Owls cut 24-point second-half deficit to seven points in final two minutes
Shannon Litton begins her 12th season at Florida Atlantic and 15th overall on Chancellor Dugan's staff. In her previous 10 years as an assistant, she has helped Dugan lead the Owls to success not previously seen by FAU in Division I. Her responsibilities include scouting opponents, recruiting and scheduling opponents.
As the Owls completed their third year of Sun Belt play in 2008-09, she assisted an FAU team that was among the countries most improved. The Owls faced four teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season, two of which FAU defeated (UCF and Middle Tennessee). In three years that FAU has been in the Sun Belt, Litton helped guide the team against 12 NCAA Tournament qualifiers.
With Litton on the bench in 2005-06, Florida Atlantic won its first A-Sun Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time, since 1992-93. The Owls set school records for conference wins, going 16-4, and tallied the most wins since 1993-94 with an overall record of 20-11.
Last season's success was the latest peak in a turnaround that started when Litton came on board in 1999-2000. With her serving as Dugan's only assistant that first season, the Owls had the best one-year turnaround in program and A-Sun history, winning 10 more games overall than they had the prior year and nine games more in conference play. Two seasons later, Florida Atlantic went 17-14, marking the program's best Division I performance at the time, and reached the 2002 A-Sun Championship game.
Before coming to Florida Atlantic, Litton spent five years (1994-1999) as an assistant on Dugan's staff at the University of Southern Indiana, one of the nation's top Division II basketball programs. The duo averaged 24 wins per season while winning three conference titles and an NCAA Regional championship.
USI went 100-16 during Litton's first four seasons (1994-1998). The 1996-97 team was 30-2, won a team-record 29-consecutive games and advanced to the national championship game.
Litton graduated in 1993 from Morehead State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Health and played basketball from 1988 to 1992. Before joining Dugan's staff at USI in 1994, Litton taught and coached at Monroe County (KY) High School in 1993-94 and Fleming County (KY) High School in 1992-93, serving as an assistant varsity and head JV coach at both stops.
Litton is originally from Maysville, KY, and graduated from Mason County High School, where she helped her team advance to three Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) state tournaments.
Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH
Education: Morehead State (Physical Education, 1993)
Played at Morehead State: 1989-1993
Seasons at FAU: 11 (Entering 12th season)
LITTON COACHING EXPERIENCE:
1992-93: Fleming County HS, Asst. Varsity - Head JV Coach
1993-94: Monroe County HS, Asst. Varsity - Head JV Coach
1994-99: University of Southern Indiana - Assistant Coach
1999-Pres: Florida Atlantic University - Assistant Coach