Andy 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 began his coaching career as the head coach at S.U.N.Y. Morrisville where he compiled a 20-17 record in three years. From Morrisville, Andy became an assistant coach at the University of 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.
Andy served as an assistant coach for four years at the University of Massachusetts under Greg Cannella. During his tenure, the Minutemen won two ECAC championships and three New England titles. He helped guide the University of Massachusetts to the 2002 and 2003 NCAA quarterfinal games. In his final three seasons at UMass, he posted an impressive 37-9 overall record.
On June 25, 2003, Andy Shay was named the head men’s lacrosse coach at Yale University. In his 16 seasons at Yale, he has posted a record of 153-89 (.632). The last 10 (2010-2019) seasons under Shay have been historic for the program on many levels. The Bulldogs have gone 118-44 (.728) with nine 10-win seasons, including the 17-3 national championship in 2018 and a national runner-up campaign in 2019.
He 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, but it was also the school-record 17th victory.
Andy, the 2017 and 2018 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.
Andy and his wife, Sheila, their sons, Logan and Griffin, and daughter, Everly, live in Guilford, Connecticut.