Kean University

Men's D3 Coach: Shelley Sheiner
8 / 10
11,824 Undergrads / 14,056 Students
5 / 10
$17,490 Net Price
4 / 10
69% Admitted
  • Team Conference


  • College Type

    4-year, Public

  • Campus Type

    Suburb: Large

Student Body
  • Male
  • Female
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
17 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
Overall Graduation Rate
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
21% / 47%
Calendar System
Religious Affiliation
On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.

Coach Recruiting Interview

The college recruiting process is a gamble in any sport. And lacrosse is no exception. Athletes develop physically and mentally at different stages throughout high school. Some players are heavily recruited early on while other great players are under recruited until late in their junior and senior years. Even good high school players aren’t guaranteed to be great college players. In college, a player’s success regardless of their high school performance is determined by their willingness to compete and their ability to balance academics, athletics and social life. Kean University Head Coach Shelley Sheiner, knows his role as a coach and mentor is to help his players achieve success by giving them support, structure, and guidance. When referring to his recruiting classes he says it’s not about who comes in, it’s about who comes back.

Kean University Head Coach Shelley Sheiner is a Cougar through and through. He played for the program and is now it’s longstanding head coach with 11 seasons under his belt. He has amassed four record-breaking seasons. In 2008 and 2010 his teams achieved a record 14 wins. In 2013 the Cougars set the bar higher with a 15-3 performance. 2014 was their finest year yet with a 16-3 result breaking the all-time wins total for a single season. Sheiner is an active member in the New Jersey chapter of US Lacrosse and a sitting member on the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame Committee. He is a special education teacher at Roy W. Brown Middle School in Bergenfield, NJ. In his spare time he volunteers as a coach for the Fair Lawn Junior Wrestling Program.

What advice do you have for young players interested in playing DIII lacrosse?

Take a campus visit. Spend time interacting with students and getting a feel for student life. On recruiting visits, I don’t have recruits stay with the star player. For the star player life is good and things seem easier. Instead I put recruits with the guys who are moving their way up the depth chart. Recruits can learn the value of hard work and time management from some of our younger players. They can also better understand the challenges they will face as student-athletes. If the guys are busting their butts, working hard and still enjoying the university, then that speaks volumes to the quality of their experience.

I suggest you get to know the coaching staff as well. Understand what the head coach’s philosophy is and also get to know the assistant coaches. Are the assistants just making a pit stop at this college on their way to a bigger coaching job at a different school? What’s the coaching staff’s level of dedication? Be a smart shopper and really do your homework.

What’s the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?

A well written email and an athletic resume. Every coach knows a generic email when they see one. Craft a very thoughtful email because the written word jumps out to me. It shows the player is genuinely interested.

What are some questions players should ask more in the recruiting process?

Actually I have some questions that players should be asking less. Those questions are about playing time, about who our sponsors are or what our gear is like. Those aren’t bad questions to ask, but there’s a time and a place. Save them for the second visit or later on in the process. When you first meet a coach you want to show broader thinking. What style lacrosse do you play? Or, what are your most important values as a coach?

I like academic questions too because they show that a recruit is thinking beyond just the lacrosse aspect of a college.

What indications help you determine if a good high school player will become a great college player?

Measuring future talent based on previous athletic and academic performance is always a gamble. When I look at a recruiting class I don’t get excited about what comes in as much as I get excited about what comes back. Kids transfer, drop out or pursue other interests. Ultimately being a great college lacrosse player falls on the individual and their ambitions. They decide what they want to get out of their college lacrosse experience.

Academic performance is similar. We have recruits that barely get through our admissions process but end up pulling A’s and B’s throughout college. On the other hand, their teammates that were stronger high school students don’t perform as well in the classroom during their four years of college.

It’s a coach’s job to help their young men grow. While recruiting is a gamble, a coach has the ability to influence their gamble. The coach gives their players support, structure and guidance.

What’s special about being a student-athlete at Kean University?

We’re best known throughout New Jersey for our strong education, business, and sports medicine programs. A lot of our players pursue a career in education. We also offer more specific degrees like a Bachelor of Industrial Design. Students use applied art and applied science to redesign everyday objects from sports cars to furniture and even household appliances. Combine that education with a DIII lacrosse program and you’ve got a pretty unique college experience.

I can speak to being a student-athlete because I’m a Kean alum. Showing a recruit the school is like showing them my house. I’ve lived the student experience. It’s very gratifying to experience Kean from a teacher and coach’s perspective now. I’m proud to drive up to the school every day.

Great, thanks Coach Sheiner. Any final thoughts?

There’s only one national champion. If you don’t win that game is your season a failure? In 11 years of coaching nothing has been more important to me than making sure my players have the best experience possible. I’ve only had seven players transfer out of Kean in those 11 years. When players have fun and enjoy themselves, the wins will come.

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Player Experience Survey

Access to private tutors: Yes

Athlete-only facilities / meals: No

Hours / week on team activities

In-season: 21-30 Out-of-season 11-15

Average size of recruiting class

16-20 incoming recruits

Level of coach involvement in academics

9 / 10

Quality of athletic training staff

9 / 10

Quality of athletic / practice facilities

10 / 10

Description of coaching style

“Straight forward, tough, extremely honest, passionate, team oriented.”

“I like that we get young coaches that just graduated college not too long ago because it gives us more of a connection because they have recently just played the game with newest rules.”

“Great atmosphere. They push us hard and are excellent mentors.”

+ / - of overall team experience

“Everyone on the team is close and has a clear academic priority. Positive team environment. The only negative I can think of is being a young team competing in arguably the toughest conference in the nation.”

“Positive: Good chemistry on the field. Very close team relationship.
Negative: Long nights. Assistant coaching staff needs more experience.”

“Our team is a family, from the first on the depth chart to the last we all stick together and help each other, and much more than other programs.”

Team Road Trips

Most games are played in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.In the past the team has traveled to Texas and Virginia.

Recruit Commits
Jacob Gorospe-Burke Phillipsburg High School Alpha, NJ Def
Aaron Boccio Lindenhurst Senior High School Lindenhurst, NY Att
Ryan Fuhs Cherokee Marlton, NJ Def, LSM
Anthony Moffa Cherokee High School Marlton, NJ Def, LSM
Pasquale Capozzoli James caldwell high school Caldwell, NJ Goal
Hunter Diederich North Hunterdon High School Pittstown, NJ Def, LSM
Andrew Tavarez North Hunterdon High School Asbury, NJ Mid
Drew Tucker Timber Creek Regional High School Sicklerville , NJ LSM, Def
Jonathan Slusser St Joseph HS Hammonton, NJ Att
Giancarlo DeFilippis Methacton Collegeville, PA Mid
Tommy Hamtil Whippany Park Whippany, NJ Att
JJ Gillette Oratory Prep Maplewood, NJ Def, LSM
Christian Baucom North Hunterdon Regional HS Hunterdon, NJ Faceoff
Anthony Azara Hopewell Valley Central Titusville, NJ Att, Mid
Elijah Darby Parsippany High Highschool Lake Hiawatha , NJ Mid, Att
Tyber Budrow Toms River High School East Toms River, NJ Goal
Sean Carothers Pope John XXII Sparta, NJ Att
Nicholas Moffa Cherokee High School Marlton, NJ Mid, Faceoff
Benjamin Smith Eastern regional High school Berlin, NJ Att
Bryce Berger Holy Cross academy Delanco, NJ Mid
Steven Thorne Hunterdon Central Flemington, NJ LSM
Charlie Stutzenberger Plymouth North Plymouth, MA Mid
T.J. Sharples Paramus Paramus, NJ Att, Mid
Kyle Ryder Clarkstown North Congers, NY Att
Patrick Rosiak Old Bridge Old Bridge, NJ Att
Ryan Delgado Bridgewater-Raritan Bridgewater, NJ Mid
Justin Regester Lakeland Regional Ringwood, NJ Att
Dylan Pelago Toms River North Toms River, NJ Mid, Def
Caleb Loran Lakeland Regional Ringwood, NJ Mid
Zion Powell Brick Twp. Brick, NJ Def, LSM
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
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Where Grads Live
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Greater Philadelphia Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
  • Allentown Pennsylvania Area
  • Greater Boston Area
  • Tampa/St. Petersburg Florida Area
  • Orlando Florida Area
  • Charlotte North Carolina Area
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Raleigh-Durham North Carolina Area
  • West Palm Beach Florida Area
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Area
Where Grads Work
  • Merck
  • AT&T
  • Rutgers University
  • Prudential Financial
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Bank of America
  • ADP
  • Novartis
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Newark Public Schools
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Wells Fargo
  • MetLife
  • AIG
What Grads Do
  • Education
  • Sales
  • Operations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare Services
  • Information Technology
  • Finance
  • Administrative
  • Support
  • Arts and Design
  • Community and Social Services
  • Accounting
  • Media and Communication
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
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Test Scores
Critical Reading
410 - 500
460 - 550
910 - 1090
17 - 23

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported.

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Applicants 9,540 3,689 5,851
% Admitted 69% 68% 69%
% Admits That Enroll 27% 29% 26%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.1
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    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Business (20%)
    Psychology (15%)
    Psychology, General (15%)
    Education (11%)
    Business Administration and Management, General (8%)
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General (7%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (7%)
    Speech Communication and Rhetoric (6%)
    Communication & Journalism (6%)
    Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration (6%)
    Criminal Justice & Law Enforce (6%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (6%)
    Accounting (4%)
    Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General (4%)
    Physical Education Teaching and Coaching (3%)
    English Language and Literature, General (3%)
    Social Sciences (3%)
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.


    Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

    Net price for students paying in-state tuition rate (public institutions).

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    Sticker Price

    Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

    On Campus
    Tuition & Fees$12,595 $18,637
    Books & Supplies$1,000 $1,000
    Cost of Living$14,802 $14,802
    Personal Expenses$2,281 $2,281
    Sticker Price$30,678 $35,704

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    92% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship76%$8,181
    Federal Grants60%$5,004
    Pell Grants60%$4,835
    Other Federal18%$567
    State & Local Grants48%$5,242
    Institutional Grants29%$2,359
    Student Loans65%$10,168
    Federal Loans63%$5,275
    Other Loans23%$13,974

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Financial Assets $27 Million $1,921

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.


    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $24,000.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $17,750 $255

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 7.4%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 6,858 students.


    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $46,100

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.


    How long until this college investment pays off: 5.19 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 21% of students graduate on time.

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    Campus Safety
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 7 7
    Fondling 2 2
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault - -
    Burglary 3 3
    Motor Vehicle Theft 3 3
    Arson - -

    In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

    The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

    Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

    Carnegie Classifications
    Basic ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
    Undergrad InstructionBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionResearch Doctoral: Professional-dominant
    Enrollment ProfileHigh undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, inclusive, higher transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, large, primarily nonresidential

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