Andy Shay is entering his fourth year at UMass, after spending four years as the top assistant at the University of Delaware.
Shay is the recruiting and defensive coordinator for the Minutemen. In 2002, his defensive unit allowed under 10 goals a game and helped UMass rank third in the country in scoring margin at 4.50 goals per game. It marked the second straight year that UMass had allowed under 10 goals a game, while averaging over 14 goals per game. The 2001 squad also led the country in man-down defense, allowing opponents only 11 goals in 80 chances (.138).
Before joining Greg Cannella's staff, he was instrumental in leading Delaware to its best ever season in 1999. The Blue Hens claimed the America East title with a 14-3 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history.
Shay received a big honor in June 1999, when he was selected to join Delaware Head Coach Bob Shillinglaw on the coaching staff of Team USA for the 1999 inaugural World Cup of Lacrosse. Team USA defeated Team Canada in a best of three series at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
While at LeMoyne, he was a four-year starting defenseman and served as team captain for two years. Shay was an All-Empire League selection as a senior when he led the team to the league title. He graduated from LeMoyne College with a degree in psychology in 1992. He began his coaching career in 1993 at Morrisville (N.Y.) Junior College where he led the team to a three-year record of 20-17 from 1993-95.
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.
He is the director of the prestigious Battle of the Hot Beds lacrosse camp and also lectures and coaches at numerous other camps during the off-season.
Shay was born on Aug. 14, 1970, in Cortland, N.Y. He resides in Northampton, Mass.
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