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New Hampshire women's basketball hires Megan Shoniker as head coach

One of Monroe County's all-time great girls basketball players has taken on a new role in her playing career.

Megan Shoniker, who played for Arcadia Greek High School in the mid-2000s and led the team to its only NYSPHSAA title in 2004, has accepted the position of women's basketball head coach at the University of New Hampshire, a Division I program that participates in competitions at the America East Conference.

Shoniker was introduced as the program's new head coach during a press conference Thursday, following an official announcement last month.

“We had a huge pool and some great candidates … but Megan Shoniker stood out among them all,” UNH athletics director Allison Rich said. “She has fantastic experience across multiple institutions, has been an outstanding player and has worked in all aspects of coaching and leading a team. We are very pleased to have her on board.”

“I'm extremely passionate, I'm energetic, I'm competitive, but I'm also extremely positive,” Shoniker said when asked to describe her coaching style. “My whole goal with these young women is to inspire and motivate them and put them in the best possible position to be successful, not just on the field but in life.”

During her interscholastic career, Shoniker was a four-time All-Greater Rochester selection and was named Monroe County Division II Player of the Year three times. During her freshman year, Shoniker averaged 16.3 points, 5.6 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 steals as the Titans went 24-1 and marched to the Class AA state title.

Shoniker graduated in 2007 as Monroe County's all-time leading scorer with 2,216 points.

After Arcadia, Shoniker played four seasons at the University of Rhode Island, where she holds program records in minutes played, free throws made and field goal attempts. She then played professionally in Belarus for a year.

Shoniker's coaching career began in 2012 at St. John Fisher College, where she supported the women's basketball program in various capacities as a graduate student. Stints at Canisius, Binghamton and Rhode Island followed before Shoniker was named New Hampshire's next head coach.

The Wildcats finished the 2023-24 season at 9-20 and have not posted a winning record since 2017-18.

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