Derek Shea enters his sixth season with Amherst's men's soccer staff after a varied club and high school coaching career in the Pioneer Valley.
Shea played an integral role in helping the Purple & White tie its single season highwater mark for wins (18) in 2015 en route to securing the program's first ever national title last December.
A former volunteer assistant at UMass, Shea has served as a coach with the Western United club team, while also working with boys and girls' high school programs in Amherst. Helping to run numerous local clinics, including the UMass camps, he holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Diploma.
A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Shea earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from North Adams State College (currently MCLA) in 1992. While at North Adams, Shea earned All-New England recognition on three occasions, twice being named to the first team. A two-year captain, he helped North Adams earn a pair of NCAA Tournament berths and is a member of the school's Hall of Fame. After playing professionally for the Albany Alleycats of the USL, he earned a master's in education from UMass before working for several area schools. Currently an Assistant Principal at Crocker Farm Elementary School, Shea resides in Amherst with his wife Natalie and two children, Aidan and Maddie.