Steered Bulldogs to First NCAA Championship
BALTIMORE, Md. – He was honored by the Ivy League and the ECAC, now Andy Shay has completed the coach of the year trifecta. Yale's Head Coach today was named United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) 2018 Coach of the Year at the organization's awards luncheon.
"This is an honor that is a reflection of the best assistant coaches a head coach could imagine, as well as the most overachieving team. It's hard to believe I deserve a singular award when I think of what all the people in our program did," said Shay, whose 2019 squad was picked No. 1 by Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook.
Shay and the Elis put together a school-best 17-3 season that included an Ivy League Championship before beating four lacrosse powers in the NCAA Tournament to claim Yale's first NCAA Championship. That historic run was fueled by six All-American selections and a team chemistry that responded well to adversity.
The 2018 season was the culmination of a steady progression through the college lacrosse landscape. The last nine seasons under Shay, who completed the 15th season of his first collegiate head coaching job last spring, have been historic for the program on many levels. The Bulldogs have gone 103-40 with eight 10-win seasons, while their .700 winning percentage is a program best.
Yale opens its 2019 regular season by hosting No. 22 Villanova on Feb. 16 at Reese Stadium.
Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity