The last seven (2010-2016) seasons under Andy Shay, who completed the 13th season of his first collegiate head coaching job in 2016, have been historic for the program on many levels. The Bulldogs have gone 76-31 with six (five consecutive) 10-win seasons. The .710 winning percentage over that stretch is the best since the Elis won 69.89% of their games from 1988-1993. Shay has also directed the Bulldogs to seven straight Ivy League Tournament appearances, four Ivy Tournament Titles, a 2010 regular-season Ivy League Championship and four NCAA appearances, including Yale’s first in 20 years.
Winning the 2016 Ivy League Tournament gave Shay four championships in seven years of league tournament play. It was part of a 13-3 campaign that included jumping out to a 10-0 start and being ranked No. 1 for a few weeks.
His 2013 team was his most successful with a 12-5 mark, an Ivy League Tournament title, a win in the first round of the NCAAs at Penn State and a final No. 7 national ranking. Only a late comeback by top-ranked Syracuse in the final minutes of their NCAA Quarterfinal contest at College Park, Md., prevented the Elis from making the national championship weekend for the first time since 1990. The team made history by becoming the first squad to win back-to-back Ivy Tournament championships and the corresponding NCAA Tournament qualifier.
The Bulldogs’ 2010 season marked the first post-season appearance since 1992 and the first Ivy championship since 1990. Shay’s squad was ranked as high as No. 9 at one point during that campaign.
The Yale defense has been ranked in the nation’s top 15 the last six seasons including 2015.
Shay (121-76 overall record), named Yale head coach on June 25, 2003, helped guide the University of Massachusetts to the 2002 and 2003 NCAA quarterfinals as an assistant coach for four years under Greg Cannella. During his tenure, the Minutemen won two ECAC championships and three New England titles. UMass posted an impressive 37-9 overall record in his last three seasons.
Shay served as the recruiting and defensive coordinator for the Minutemen. In 2002 and 2003 his defensive unit allowed under 10 goals a game and ranked third in nation in scoring margin. The 2001 squad led Division I in man-down defense, allowing opponents only 11 goals in 80 chances (.138).
Prior to joining UMass’ staff, Shay was an assistant coach at Delaware, where in 1999 he helped the Blue Hens capture the America East title with a 14-3 record and advance to the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in school history.
In June of 1999, Shay was selected to join Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw on the coaching staff of Team USA for the inaugural World Cup of Lacrosse. Team USA defeated Team Canada in a best-of-three series at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Shay began his coaching career as the head coach at Morrisville (N.Y.) Junior College, and he compiled a 20-17 record in three years. His 1995 team established a school record with a 10-4 mark, qualified for the regional playoffs and was ranked No. 5 in the final national poll.
Shay is a 1994 graduate of Le Moyne College where he was a four-year starting defenseman and served as team captain for two years. He was an All-Empire League selection as a senior when he led the team to a league title. He and his wife, Sheila, their sons, Logan and Griffin, and daughter, Everly, live in Guilford.