Shannon Sykora enters his third year in a head coaching capacity of the women's golf team. He was named the acting head coach in June 2012, and took over as head coach in March 2013.
For two years, Sykora served as the assistant coach for the Buccaneers men’s and women’s golf teams. He brought over 11 years of professional and instructional experience to Barry, which included four years of private instruction.
In 2013-14, Sykora guided Barry to an NCAA Championships runner-up. It was the third straight trip to the NCAA Championships under his leadership. Barry won four tournaments during the season. The Bucs set a school record for low round (289) in the second round of the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Nicky Ferre was named a Second Team All-American.
In 2012-13, Sykora led the Buccaneers to a third place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Sophomore golfer Nancy Vergara won the individual national title, shooting a rock solid 3-over 291 in Daytona Beach. It marked the first time in school history the Bucs qualified for back-to-back national championship events. Barry won the Flagler Fall Slam, while finishing second in the Division II Fall Preview and Southwest Minnesota State Spring Invite. Both of their runner-up finishes came on the course where the NCAA Championships were held. Vergara became Barry's first individual national champion.
In 2011-12, Sykora helped the women’s team capture a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships in Louisville. It marked only the second time in the women’s golf program’s history the Bucs qualified for the NCAA Championships. Barry also won three events during the season. He also served as the men’s assistant coach in 2011-12, helping Barry finish tied for fifth at the NCAA Championships. The Bucs won three tournaments during the season, finished runner-up five times and held the No. 1 national ranking for most of the year.
In 2010-11, Sykora has helped the men’s and women’s programs to a combined 163-61-1 record and a pair of tournament wins, including one with the women’s team at the Flagler Fall Slam, and another with the men’s team at the Buccaneer Invitational.
Prior to joining the Barry coaching staff, Sykora served as the First Assistant Golf Professional at Teton Pines Country Club in Jackson, Wyo. At Teton Pines, he was the lead junior instructor.
Prior to Teton Pines, Sykora served as the head professional at Pine Island Ridge Country Club in Davie, Fla. Sykora was responsible for overseeing all aspects of golf operations. Sykora oversaw the direction of an active teaching program at the club.
In addition to his professional experience, Sykora played professionally for 12 years. He played in two PGA Tour events. Beginning in 1995, his extended tour stops include the Web.com Tour, European Tour, Challenge Tour, New England Tour, North Atlantic Tour and the Tour De Las Americas.
In 1998, Sykora made the cut at the B.C. Open in one of his two PGA Tour events. He also played in the tournament the previous year.
Sykora won 11 events on the North Atlantic Tour, and was the 1998 NAT Player of the Year and the leading money winner on the tour. During that season, he won eight tournaments, including six on the North Atlantic Tour.
In 2000, he tied for 12th twice while on the Web.com Tour, doing so at the Steamtown Classic in Scranton, Pa., and at the Cleveland Open.
That same year, Sykora was the runner-up at the Peruvian Open in Lima, Peru on the Tour de las Americas, which now operates as the Latin America PGA Tour. He picked up his second runner-up finish in 2000 at the Brazilian Open in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
In 2001, he won the New Hampshire State Open Championship. That same year, he was the Massachusetts Open runner-up.
From 2004-07, he competed on the Challenge Tour and New England Tour. In 2004, Sykora finished fourth on the New England Tour money winner’s list.
In 2008, while working at Teton Pines, Sykora won the PGA Rocky Mountain Section Championship in Cody, Wyo. His win qualified him for the PGA Assistants National Championships.
Sykora has over 20 tour victories worldwide, and has competed in hundreds of professional events.
Sykora is a 1994 graduate of the University of Tulsa with a bachelor’s degree in communications.