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Alumni Spotlight: Pete Quinn '76


Scecina football players with Pete Quinn after Quinn's induction into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame this summer. The players presented Quinn with a replica of the No. 55 jersey from his days of playing for the Crusaders.

Name: Pete Quinn
Year of Scecina graduation: 1976
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Purdue University, 1981
Current Position: Executive vice president, Colliers International; color analyst, Purdue Football Radio Network

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications

“I can’t imagine life without my Scecina experience.”

Those are Pete Quinn’s words. Even after an impressive football career at Purdue University and a very successful career in business, he remembers fondly the firm foundation built on the Eastside of Indianapolis that helped set his life’s path.

“The life-long friendships that were formed (at Scecina) had a very positive impact on my life,” he continues. “I have remained close to many of my classmates and teammates over the years and stay in contact with many of them. When I meet other Scecina alums, there is an instant bonding that takes place. The strength of any organization is based on their people, and Scecina has always had great leadership.”

Quinn’s Crusader high school football exploits earned him All-City honors and a place on the Indiana All-Star South team. As a senior, he was the only player to win All-State honors for both offense and defense. Football helped get him to Purdue. As a Boilermaker, he was part of a winning tradition that scored three straight bowl victories. He earned All-Big Ten conference honors and has been voted Purdue’s greatest center of all time. To cap it off, this summer he was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.

His association continues with Purdue, where he’s starting his 25th year as the color commentator for the broadcasts of Boilermakers games.

“Scecina encouraged me to compete,” Quinn recalls. “The coaching I received gave me a huge advantage when I went to Purdue. I was the smallest lineman on the team, but I was one of the best because I was taught by great men like Ken Leffler and Ott Hurrle to always strive to be your best.”

Quinn says his close friends at Scecina “were hard workers that understood that you could accomplish anything if you put in the effort. They were my greatest source of motivation.”

After his football playing days ended, Quinn transferred his work ethic into commercial real estate, starting as a broker. He helped found Summit Realty Group, which grew to become one of the largest commercial real estate firms in Indiana. After the company was sold to Colliers International in 2015, Quinn stayed with Colliers, one of the largest real estate firms in the country. He serves as its executive vice president.

Faith, family and service have remained priorities. Quinn serves on the board for St. Mary’s Child Center, is chairman of the Boiler Business Exchange and serves on other boards. He’s also coached many youth sports over the years at St. Simon and St. Matthew Catholic schools and was athletic director at St. Simon.

He and his wife, Susan, are members of Holy Spirit at Geist and recently celebrated their 32nd anniversary. They are the parents of three children: Peter and Kristen, both Purdue engineering graduates, and Hannah, a current senior at Purdue.

Susan is a great athlete in her own right. She has won multiple golf championships and recently won her eight straight club championship at Hawthorns Golf & Country Club.

As a proud Crusader, Quinn understands Scecina’s role in shaping young lives.

“Scecina doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles that the bigger schools have and they make up for it by providing incredible support and by caring for all of their students,” he says. “The smaller class sizes, the support of the faculty, coaches and administrators and the faith-based education separate Scecina from most schools.”

He’s looking forward to celebrating his 40th class reunion with his classmates on Sept. 10.

“I can’t wait to see my classmates,” he says. “I am very proud to be a Crusader and I know my classmates feel the same way.” 

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1. Walt Linne wrote:
I enjoy your commentary on radio. Scecina class of 1960 and Purdue Class of 1964. Boiler Up!

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Great story! Thank you for sharing, Mr. Quinn.

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