Bishop Lynch announces hiring of new athletic director

Shawn Halloran
Shawn Halloran

Bishop Lynch High School proudly announces the hiring of Shawn Halloran as the new athletic director for the school.

The Massachusetts native officially takes over for Andy Zihlman on July 24. Zihlman served as athletic director for the past 16 years.

"I welcome him here and I'll do everything I can to make sure the transition goes smoothly," Zihlman said.

Halloran comes to Bishop Lynch from Conroe ISD, where he spent the last four years as an assistant football coach, head powerlifting coach and physical education teacher.

Prior to his time in Conroe were stints at Splendora and North Forest High Schools after 20 years of collegiate coaching experience including Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Franklin and Marshall College and Boston College.

"I believe this is a great fit for me and a tremendous opportunity for me and my family. I'm hoping to bring a dynamic view with my experience at the collegiate level, something I believe Bishop Lynch can benefit from," Halloran said. "The opportunity to meet alumni and be a face for the program while promoting the student-athletes is something I'm really looking forward to."

Halloran attended Oakmont Regional High School and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Speech Communications from Boston College in 1986. He played quarterback for the Eagles and was inducted into the Boston College Hall of Fame in 2002. He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1987 season and began his coaching career in 1991 as a graduate assistant with Boston College.

Bishop Lynch principal Dr. Chad Riley highlighted Halloran's ability to create successful relationships, a great quality for an athletic director in a program already in the spotlight.

"Mr. Halloran brings with him an inspiring perspective on developing relationships with student-athletes, coaches, and parents that will enhance a program that is already characterized by excellence," Riley said. "The athletic program is an important part of the overall mission of Bishop Lynch to develop and form young men and women in the Dominican heritage. His team-oriented approach will play a vital role in helping Bishop Lynch carry out this mission." 

Halloran takes over an athletic program currently residing at the top of TAPPS, having won two state titles, two more finishing as state runner-up and all programs earning playoff appearances during the 2016-17 school year. That sort of success is something he wants to carry over under his leadership.

"I want us to be at the top of our district in all sports and compete for state championships on a yearly basis," he said.

Halloran and his wife of 19 years, Nancy, have four children including daughters Cassidy (18), Riley (17), Dylan (15) and son Jack (13).