Shovelin graduated through the ranks with manager Jim McGuinness, with the pair previously working together with the Donegal under-21 football team. He is married and had his first child on the Wednesday before Donegal won the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.
Shovelin was with Donegal when they won the NFL Division 2 title at Croke Park. He has been awarded medals on the basis of Donegal successes at senior and U21 levels.
^O'Shea, Joe (27 August 2012). "Donegal one step from Sam after 20-year wait". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 27 August 2012. Cork never really got going. Outnumbered, out-sung and watching a supposedly "negative" team suddenly transform themselves into the FC Barcelona of Gaelic Football, the Rebels were left muttering about "lads who didn't show up" and a manager who, to many of them at least, made some questionable calls...
^McNulty, Chris (1 March 2013). "'Papa' set for 100th appearance". Donegal News. Retrieved 1 March 2013. "I would liken his to the influence that Peter Schmeichel (the former Manchester United goalkeeper) used to have," says Shovelin. "He is a massive voice in the dressing room and a massive influence in the squad...Like Schmeichel used to, Paul can really control games. He is so good with his team-mates too, whether it's a senior player or a youngster." Shovelin began working with Durcan and Michael Boyle in the winter of 2010 following McGuinness's appointment.
^"Donegal U-21s hit by virus". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). 4 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010. Manager Jim McGuinness and his goalkeeping coach Pat Shovlin were also laid low with the bug, manager McGuinness confirmed after Saturday evening's game.
^"Paul Durcan". Gaelic life. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011. Pat Shovlin is there. He was involved with the u-21s last year, was the goal-keeping coach for them, so Jim brought him along to the senior set-up.
^McGuinness, Jim. The Sunday Game. RTÉ Television. 23 September 2012.