Al Shanen served his country with distinction in Korea, as a member of the Army’s 34th Regimental Combat Team. Upon his return to Stamford, he launched a career that was to have a profound positive influence on so many young lives in his home town.
He was hired by the Stamford Public Schools System, and spent thirty-eight years as a Teacher, Guidance Counselor and Football Coach. As a coach, Al won the state championship in 1967 at Rippowam High School, and was responsible for the development of the immortal Bobby Valentine.
Not to be outdone, Al developed and was the founder of Stamford’s highly respected Pop Warner Football Program, while also serving his community as a member of the Board of Representatives and on the Democratic City Committee.
Al and his wife Barbara still live in Stamford. They have two daughters and two grand-daughters.