Andy Shay

The last 9 seasons under Andy, who completed the 17th season of his 1st collegiate head coaching job in 2020, have been historic for the program on many levels.

The Bulldogs (3-1 in 2020 before season was canceled) have gone 118-44 with 10-win seasons in nine years, including the 17-3 national championship campaign from 2018.

Shay, the 2018 USILA Division I Coach of the Year, led Yale to its first NCAA Lacrosse Championship after directing the Bulldogs to their first perfect Ivy League season since 1956. The Ivy and ECAC Coach of the Year then helped his squad march through the NCAAs with wins over UMass, Loyola, Albany and Duke. The 13-11 win over the Blue Devils on Memorial Day at Gillette Stadium not only allowed the Bulldogs to raise the national championship trophy for the first time, it was the school-record 17th victory. It was also the first of two straight appearances in the national championship game (Yale lost to Virginia in the 2019 title game at Philadelphia).

The .728 winning percentage over the 10-year stretch is the best for the Elis. Shay, the 2017 Ivy League Coach of the Year, has also directed the Bulldogs to 10 straight Ivy League Tournament appearances, five Ivy Tournament Titles, three regular-season Ivy League Championships and seven NCAA appearances, including Yale’s first in 20 years.

Shay's teams won three (2015-17) straight league tournament titles. Winning the 2016 version 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 one of 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.

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.

Shay (156-90, 17 years), 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.