Built By JWU Series: Shadel Hamilton (Men’s Basketball 1998-2001)

Built By JWU Series: Shadel Hamilton (Men’s Basketball 1998-2001)

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (June 5, 2020) – Now that we are in June, Memorial Day has passed, and the unofficial start to summer has begun, we continue our look at successful Wildcat alumni through our "Built by JWU" series.    

Our next profile is Shadel Hamilton (B.S. Hospitality Management '01) - former men's basketball forward.

Hamilton, a member of the men's basketball's first team, was a starter for the majority of his three years with the Wildcats. As part of the "first team", Hamilton was one of the founding fathers of the JWU basketball program and helped lay the groundwork for future Wildcats.  

After graduating, Hamilton became an assistant coach on David Graham's staff. As an assistant coach for three seasons at JWU, Hamilton helped lead the Wildcats to the 2003 USCAA National Championship.

Currently, Hamilton resides in Tampa, Florida, serving as the senior vice president of worldwide operations at Saint Leo University. Hamilton joined Saint Leo in 2012 and has served in a variety of roles, including as associate vice president of Student Services for WorldWide, and most recently as the interim dean of Student Success. Hamilton has had a career of nearly 20 years in the areas of student services and academic operations.

Built By JWU Profile: Shadel Hamilton

Graduation Year:

Degree(s) Earned/Major: Bachelor of Science in Hospitality

Sport Played at JWU: Men's Basketball

Current Career/Occupation: Senior Vice President, WorldWide Operations

Company: Saint Leo University

I chose JWU because: From the first time I stepped foot on campus, JWU has always felt like home. All my interactions with admissions representatives, housing coordinators, coaches, and student life personnel made me feel like a family member, rather than just another student. The genuine care for my success, as well as the success of my fellow classmates, was evident early on, and a clear indication I made the right decision to attend JWU.

Favorite Team Memory: My favorite team memory is more of a collection of memories during my time as a student-athlete. All of the work-outs, practices, bus rides, plane rides and time spent with my teammates and coaches building camaraderie and establishing lifelong friendships in the process is what stands out. I frequently think back to my time at JWU, and it's these memories that are at the forefront of any thought.

How did JWU prepare you for your career? I often tell people I went to college at 17 and never left! After arriving on campus as a 17-year-old freshman, I immediately fell in love with campus life. It was here where the foundation was being created for a now 20 plus year career in higher education. I was fortunate to have dedicated faculty and support staff where lessons learned while being involved in clubs and organizations, and student leadership roles on campus helped shape my professional career, and are lessons I lean on today.

Most valuable lesson learned at JWU? There were many lessons learned during my time at JWU. However, there's one that stands out above the rest; "Successful people say yes…to the right things." Often times you are pulled in many directions as a student, and it becomes easy to say yes to everything being asked of you. However, knowing when to say yes and when to say no is a skill truly successful people have mastered.

How did JWU athletics influence your career? Having the privilege of being a student-athlete while enrolled at JWU has undoubtedly had a significant influence on my career. Understanding the impact, a leader can have on his/her team, what it means to be a good teammate, and the importance of establishing and maintaining a great culture are all ideals I was first exposed to during my time at JWU, and they all still play an integral role in my life today.

Advice for current JWU student-athletes? Be a sponge, get involved, be active on campus. Make friends with individuals outside of your athletic bubble. During my time at JWU, in addition to being a student-athlete, I intentionally became active in other areas on campus. I understood the importance of being a well-rounded student and wanted to be sure I was not limiting opportunities to grow, become diverse, and eventually learn from this exposure. I encourage all student-athletes to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them.

 As JWU Athletics enters its 23rd year, we will take a look at several successful Wildcat alumni through a series of Built By JWU profiles. Each month, we will focus on former Wildcats who, during their time here, modeled and nurtured sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, discipline, and dedication, and have utilized those traits towards a successful career.   

Previous Profiles (Complete Series)

Tara Barrett (Women's Soccer 2010-12) – (May 5, 2020)

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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138)

About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.


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