Entering his 15th Season as Head Coach of the Kean University men’s lacrosse program, Shelley Sheiner has guided the Cougars to much success over his tenure. Kean has qualified for the postseason in each of the past 12 years and Coach Sheiner has won 154 games as head of the Cougar program.
In 2016, Sheiner guided the Cougars to their 11th-straight winning season and 11th-straight playoff appearance. Seven players were named all-conference and Ciro Ulinski was named a Scholar All-American by the US Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
The 2013 & 2014 Cougars broke the program's all-time single season wins total in back-to-back years; in 2013 Kean won 15 games and then the team won 16 in 2014. The prior record was 14 wins, which was accomplished in three different years (1993, 2008, and 2010). Two of those seasons were under Coach Sheiner’s guidance. During the 2013 season, Coach Sheiner reached the 100-win mark with a 10-9 victory over Birmingham Southern College on March 15.
In 2010 the Cougars captured their first ECAC championship in 15 years with an 11-7 win over in-state rival Richard Stockton in the Division III Mid-Atlantic Men’s Lacrosse Championship. In 2008, the team captured the program's first-ever Skyline Conference championship with a thrilling 8-7 come-from-behind victory over arch-rival Montclair State University, advancing the Cougars to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.
For the past ten seasons, Sheiner's squads have posted winning records. The last time the Cougars had this much success was under the legendary Hawley Waterman. A Kean student-athlete at the time, Sheiner was a defender on the 14-win, 1993 team that won the program's last of four Knickerbocker Conference Championship titles. Coach Sheiner credits Coach Waterman as one of his coaching mentors.
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 New Jersey lacrosse history and a member of the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Sheiner credits Jacobsen as the person who gave him his start in coaching some 18 years ago.
The Israel Lacrosse Association announced that in the summer of 2014 that Sheiner was to be one of the assistant coaches for the Israeli National Team. The team won its group and finished seventh in the world out of 38 nations entered in the tournament. Skyline Player of the Year Richard Cheifitz and assistant coach Michael Grosz represented Israel as players during those games.
Sheiner has coached 34 players to All-Conference accolades and has coached five USILA All-Americans. In 2008 he was voted by his peers the 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.
Sheiner is an active member in the New Jersey chapter of US Lacrosse and a sitting member on the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame Committee. He is a special education teacher at Roy W. Brown Middle School in Bergenfield, NJ. In his spare time he volunteers as a coach for the Fair Lawn Junior Wrestling Program. He resides in Fair Lawn with his wife Kelly and their children, Jacob and Sarah.
A pioneer of Cougar athletics, 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.
Russell King re-joins the coaching staff of his alma mater for his third season as assistant coach of the Kean University men’s lacrosse team in 2018. King serves as the defensive coordinator.
A two-time All-Skyline Conference long stick midfielder as a Cougar, King gobbled up 46 ground balls and forced 13 turnovers while assisting on four Kean goals in his senior season.
King has coaching experience with River Dell Regional High School and Building Blocks Lacrosse. He is a 2014 Kean graduate with a degree in history education, and is currently a social studies teacher at Kawameeh Middle School in Union.
Mike Cantelli joins the Kean University men’s lacrosse program for his second season on the sideline in 2018. Cantelli serves as the offensive coordinator.
Previously, Cantelli played and coached at SUNY Cortland, where he was a Second-Team All-American and twice named to the SUNYAC All-Conference team. He scored 118 points on 70 goals and 48 assists during his four-year career. He led the Red Dragons to a 24-0 record in conference play, won four SUNYAC Tournament titles and made four NCAA Div. III playoff appearances during his career. He earned a spot in the 2015 North-South Game.
Cantelli earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Cortland in 2015. He currently is a teacher in the Holmdel School District.
Edward Adams returns to the coaching staff for his second season in 2018 after concluding his playing career with the Cougars as the program’s Most Valuable Player in 2016.
Adams was a Second-Team All-Skyline Conference selection as a senior, when he won a team-high 234 faceoffs. He had the 16th-best faceoff winning percentage and 19th-most ground balls (143) in the nation.
The Montclair, New Jersey native’s career totals include 323 faceoffs won, 205 ground balls, five goals and six assists.
He is looking to complete his undergraduate degree from Kean in criminal justice with a concentration in law in 2018.
Tim Flounders joins the Cougar coaching staff in his first season in 2018.
Flounders comes to Kean after finishing his collegiate playing career at Arcadia University with a stop at Endicott College. The goalie helped organize a charity lacrosse game for the Headstrong Foundation.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Arcadia in 2017 and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Kean.