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Wednesday, January 05, 2011Marshall Shumate has been adjusting to the demands of a new job and spending time with his family. He managed to find some time to answer some questions for lipscombsports.com as this week’s “Where Are They Now”? feature.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb?
"1974 – 1977."
Who were your coaches?
“Ken Dugan, Buddy Harston and Roy Pardue. Gary Davis, women's softball coach at Lipscomb High, was the assistant coach my freshman year.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“Participating in the development and delivery of truly great teams, including Lipscomb's first National Championship Team in 1977.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb?
“Coach Ken Dugan, of course, and more indirectly Coach Don Meyer.”
“First would be their commitment to and demands for perfection in the execution of fundamentals and teamwork.
“Almost exclusively they recruited athletes that also exhibited specific leadership traits, trained athletes how to use those traits in a team environment, and set high expectations for the implementation of athletic performance and leadership skills.
“Consequently, their teams were full of higher level, well-trained athletes and leaders that succeeded in high levels of team competition.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“The collective experience - dorm life, campus life and my observance of the dedication of faculty and staff to Christian ministry as educators and mentors.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“For reasons yet unknown to me I have just never been a disciplined classroom learner, but I am a prolific observer. I highly appreciate the personal responsibility that I gained in that atmosphere to strive for higher levels of personal character, faith and values.”
Who was your favorite professor?
“One that I had for only one course - Charles Frasier.”
“My assessment of him was that he was the consummate multi-tasker as a founding partner in a successful CPA firm, professor, family man, among other responsibilities. And In all of it he exhibited much joy.
“For that one course: I had no money - I mean I was going to have to make it on about $50 for the whole quarter, and I didn't want to ask my parents for more. I thought that the course would be so easy that I decided to save my money and not buy the course book! Well, I barely passed. I apologized to him for missing so much class, revealed to him that I never bought a book, and he said something like `...in 30 years you'll never even think about this grade...'. Well, Mr. Frasier, it has been over 30 years and I still hate having that sorry grade in that easy course on my transcript.”
Where do you live now?
"My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org."
Who is your employer?
“EH Building Systems, New Braunfels, Texas. “
What is your occupation?
“Vice President of Sales and Marketing.”
What does your position entail?
“I am part of a new management team that is repositioning this manufacturer of a sustainable, cost effective, energy efficient building system, in anticipation of new opportunities to be created in our rationalized economy and though heightened environmental awareness.”
Tell us about your family.
“Jacquelynn Jones Shumate is my wife of 31 years. We met at Lipscomb. We have two daughters, Alexandrea, 19, a freshman at Lipscomb University; and Olivia, 14, who is in the 8th grade at David Lipscomb Middle School.”