The 2009 spring season marks Andy Shay's sixth year at the helm of the Yale men's lacrosse program. Under his leadership the 2005 team climbed as high as 14th in the national polls. Shay returns his most experienced group and has the Bulldogs poised to make a run for the Ivy League crown. Shay, 30-37 overall as a head coach, and his first Bulldog squad in 2004 won six of 14 games, while the 2005 edition went 7-5. Both squads ranked second in the Ivy League in offense, the 2005 unit was 14th nationally. Shay, who as an assistant coach helped guide the University of Massachusetts to the 2002 and 2003 NCAA quarterfinals, was named Yale head coach on June 25, 2003.
Shay spent four years as an assistant to Greg Cannella at UMass. 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 LeMoyne 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, and their son, Logan, live in Guilford.