When Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head football coach Jim Provost is asked to describe Patrick Shea the accolades come easily. “Pat is a great player and leader, but an even better person. Although not big in stature, his value to our team is huge,” Provost continues. “He has worked hard to be one of the top backs in Division 1. He is a real pleasure to coach.”
Born on Aug. 22, 1995 in Long Island, N.Y., Shea and his family moved to Charlotte when he was three years old. His family includes parents, Julie and Bobby, older brother Charlie, who attends Keene State College, younger brothers, Wyatt, a CVU freshman, and Kelly, a fifth grader at the Charlotte Central School (CCS), and two dogs, Indie and Nikita.
Shea clearly remembers playing football for the first time while attending CCS. “I started playing football for the Buccaneers [a newly created feeder program for CVU] in the fourth grade. It was the first year of the program and they didn’t have enough players,” he explained. “There were five of us who were recruited to play with the older kids that year.” He’s been passionate about football ever since.
A two-year varsity football player, Shea is also a senior captain. “Pat was a landslide choice as captain,” announced coach Provost. “He is not a rah rah kind of captain, instead he leads by example.” Shea agrees with the assessment, “One of my strengths as captain is keeping the guys motivated…I’m also very supportive.” During last weekend’s fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, he demonstrated his leadership abilities. The only captain to shave his head in return for donations for pediatric cancer research, Shea, in typical fashion, downplayed his role in the effort.
An effort he couldn’t downplay was on the field against BFA St. Albans last Friday. “I played pretty well at St. Albans,” he offered. “Although we didn’t win the game, I rushed for more than 150 yards for the first time ever. That is my greatest achievement to date,” he acknowledged.
In addition to football, Shea will most assuredly become a four-year varsity wrestler this winter. “Ryan Stearns got me interested in wrestling. Ryan was a standout wrestler at CVU. He was the one who encouraged me to join the team.”
Over the summer Shea spent two weeks in Costa Rica with Global Leadership Adventures in preparation for his Grad Challenge Project. “We, a group of 20 kids, worked on a playground and helped in a preschool classroom. It was a great experience,” he added.
Ready for another positive experience, Shea is contemplating his future. “I’m definitely going to college. I just don’t know where. I’m looking out west in Colorado, in the New England area, all around,” he said. His current indecision is no cause for concern because Shea, with his unique combination of skills, intelligence, and commitment, will become a valuable contributor at any college community.