. Louis Flyers were the subject of the book The Right Kind of Heroes, by newspaper reporter Kevin Horrigan, who is now a columnist with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The book chronicles the Flyers' 1990 and 1991 seasons, during which they lost the state championship and then won it back. Pro football player Dana Howard and baseball player Homer Bush, then a high school football star, are among those in the book. Pro football player Bryan Cox, who played for Shannon's Flyers in the late 1980s, is also mentioned.