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Men's Basketball News & Highlights

September 25, 2013

Alumni Focus: Adam Shute, Men's Basketball '01

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Adam Shute's 50 3-pointers in the '00-'01 season were more than the rest of the team made combined.

Shute was a four year member of the men's basketball team. He was not a 1000 point scorer or a star, but he worked to become a starter for the Eagles in his final two seasons.

In his senior season, he made 50 3-pointers and averaged 8.5 points per game. He acknowledges that he was never the most talented player in the gym and that he had to really work to accomplish what he did on the basketball floor. His best asset was his ability to shoot from distance. He made more than half of his team's 3-pointers in his senior season. 

He married Colleen (nee McClure) in 2004. They have two children, and he is currently a Senior Managing Director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. His firm is located in Wayne, Pa. and consults in Commercial Real Estate.

In his job, he works with clients to maximize their profitability in Real Estate choices. His firm consults with major Real Estate Investment groups as they seek to secure commercial tenants and value properties. The group also works with companies, large and small, as the make business decisions on leases and locations. Shute relates that rent, for many businesses, is their second highest operating cost, so solid financial analysis is very important for both 'Mom and Pop' businesses and Fortune 500 companies. His firm consults with both.

While the job involves evaluating numbers and looking closely at financial data, it is also important to build trust in the relationship with clients.

He looks back on his time at Eastern with some great memories. "We had some great travel opportunities, including Chicago, Florida and Hawaii. That was especially neat for me since I was not well-traveled at that point. What I remember most is the camaraderie and relationship with the guys and the mentoring relationship with coaches." He remains in contact with many of his former teammates but admits that it does become more challenging as families grow and time passes.

A particular story that came up was the way the Eastern team started against a very good Wheaton College team in the 1999 season opener in suburban Chicago. After the host Crusaders (now called the Thunder) missed a pair of three pointers on the opening possession, Rob Spengler pulled down a defensive rebound, and the Eagles opened the scoring with a half-court set that resulted in a spectacular alley-oop dunk by high-flying forward Jose Oquendo.  The lead, however, did not last, and Wheaton pulled away to win the game.

Mike Schauer was an assistant coach for the Crusaders at the time. The next year, Schauer would come to Eastern as a head coach.

"I had the opportunity to work with a few coaches who really sound men, but Mike Schauer sticks out as a tremendous mentor in maturing me and sticking with me," Shute recalls. "I can't really put it into words, but he and my teammates believed in me and held me accountable even though at the time it was not what I wanted. That helped me to mature as a young man and in my faith. That made a huge difference."

Looking back at his time as an Eastern athlete, Shute realizes that he grew in maturity, responsibility, confidence and leadership through his experience as an Eastern athlete. He also recognized that in every step of the process his experience as a college athlete has been an advantage to him in the business world.  

When asked if he was working with his kids (2 & 4) on their basketball skills, he responded, "If they are only going to be as good as I was, then I think they should focus on another sport."

Shute has stayed connected with Eastern Athletics as an alumni representative on the Hall of Honor Committee. 

Through the 2013-14 academic year, Goeasterneagles.com is looking to profile young alumni. If you know of young alumni that are doing great things, use the contact button on right of the screen to send that person's name and contact info. Also, the Hall of Honor Committee is seeking nominations for future classes of inductees. The 2014 Class will be inducted in the fall of 2014. Click Here for a nomination form

Updated: Monday, 30 September 2013

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