John Shimer – Endicott College Head Soccer Coach
John Shimer is a retired fundraising consultant and the creator of the national Angels Among Us project. Additionally, he serves on various nonprofit boards.
He is a licensed A&P mechanic and private pilot with single, multi engine, and instrument ratings. As an avid aviator, he has owned and flown more than 65 different models of aircraft.
Early Life and Education
Shimer College, one of America’s smallest liberal arts colleges, attracts students ranging from valedictorians to high school dropouts. They all share an enthusiasm for reading, an aversion to conventional educational models and a desire to be individualistic and creative thinkers.
Many classes now emphasize discussion rather than lectures, a method known as “Great Books,” which draws from the works of classical writers.
In addition to their regular academic programs, the College offers a Teaching Fellows Program for teachers of elementary and secondary schools. This initiative provides graduate-level great books courses as well as professional development credit to educators – an invaluable addition to traditional education courses.
Shimer has extensive coaching experience at the college level. Prior to his appointment as head coach of men’s soccer at Ohio Wesleyan University in 2012, he served as head coach of their program.
He captained the Battling Bishops to two national titles in 2011 and earned himself recognition as an NCAC All-Conference Coach twice.
His teams consistently ranked in the top 20 for scoring and total goals scored per game, earning him the National Coach of the Year award during his first season at OWU.
Shimer not only coached college basketball at the college level, but he served in the Navy for 22 years as a naval officer. During that time he commanded a submarine depot in Fremantle, Australia and was promoted to chief war-rant officer. A Pearl Harbor survivor himself, Shimer was an active member of both Navy League and Veterans for Freedom (VFW) organizations.
Achievements and Honors
Shimer was not only an award-winning writer but also a highly accomplished soccer coach. He has taught at several local high schools on the North Shore of Boston, including St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers and Methuen High School.
Recently, The Washington Monthly published a list of “The Worst Colleges in America,” with Shimer at the top. According to this list, Shimer charged students large amounts of money for an education that so poor that most of its graduates dropped out before graduation.
Washington Monthly’s criteria included that Shimer had few students of color or low-income individuals, leading to its reputation being somewhat harsh. Nonetheless, Shimer College does possess a significant history and serves as an excellent educational institution for studying Great Books.
In the months after D-Day until World War 2, Southampton docks carried more than two million American troops, military equipment and stores. Stationed at Southampton at that time was the 14 th Major Port Transportation Corps which was responsible for shipping out all US Army units and ships to Europe during that conflict.
Paul Shimer of McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania was among those embarking from Southampton. A veteran of World War II and GI in the 15th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Division of the Seventh Army, he had served his country with honor.
He earned the Purple Heart for his bravery during a campaign in France, during which he was wounded and still bears the scars to this day. A passionate American citizen and Republican, he enjoyed an illustrious business career as manager of Boss Manufacturing Company’s Fort Wayne branch and president of Senso Manufacturing Company.
John Shimer is an expert fundraiser who specializes in capital campaigns. With over three decades of experience, he has raised billions of dollars for charities throughout America.
He also offers one-day “How to Do It” workshops to organizations launching capital fundraising campaigns. Furthermore, he has made a name for himself as an advocate for several causes close to his heart.
He currently resides in Rowley, Massachusetts with his wife and children. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer and contributing to New England’s premier sports radio station WEEI. Furthermore, he has served as goalkeeper coach at several local high schools such as St. John’s Preparatory School (Danvers, MA) and Methuen High School.