Jacob Scheinman ’19 has been around sports his entire life. Some of his happiest early memories are set within the PE Center or on the Plymouth State Men’s Basketball Team bus with his father, John Scheinman, the Panthers’ head coach from 1999 to 2007 and 2008 to 2010 and currently PSU’s director of development.
“I would play behind the bleachers—run around while my dad was leading practice,” he says. “Sometimes I would shoot around or hang out in his office. I just loved being here.”
The affinity for sports stuck, and Scheinman played football, soccer, basketball, and baseball, focusing on the latter two at Plymouth Regional High School. He enjoyed and was good at math, but in the back of his mind he knew that sports was his passion.
After more than a year in PSU’s mathematics program, Scheinman discovered he didn’t have the same fondness for the subject as he did for athletics. The decision to change majors was obvious.
“Even before high school I always thought I would end up as a sports management major,” says Scheinman. “I ended up exactly where I thought I would be.”
Scheinman’s dream to work at the professional level came about shortly after making the change, though deep down he knew he always wanted to pursue that path.
“As a sports management major, I wanted to work in athletics at the highest level I could.”
Scheinman took a first step in that direction as a summer intern at Celtics Camps, a youth basketball camp directly affiliated with the Boston Celtics. Joe Amorosino ’62, a 2004 inductee into the Plymouth State Athletics Hall of Fame, is the program’s director and general manager. Amorosino was on campus for the 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and when he heard that Scheinman was looking to get into professional sports, he was more than happy to offer an internship opportunity.
“I was really excited,” says Scheinman. “I knew it could help my dream of getting into professional sports. My job was basically to follow Joe and absorb as much as I could from him.”
Scheinman was charged with a multitude of tasks, including taking inventory, distributing gear to staff members, coordinating camper evaluations with the multiple camp directors, and distributing camper medals. The day-to-day work was fun, but the summer’s highlights include lifetime memories acquired in the brand-new, 160,000-square-foot Auerbach Center, a training facility for both the Celtics and the Boston Bruins and headquarters of New Balance.
He saw Celtics star Gordon Hayward working out daily, met head coach Brad Stevens, sat through press conferences for free agents Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter, and got a close look at the Larry O’Brien Trophy from the team’s 1984 and 1986 championships. In a world where who you know can make the difference, Scheinman hopes his connections will prove useful as he pursues his professional sports career dream.
■ Chris Kilmer ’99