The Edmonds School District put second-year Edmonds-Woodway girls basketball coach Shannon Akin on administrative leave prior to the Warriors’ game against Shorewood Jan. 5.
“Shannon wasn’t coaching because she was placed on administrative leave today,” Edmonds School District athletic director Terri McMahan said on Jan. 5.
Akin declined to comment when reached by The Enterprise several times.
McMahan said administrative leave is a step that’s taken when issues are brought up that require a review by the school district. She declined to be more specific as to what the issues are, who brought up them up, or why the district made its decision to put Akin on leave.
McMahan said administrative leave is intended to be a neutral term, not punitive in nature. What action the district takes next depends on the outcome of the review.
Since Akin is not working for the district right now she is not supposed to be in contact with players at practices and games, McMahan confirmed.
Assistant Amber Shelley, who filled in for Akin along with assistant Christi Osburn, declined comment after the game, referring inquiries to Edmonds School District officials.
Edmonds-Woodway is 2-4 in the Western Conference South Division and 3-7 overall this year. Akin, a former Shorecrest assistant, coached the Warriors to fifth-place finish in the Wesco South last year (10-8 league, 10-12 overall) and a 4A district playoff berth.