“Meet the Coaches” – Field Hockey Head Coach Sarah Shute

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Cambridge, Mass. (September 9) – In the fourth installment of the "Meet the Coaches" series by the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER), we spotlight field hockey head coach/physical education and wellness instructor Sarah Shute, who enters her first season at MIT.

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Where did you grow up?
I was born in Pennsylvania, right outside Philadelphia, and I lived there until I was in sixth grade when I moved to New York. I went to middle school and high school in New York and then off to Boston for college.

Can you describe your experience as a student-athlete at Boston University?
I had an absolutely remarkable experience playing field hockey at Boston University. It was an environment where our development was fostered. I learned a lot and I grew a lot as a player, a person, a teammate, and a friend. I met my best friends there on the field hockey team. We won a lot of games, we had a lot of fun, and we worked really hard. I had a great experience there and I hope to be able to provide that experience for the student-athletes at MIT.

What is your favorite memory is as a coach?
My favorite memory as a coach was in 2014 when BU won its first Patriot League Championship, which was the second season we were members of the conference. We went down to Bucknell, who defeated us 5-2 during the regular season, and beat them, 2-1 in the championship game. Capturing the first Patriot League title was really special for that team and for all of us as a group.

Why should a prospective field hockey player come to MIT?
MIT is an amazing institution. It's a phenomenal place to get an education and you're going to get a world-class education here. In addition, you're also going to get a world-class field hockey experience. That being said, you also have the opportunity to do a lot of research, you have the opportunity to get involved in the clubs you want to get involved in. You're going to be pushed on the field and you're going to be pushed in the classroom, but you're going to get the support you need. MIT is an extremely collaborative place, so you're going to have to work together with your classmates and with your teammates to get everything out of it that you can possibly get. You'll have opportunities here that that will change your life and will enable you to change the world in the future. To be surrounded by those like-minded individuals on a daily basis is an absolutely incredible experience that you'll be able to have here.

What is your favorite movie?
The movie I always have to stop and watch is "The Shawshank Redemption." It's one of my favorite movies and takes place in Maine (which I love). I also love the quote, "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." Another one would be "Mighty Ducks 2," but I'm not sure that's something I would just come across on TV. I might have to pull out the VHS player for that one.

What is your favorite book?
One of my favorite books is "The Mindful Athlete" by George Mumford. It's about mindfulness, meditation, and sports. It's an absolutely incredible book that I revisit all the time and I would recommend it to anybody who is involved in sports and has any interest in mindfulness or meditation.

Which podcasts are you listening to?
Some of my favorite podcasts are "How I Built This," "Hidden Brain," and Dax Shepard's "Armchair Expert." That's what I do when I'm going for runs or I'm in the car. I have a lot in the queue and a lot to catch up on.

What is your favorite professional sports team?
The Patriots. Although I'm heartbroken that Tom Brady left and Gronk left.

What is your favorite sport, besides field hockey, to watch on TV or stream?
Women's lacrosse. They've come a long way in their rules and it's a ton of fun to watch. I'm the biggest fan and we should get to watch it on more platforms.

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