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Kean University

Men's D3
Coach: Shelley Sheiner
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8 / 10
11,812 Undergrads / 14,070 Students
4 / 10
$16,164 Net Price
3 / 10
74% Admitted
Team Conference
College Type
4-year, Public
Campus Type
Suburb: Large
Student Body

Undergrad Breakdown

Student-to-faculty Ratio

16 to 1

Return For Sophomore Year


Overall Graduation Rate


Graduate On Time / in 6 Years

21% / 50%

Calendar System


Religious Affiliation



On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.
Coach Recruiting Interview

The college recruiting process is a gamble in any sport. And lacrosse is no exception. Athletes develop physically and mentally at different stages throughout high school. Some players are heavily recruited early on while other great players are under recruited until late in their junior and senior years. Even good high school players aren’t guaranteed to be great college players. In college, a player’s success regardless of their high school performance is determined by their willingness to compete and their ability to balance academics, athletics and social life. Kean University Head Coach Shelley Sheiner, knows his role as a coach and mentor is to help his players achieve success by giving them support, structure, and guidance. When referring to his recruiting classes he says it’s not about who comes in, it’s about who comes back.

Kean University Head Coach Shelley Sheiner is a Cougar through and through. He played for the program and is now it’s longstanding head coach with 11 seasons under his belt. He has amassed four record-breaking seasons. In 2008 and 2010 his teams achieved a record 14 wins. In 2013 the Cougars set the bar higher with a 15-3 performance. 2014 was their finest year yet with a 16-3 result breaking the all-time wins total for a single season. 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.

What advice do you have for young players interested in playing DIII lacrosse?

Take a campus visit. Spend time interacting with students and getting a feel for student life. On recruiting visits, I don’t have recruits stay with the star player. For the star player life is good and things seem easier. Instead I put recruits with the guys who are moving their way up the depth chart. Recruits can learn the value of hard work and time management from some of our younger players. They can also better understand the challenges they will face as student-athletes. If the guys are busting their butts, working hard and still enjoying the university, then that speaks volumes to the quality of their experience.

I suggest you get to know the coaching staff as well. Understand what the head coach’s philosophy is and also get to know the assistant coaches. Are the assistants just making a pit stop at this college on their way to a bigger coaching job at a different school? What’s the coaching staff’s level of dedication? Be a smart shopper and really do your homework.

What’s the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?

A well written email and an athletic resume. Every coach knows a generic email when they see one. Craft a very thoughtful email because the written word jumps out to me. It shows the player is genuinely interested.

What are some questions players should ask more in the recruiting process?

Actually I have some questions that players should be asking less. Those questions are about playing time, about who our sponsors are or what our gear is like. Those aren’t bad questions to ask, but there’s a time and a place. Save them for the second visit or later on in the process. When you first meet a coach you want to show broader thinking. What style lacrosse do you play? Or, what are your most important values as a coach?

I like academic questions too because they show that a recruit is thinking beyond just the lacrosse aspect of a college.

What indications help you determine if a good high school player will become a great college player?

Measuring future talent based on previous athletic and academic performance is always a gamble. When I look at a recruiting class I don’t get excited about what comes in as much as I get excited about what comes back. Kids transfer, drop out or pursue other interests. Ultimately being a great college lacrosse player falls on the individual and their ambitions. They decide what they want to get out of their college lacrosse experience.

Academic performance is similar. We have recruits that barely get through our admissions process but end up pulling A’s and B’s throughout college. On the other hand, their teammates that were stronger high school students don’t perform as well in the classroom during their four years of college.

It’s a coach’s job to help their young men grow. While recruiting is a gamble, a coach has the ability to influence their gamble. The coach gives their players support, structure and guidance.

What’s special about being a student-athlete at Kean University?

We’re best known throughout New Jersey for our strong education, business, and sports medicine programs. A lot of our players pursue a career in education. We also offer more specific degrees like a Bachelor of Industrial Design. Students use applied art and applied science to redesign everyday objects from sports cars to furniture and even household appliances. Combine that education with a DIII lacrosse program and you’ve got a pretty unique college experience.

I can speak to being a student-athlete because I’m a Kean alum. Showing a recruit the school is like showing them my house. I’ve lived the student experience. It’s very gratifying to experience Kean from a teacher and coach’s perspective now. I’m proud to drive up to the school every day.

Great, thanks Coach Sheiner. Any final thoughts?

There’s only one national champion. If you don’t win that game is your season a failure? In 11 years of coaching nothing has been more important to me than making sure my players have the best experience possible. I’ve only had seven players transfer out of Kean in those 11 years. When players have fun and enjoy themselves, the wins will come.

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Player Experience Survey

Access to private tutors: Yes

Athlete-only facilities / meals: No

Hours / week on team activities

In-season: 21-30 Out-of-season 11-15

Average size of recruiting class

16-20 incoming recruits

Level of coach involvement in academics

9 / 10

Quality of athletic training staff

9 / 10

Quality of athletic / practice facilities

10 / 10

Description of coaching style

“Straight forward, tough, extremely honest, passionate, team oriented.”

“I like that we get young coaches that just graduated college not too long ago because it gives us more of a connection because they have recently just played the game with newest rules.”

“Great atmosphere. They push us hard and are excellent mentors.”

+ / - of overall team experience

“Everyone on the team is close and has a clear academic priority. Positive team environment. The only negative I can think of is being a young team competing in arguably the toughest conference in the nation.”

“Positive: Good chemistry on the field. Very close team relationship.
Negative: Long nights. Assistant coaching staff needs more experience.”

“Our team is a family, from the first on the depth chart to the last we all stick together and help each other, and much more than other programs.”

Team Road Trips

Most games are played in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.In the past the team has traveled to Texas and Virginia.

Recruit Commits
Nicholas Moffa Cherokee High School Marlton, NJ Mid, Faceoff
Benjamin Smith Eastern regional High school Berlin, NJ Att
Steven Thorne Hunterdon Central Flemington, NJ LSM
Kyle Ryder Clarkstown North Congers, NY Att
Charlie Stutzenberger Plymouth North Plymouth, MA Mid
Richard Burnadz DePaul Clifton, NJ Def
Tyler Costello Wayne Hills Wayne, NJ Def
Jake Cupoli Clifton Clifton, NJ Def
Kevin Buttel Clifton Clifton, NJ Att, Mid
Matt Tanis Jefferson Twp. Oak Ridge, NJ Def
Joe Neville Passaic Valley Woodland Park, NJ Mid
Greg Iannone Lakeland Regional Ringwood, NJ LSM
Michael Schwarz Edison Edison, NJ Mid, Att
Chris Bartel Morris Knolls Rockaway, NJ Goal
Justin Brown North Brunswick North Brunswick, NJ Mid, Att
Ray Wolak Kinnelon Kinnelon, NJ Def
Matthew Palmieri Waldwick / Post / St.John's Waldwick, NJ Def, LSM
Isaac Arowosaye West Orange West Orange, NJ Mid, Faceoff
Larson Wolf Old Bridge / Brevard Old Bridge, NJ Def
Thomas Francy Old Bridge Keyport, NJ Att
Zion Powell Brick Twp. Brick, NJ Def, LSM
Caleb Loran Lakeland Regional Ringwood, NJ Mid
Dylan Pelago Toms River North Toms River, NJ Mid, Def
T.J. Sharples Paramus Paramus, NJ Att, Mid
Justin Regester Lakeland Regional Ringwood, NJ Att
Tim Kaiser III Toms River South Beachwood, NJ Att
Mike Freeman Sparta Sparta, NJ Att
Brandon Williams Old Bridge Old Bridge, NJ Def, LSM
Thomas Brennan Vernon Twp. Vernon, NJ Mid, Faceoff
Chase Adams Phillipsburg Phillipsburg, NJ Att
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
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410 - 500
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830 - 1010
17 - 22

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Applicants 8,785 3,430 4,924
% Admitted 74% 76% 80%
% Admits That Enroll 23% 25% 22%

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Majors / Programs

Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

Psychology (19%)
Business (17%)
Education (10%)
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (7%)
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement (6%)
Health Professions (6%)
Communication & Journalism (6%)
English Language & Literature (5%)
Social Sciences (5%)
Visual & Performing Arts (5%)
History (3%)
Computer & Information Sciences (2%)
Mathematics & Statistics (2%)
Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies (2%)
Public Admin. & Social Services (2%)
Foreign Languages (1%)
Physical Sciences (1%)
Science Technologies (1%)
Engineering Technology
Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies
Philosophy & Religious Studies

Net Price

Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.


Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

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Sticker Price

Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

On Campus
Tuition & Fees$11,870 $18,637
Books & Supplies$1,384 $1,384
Cost of Living$12,780 $12,780
Personal Expenses$2,903 $2,903
Sticker Price$28,937 $35,704
Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

Financial Aid

83% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.
% Receiving Aid
Avg. Aid Amount
Type of Aid
Grant or Scholarship59%$7,965
Federal Grants49%$4,757
Pell Grants49%$4,623
Other Federal8%$838
State & Local Grants36%$5,165
Institutional Grants16%$3,290
Student Loans66%$10,508
Federal Loans63%$5,313
Other Loans26%$13,802
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All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

Per Student
Financial Assets $14 Million $996
Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.
3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 6.2%
Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.5%.
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Campus Safety
On Campus
In Residence Halls
Criminal Offenses
Murder - -
Negligent Manslaughter - -
Rape 4 4
Fondling - -
Incest - -
Statutory Rape - -
Robbery - -
Aggravated Assault - -
Burglary 4 -
Motor Vehicle Theft 1 -
Arson - -

In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

Carnegie Classifications
Basic ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Undergrad InstructionBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
Graduate InstructionResearch Doctoral: Single program-Education
Enrollment ProfileHigh undergraduate
Undergrad ProfileFour-year, medium full-time, inclusive, higher transfer-in
Size and SettingFour-year, large, primarily nonresidential

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