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October 31, 2013

Hughes, News & Views: Shaw preparing for 20th season as Rose-Hulman coach

TERRE HAUTE — When Rose-Hulman men’s basketball coach Jim Shaw gets introduced to the Hulman Center crowd before Sunday afternoon’s exhibition game against Indiana State, think of the old saying “time flies when you’re having fun.”

This will mark the 20th season that Shaw has guided the NCAA Division III Engineers. Having compiled a 281-215 record over the previous 19 campaigns, he ranks No. 2 on the institute’s all-time victories list, trailing only John Mutchner and his 340 (1963-88).

Before assuming his current position, Shaw served as an assistant coach to Bill Fenlon (now the man in charge at DePauw) and Bill Perkins for five seasons. And before that, Shaw got his start in the sport as an assistant to Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame coach Pat Rady at Terre Haute South High School in the late 1980s.

When Shaw was first hired to succeed Perkins on the Rose bench in the fall of 1994, it was on an interim basis.

One season later — with more job security — he was coaching the Engineers to an Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship and the first of his five Division III tournament appearances.

Back in 1994, Shaw never thought about how long he’d remain at Rose-Hulman when he took charge of its men’s program.

“You’re just doing the job, doing the best you can and you’re not really looking 20 years down the road,” he reflected before a practice this week. “You’re barely looking 20 minutes down the road.”

Although Shaw didn’t want to talk much about himself, preferring to focus more on his players getting ready for ISU and the start of another regular season Nov. 22 at Washington (St. Louis) University, he did admit that his time at Rose has been gratifying.

“It’s been a great place to work,” he said. “It’s been a great place to coach. Most of all, I’ve had such a great opportunity to work with such wonderful young people. I feel really blessed to have been a part of their lives and have them be a part of mine.”

Turning his attention to the ISU exhibition, Shaw described it as “a first opportunity for each of us to play a game in front of people.”

“Even though there’s an obvious discrepancy in backgrounds and levels, it should be a fun event,” he continued. “It’s a great opportunity for us to play a Division I opponent in a large arena and we’re looking forward to it. And I hope both teams can get a valuable learning experience out of it.”

The last time these programs met for a men’s basketball exhibition was 2010, so Shaw is happy to renew the “crosstown rivalry,” although he doesn’t really consider Indiana State a rival.

“I feel like if we do it every year, the bloom comes off the rose a little bit,” he noted. “So we got away from it. It’s kind of a situation where we see if things can work out on a yearly basis.”

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n Yes, time does fly — Continuing our walk down Memory Lane, today (yes, Nov. 1) marks my 35th anniversary of working for the Tribune-Star.

Before you say I don’t look old enough to have worked anywhere that long, remember that I started when I was 2. (That line never works anymore.)

My early years were spent as a part-time news reporter and obituary writer for the old Terre Haute Star — I even helped cover a well-known murder at the time — then I was switched to part-time sports reporter in the mid-1980s. After that — let’s break out the clichés — the rest is history.

Fame, fortune, glory.

My own parking spot in front of the building?

Still working on that.

Seriously, I’ve had plenty of fun assignments over the years. Here’s a recap of my 10 favorite:

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