Summer Series - Q&A with John Scheschuk
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John Scheschuk '99 was the leader of one of the greatest baseball teams in Texas A&M history. A two-time All-Big 12 first baseman, he led the Aggies to back-to-back Big 12 titles in 1998 and 1999. As the co-captain of the '99 squad, John helped A&M rally to a regional title and a thrilling super regional victory over Clemson to earn a trip to the College World Series. The current president of the Texas A&M Lettermen's Association, John and his wife, Kali (Class of '00) and family currently reside in Allen.
What are you doing now?
"I work in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in Allen, as a regional manager for a logistics company, Gulf Winds International. I manage the business development for the area, which includes Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and North Texas."
You're currently the president of the Texas A&M Lettermen's Association. Why is the organization so important to former athletes?
“"The association is important because it fosters camaraderie with old teammates, keeps me involved with the university and lets me give back of both my own time and financially when applicable. As president, I take it as a huge responsibility with all these new renovations and changes coming up. We have our Lettermen's Lounge, which is going to be relocated, renovations on the horizon as well as seats, and there will be some really specific items that will impact our future members for many years to come. It's an exciting time to be a part of the Association because of the changes and opportunities that are right before us."
How did the skills you developed on the field and as part of a team help in your current profession?
"Sales and business development requires lots of persistence. It's just the will to continue to improve your company and yourself. It's a direct correlation from being an athlete to what I do today—lots of work dedication, motivation, teamwork and preparation. I think part of that is the field I am in, but I also thinks those skills are transferable no matter the field."
What do you miss most about your playing days?
"I miss the camaraderie the most--going into the locker room and seeing your friends every day. You work so hard with them and really develop that bond. That's one of the toughest things to get over (going) from that environment to one that just is not the same. I miss the competitions, the fans, and the pride of playing sports for Texas A&M. But above all that, the teammates and camaraderie are what I miss most of all."
How has the Aggie network helped you?
"The Aggie Network is everywhere. It's important for all students to understand that. Whenever I was playing minor league ball up in Indiana, I remember a guy named Terry Parkman. He reached out to me unsolicited. He went to A&M, and they had a big A&M club (up there) and invited me to functions. While that didn't translate into a job or a specific gain, I think it was nice to know that Aggies care all over the country. Specific to jobs, there is no doubt that Aggies will let you get in to door that you would not have gotten through without being an Aggie. It all comes down to production…just because you were an Aggie doesn't mean you have it in the bag, but it definitely gives you a leg up. Being an Aggie will give you various opportunities, but it's your execution that will get you through the door."
What is your favorite memory while at A&M?
"Without a doubt going to Omaha. The super-regional win at Olsen Field was the single greatest moment. I was a senior and co-captain of the team, and that point was the culmination of so much hard work, dedication and effort, and we did it on a home run. Overall looking at the four-year scope it was about the relationships, which is why the Lettermen's Association is so important. I have so many great friends and memories that embody all of Texas A&M."