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.
A pioneer of sorts, Mike Cleary was a major part of the largest athletics expansion in Kean history. A member of the school's first-ever lacrosse team in the spring of 1970, he was also a charter member of the school's football program, which began play that autumn.
A four-year letter winner in lacrosse, Cleary was a standout defenseman from 1970 through 1973, becoming the first Kean player to be named as a first-team All-Knickerbocker Conference honoree. Cleary was also a three-year starter at tackle for the football team from 1970 through 1972, helping to lead the fledgling squad to a solid 4-2 record in its initial campaign in 1970. Besides lacrosse and football, Cleary played basketball for the 1969-1970 Squires (now Cougars). For his accomplishments his senior year, Cleary was presented with the D'Angola Award, the highest honor presented as recognition of outstanding individual performance within the team concept that contributes to the enhancement of the team, the department of athletics and Kean.
Since graduating Coach Cleary has remained very active in the Kean athletic department. He has served as an assistant lacrosse coach since 1978 and was an assistant coach on the Kean teams under the legendary Hawley Waterman that participated in the World Games in Japan 1992 and Australia 1993. Cleary was the offensive line coach for the Kean Football team from 1981 to 1986. He has served as a member of the Hall Of Fame selection committee after his induction into the Kean University Hall of Fame in 1985.
Cleary is the retired chief of police in East Orange, N.J. and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Kean in 1973. He is married to Tricia and is the father of Michael and Matthew.
Jack Davis returns for his second season with the Cougar coaching staff in 2013.
Davis moved over to the sidelines after ending his playing career at Georgetown University. A three year starter at Georgetown, he tallied over 2000 minutes in net with 338 saves. Prior to his time in college, he was a four year player at Glen Ridge High School earning All-American honors as a senior in 2006 in addition to all-state honors along the way. Davis currently coaches with Tri-State Lacrosse and Zebra Lacrosse.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Georgetown in 2011.
Pat Kirwan joins the Cougars for his second season in 2013.
Kirwan comes to Kean after playing for Cornell University. While at Cornell the Big Red won the Ivy League Championship four times and advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice. During his senior season, Cornell advanced all the way to the NCAA Championship finishing as the runner-up. Kirwan was named the 2009 recipient of the C.F. Morse Scholar Athlete of the Year award. He is also no stranger to New Jersey lacrosse having played for Mountain Lakes High School between 2003-05, winners of two county titles and a Group 1 state championship.
Kirwan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Management from Cornell in 2009 and is currently a financial analyst for Quest Diagnostics.
Mike Grosz joins Kean for his first season as an assistant in 2013.
Grosz transitions to the sidelines after competing as a four-year starter for Robert Morris University. Grosz is RMU’s all-time leader in both ground balls (257) and ground balls per game (5.04) and won over 500 faceoffs in his four years on the field. He holds three of the top four marks for single-season ground balls, including the record of 113 that he set in his senior season, and each of the top three marks in single-season faceoff wins. His name appears in eight of the top nine single-game highs for groundballs at Robert Morris and won a school-record 28 faceoffs in a single game in the 2012 home opener against Colgate. He earned All-Northeast Conference (NEC) honors as a specialist in his senior season and contributed four goals and four assists in 51 career games. This past summer he was part of the Israel men's national lacrosse team competing in over a dozen games while representing the Middle Eastern nation.
Grosz earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Robert Morris in 2012 and is currently pursuing his masters degree in clinical psychology from The New School for Social Research.
Howard Shirley enters his third season with the Cougar coaching staff.
Shirley is no stranger to the Kean lacrosse program having played for the Cougars from 1988-1991. After completing his eligibility he coached the Cougars for one season as an assistant. In addition he was able to travel abroad participating in the World Friendship Games (Japan) and Men’s Championship (Australia).
More recently, Shirley has been active in a high school role as an assistant at Northern Highlands and the Pingry School, in addition to being the head coach at Livingston.
Shirley is certified as a personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Kean in 1992.
Nick Angrisani transitions to the sidelines for this first season in 2013.
Angrisani was a four-year member of the lacrosse program, capping off his senior year by being named a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Honorable Mention All-American. In his time at Kean, he recorded 86 goals in addition to 29 assists. In 70 games played, he also collected 107 groundballs. Angrisani was named to the Skyline All-Conference team three times, the final two as a first-team member.
Angrisani is currently completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education.