Entering his 16th 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 13 years and Coach Sheiner has won 166 games as head of the Cougar program.
In 2017 and 2018, Sheiner collected 20 wins and the Cougars made their 12th and 13th straight playoff appearance. Two players were named all-conference, two were named to the All-ECAC and one USILA All-American selection in Tyler Randolph.
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 36 players to All-Conference accolades and has coached six 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.