Shaun Gallagher '98

I’m proud to be part of the growing network of more than 4,500 Malvern Prep alumni. Malvern taught me how to succeed in my life, how to continue forward after a letdown and how to care for others. I couldn’t have chosen a better school to attend than Malvern Prep.

I began my journey at Malvern in 8th grade. With the guidance of my parents, I made the decision to attend Malvern on my own. I remember wanting to go to Malvern because it produced well-rounded students who lived their lives by the teachings of St. Augustine. I too wanted to grow spiritually, academically and athletically. I was an honors student during my four years in the Upper School and received the Thomas J. O’Brien '67 Award for academic and athletic excellence and the Army ROTC Scholar Athletic Award.

Malvern academics taught me how to succeed in everything I set out to do. I didn’t know what I wanted to do in college or even after college but, through the education I received at Malvern, I learned to succeed. My teachers taught me how to achieve and accomplish daily tasks and how to work with others who may not be Catholic, or might be of another race, gender or age. Teachers at Malvern invest their time to make every experience a student has a memorable one. My fondest memory was taking Mr. Tom McGuire’s History class on the Revolutionary War. It was so much fun taking a class that was taught by someone who he himself looked like he fought in the war. Mr. McGuire taught me how to love the history of the United States. He taught me how to put myself in the shoes of the visionaries of our country.

Being the captain of the football and baseball teams taught me how to deal with losing and put things in perspective. Losing games helped me learn how to pick myself back up and move forward. Every week we had a game and win or lose, life was going to continue on with or without me. Reflection on that week’s performance helped me grow by putting the bad stuff behind me and celebrating the good stuff. Today, I use what Malvern Athletics taught me by not being too proud of my wins or ashamed of my losses as these are real-life tasks that I use daily. I remember a game we played my senior year where we should have won but our team didn’t play well. The following week, we turned our attitudes around and won that week’s game. I relate this event to my work today. I’m in real estate, and we chase after many potential deals. When we lose a deal it hurts and we are disappointed if it doesn’t go as planned. Malvern taught me how to deal with life’s upsets and how to prepare myself to be able to wake up the next day and move forward. 

Becoming spiritual was one of the most rewarding experiences I received at Malvern. During our junior year MECO trip, we learned the importance of giving back. I still have the letters we wrote and the cross we received. Father Don Riley O.S.A. once took me and a few classmates to an AIDS shelter, and I remember feeling the true sense of giving back on that trip. The people in the shelter were grateful that we were helping and the expressions on their faces said everything. Today, I use what I learned at Malvern in my personal and professional life by carrying Christian values through every minute of every day. I live a life that is focused on Christ because he lives within me.

After graduation from Malvern, I attended Brown University where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics. I continued my baseball career at Brown and set Ivy League and Brown University athletic records. Through baseball at Brown, I continued giving back by becoming a classroom aid for a children’s special needs home.

I am currently the secretary of the Malvern Prep Alumni Board, on the Malvern Prep facilities committee and still involved in MECO. I coached CYO football for 7th and 8th grade students, attend a weekly men’s bible study, and believe exercise is so important that I am running the Philadelphia half marathon. I’m an active member of the Knights of Columbus of West Chester and a member of St. Agnes Church. I have an active lifestyle with my girlfriend, Parker Lynch, whose grandfather is the former headmaster of The Haverford School. We share a fun rivalry.

As I continue through my life, I remember the experiences I received from Malvern Prep and want to share those experiences with others. Malvern prepared me to become an adult and when it was time for me to live on my own, pay my own bills, provide for myself and become responsible, I was ready to do it. I now understand what I do every day has an effect on my own quality of life and the life of others. I wait to be a father one day and share this with my own kids. The brothers I have from Malvern Prep will always be in my heart. You can’t build the friendships and lifelong bonds you make on the 103-acre campus anywhere else than Malvern Prep. I will always wear blue and white with pride.
Malvern Preparatory School is an Augustinian School, Catholic and Independent for boys in grades 6 through 12, located in the Greater Philadelphia suburb of Malvern, Pa. We are committed to the Augustinian values of VeritasUnitas, and Caritas, meaning Truth, Unity, and Love.