In his 10th season as the Head Coach of the Kean University men's lacrosse program, Shelley Sheiner has guided the Cougars to recent success in both 2008 and 2010.
In 2010 the top ranked Cougars captured the first ECAC championship in 15 years with an 11-7 win over No. 3 Richard Stockton in the Division III Mid-Atlantic Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Kean finished with 14 wins, tying a program best for a season.
The 2008 squad captured the program's first Skyline Conference championship with a thrilling 8-7, come-from-behind victory over rival Montclair State University, advancing the Cougars to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history and tying the program record with 14 wins.
Sheiner's squads have gradually improved during his tenure and posted five-straight 10-plus win seasons for the first time since the early nineties when Sheiner was a player under the legendary Hawley Waterman. Sheiner was a defender on the 14-win, 1993 team that won the program's last of four Knickerbocker Conference Championship titles.
In fall of 2003, Sheiner was named the sixth head coach in the history of the program after serving two years as an assistant coach at Kean. Prior to that, Sheiner served as the head boy's lacrosse coach at Indian Hills High School in Oakland, N.J., from 1997-2001. During his tenure, Sheiner guided the program to back-to-back state tournament appearances (1999 & 2000) and was named the New Jersey Lacrosse Coach of the Year for the Rizk Division in 2000 when Indian Hills finished 13-5.
Sheiner began his coaching career at Ridgewood High School, where he served as an assistant boy's lacrosse coach from 1995-96, under Steve Jacobsen, one of the all-time winningest coaches in NJ lacrosse history.
More recently, Israel Lacrosse announced in 2012 that Sheiner is now the head coach of the Jerusalem Lacrosse Club.
The 2008 Skyline Conference Coach of the Year, Sheiner graduated from Kean University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Bachelor of Science in political science and criminal justice. He earned his master's degree in special education/initial certification from William Paterson University.
An active member in a pair of professional lacrosse organizations, the New Jersey Lacrosse Coaches Association and US Lacrosse, Sheiner is a special education teacher at Bergenfield Middle School. He currently resides in Fair Lawn, N.J., with his wife Kelly and their children, Jacob and Sarah.