Shawn Conrad recently completed his 13th season as the head coach of the Anna Maria men's basketball program in 2018-19. In 13 seasons, Conrad has totaled over 100 wins at Anna Maria and has led the AMCATS to two regular season conference championship titles, two Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship games, and four-straight postseason appearances.
He reached his 100th win at Anna Maria on January 14, 2015, in the AMCATS' 75-64 win against Mount Ida. It marked the 126th win of his career, including 26 wins in three years of coaching at Fitchburg State.
Conrad, the 2013 GNAC Coach of the Year, led the AMCATS to a number of accolades in 2012-13, including the GNAC regular-season title, and two GNAC major awards: Player of the Year, Anthony Click, and Defensive Player of the Year, Javier Bristol.
Click graduated as one of the most decorated players to play for Coach Conrad, as he was also named to the D3hoops.com 2013 All-Northeast Region second team and the 2013 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III Northeast All-District Second Team, and was honored as the AMCAT Male Athlete of the Year in his senior season. He was also an All-Conference selection and a D3Hoops All-Northeast Fourth Team selection as a junior. In his sophomore season, he was tabbed The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Player of the Year.
The 2012-13 squad recorded a program-best 17-game winning streak that included a pair of overtime games and 15 consecutive conference wins. For the first time in 17 years (1995-96) and only the fifth time in school history, the AMCATS topped the 20-win mark, finishing the season at 20-8. The team advanced to the GNAC tournament championship game and qualified for the ECAC tournament.
In 2012, Coach Conrad’s squad had an epic run in the GNAC Championship. As the No. 6 seed in the tournament, the AMCATS (14-15, 10-8 GNAC) earned hard-fought, one-point road victories against #3 Johnson & Wales and #2 St. Joseph's (ME) en route to the finals against powerhouse Albertus Magnus College. Anna Maria was also the No. 6 seed in the ECAC men’s basketball tournament.
In 2011, Conrad spearheaded the men’s basketball squad to the TCCC regular season title. The AMCATS finished with an 18-10 overall record and an incredible 11-2 conference mark while earning an appearance in the ECAC Tournament after a 14-year hiatus. Then sophomore Anthony Click was the recipient of the TCCC Player of the Year honors while Coach Conrad took home the TCCC Coach of the Year accolade. Seniors Chris Pinsonault and Junior de la Hoz were selected TCCC All-Conference second team.
Prior to becoming the seventh head coach in the program's history, Conrad coached at Fitchburg State College, where he compiled a 26-48 record in three years as head coach.
He began his coaching career at his Alma Mater, St. Peter-Marian High School, in 1986. After three years in the high school ranks, Coach Conrad elevated to the collegiate level, accepting the position of head coach at Quinsigamond Community College. Under his leadership, the QCC team posted a superb 131-55 record. He earned NJCAA Region 21 Division III Coach of the Year honors three times while leading the team to four-straight Massachusetts Community College State Championships and two appearances in the NJCAA Regional 21 Finals.
He also compiled stints as an assistant coach at Assumption College, The College of the Holy Cross, and Bryant Univeristy before coming to Anna Maria to work as an assistant coach under head coach Dave Shea for the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.
Conrad currently resides in Holden, Mass. with his wife Christine. Together they have three children: Meghan (Boston College '10), Daniel (Assumption '12), and Brian (Anna Maria '13).