1957: Born in Des Moines, one of six children of Jim and Marcella Shovlain, all of whom would eventually graduate from St. Ambrose.
1973: Family moved to Clinton from Ottumwa. Enrolled at Clinton St. Mary’s, where he played football, basketball and baseball.
1975: Earned all-state honors as a senior playing for the St. Mary’s basketball team that won the 1A state title. Enrolled at St. Ambrose.
1977: Established a school record with a 20-assist game against Culver-Stockton, a record he equaled the same year against Loras.
1979: Completed his college career. His school records of 712 career assists, 276 as a senior and 21 in a 1979 game against Loras are still St. Ambrose records. Took a job as a general accountant at Bandag in Muscatine.
1980: Accepted a job as a graduate assistant on a St. Ambrose staff headed by Leo Kilfoy.
1982: Earned a Master’s degree in business administration from St. Ambrose.
1983: Named the head basketball coach at St. Ambrose. Lost to Marian 94-88 in first game before defeating Simpson 88-71 in second game en route to 12-16 season.
1986: The Bees finished 10-20, including losses to NCAA Division I programs Indiana State, San Diego and Loyola Marymount.
1988: Led St. Ambrose to a 17-12 record, its first winning record in five years.
1989: Directed the Bees to their first NAIA national tourney appearance since 1954, compiling a 26-8 record. Received the Paul Maaske Memorial Award as the top small-college coach in the state and was selected as the professor of the year at St. Ambrose.
1993: Inducted into the St. Ambrose Athletic Hall of Fame. Again selected as St. Ambrose professor of the year.
1994: Coached St. Ambrose to a 24-10 record and the first of two straight berths in the NAIA national tourney.
1996: The National Youth Sports Program, which Shovlain oversaw for many years, received the Silvio O. Conte Award as the top program of its kind in the country.
1997: St. Ambrose went 24-12 season and again advanced to the NAIA Division II national tourney.
2000: St. Ambrose qualified for the national tourney with a 26-9 record.
2004: Led the Fighting Bees to an 80-65 road victory over NCAA Division I opponent Western Illinois. Coached St. Ambrose to its only appearance in the NAIA Final Four during a school-record 32-win season.
2005: Bees went 22-13 and qualified for the NAIA national tourney.
2012: St. Ambrose won the Midwest Collegiate Conference regular-season and tourney titles, winning 15 straight games in a 25-9 season that ended in the national tournament.
2013: Elected to the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame.