Courtney Shute
Courtney Shute
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (617) 627-0768
Email: wlacrosse@tufts.edu

After leading Tufts Women’s Lacrosse to the program’s first-ever NCAA "Final Four" appearance in 2019 and then to the NCAA Championship Game for 2021, Courtney Shute has guided the Jumbos to the top of Division III. She is now in her ninth season leading the team.

After coaching Tufts to a pair of historic firsts in 2021, Coach Shute was named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Pilgrim Region Coach of the Year. She guided Tufts to great success in a year of uncertainty caused by the pandemic. In a shortened season, Tufts captured its first NESCAC Championship with a 14-3 victory against Wesleyan University. Shute was named NESCAC Coach of the Year for the second straight time. In NCAA play, the team reached the Final Four again and defeated St. John Fisher (12-10) to advance to the NCAA Championship Game. The Jumbos lost by the closest of margins (14-13) to Salisbury University.

The 2021 Jumbos placed five players who were recruited to Tufts by Coach Shute and her staff on the IWLCA Division III All-America teams, and six were NESCAC All-Conference honorees. That group was led by Division III Goalkeeper of the Year / NESCAC Player of the Year Molly Laliberty and NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year Catherine Lawliss.

In 2019 Coach Shute's team finished with a 19-3 record, three more victories than any Jumbo team had previously earned. Tufts was one of four NCAA Regional hosts in the nation and advanced to the Final Four with an 11-6 quarterfinal win against York College (Pa.). They also finished as the NESCAC runner-up, falling 10-9 in the conference championship game against eventual national champion Middlebury College. The Jumbos were ranked fourth in the final IWLCA Division III poll.

The 2019 team featured four All-Americans, including IWLCA National Player of the Year Dakota Adamec. Tufts swept the major NESCAC Awards that season, with Shute receiving Coach of the Year, Adamec winning Player of the Year for the second straight season and Hedy Veith named Defensive Player of the Year.

Coach Shute has guided the Jumbos to a .711 winning percentage with a 86-35 record since the 2014 season. Her teams have received four NCAA berths overall. The 2018 team finished 13-5, which at the time was the most wins the program had seen since 2009. They also made it to the second round of the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2015 that year. The Jumbos advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 in 2015 when they won a second-round game at Messiah 14-7.

The Jumbos are also consistently one of the top academic teams in the nation under Coach Shute's guidance. In 2021 Lawliss received Academic All-America® recognition, and 15 team members were on the NESCAC All-Academic Team for carrying grade point averages of 3.50 or better. They are also committed to community service. In 2020 the team took part in the Headstrong Foundation’s “Last Shift Virtual 5K Challenge” to support cancer patients who are among those at highest risk of suffering from COVID-19.

Shute had previously been part of the SUNY Cortland coaching staff from 2010-13, and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in fall 2012. During her tenure, the Red Dragons played in three consecutive NCAA "Final Fours" from 2011-2013. They compiled an outstanding 62-6 overall record during Shute's three seasons for a .912 winning percentage. She also earned a Master's of Science degree in sports management while at Cortland.

The all-time leading scorer in Cornell University history, Coach Shute was inducted into the Cornell University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018. She played for the Big Red from 2005-08 and led the team in scoring for each of her four seasons to finish with 213 career points on 122 goals and 91 assists. She was an IWLCA All-American, a four-time All-Ivy pick, and three times an All-Region honoree.

Shute is a 2008 graduate of Cornell, where she earned a bachelor's degree in applied economics and management. She immediately went into coaching, serving as an assistant at Division I American University for the 2009 season. She was then an assistant for the 2010 Ivy League runners-up at Dartmouth College.

A member of the United States Development Team from 2006-08, Shute founded and directs teamthirteen, a women's lacrosse specialty company which focuses on the development of fundamental skills and teamwork in girls and young women. She also spends summers working the top college recruiting showcases and instructional camps.

Shute became the sixth head coach of Jumbo Women's Lacrosse since the program was founded in 1975. Originally from Fayetteville, New York, she is a 2004 graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School. Courtney is married to Sarah Shute, who is Head Field Hockey Coach at MIT. They have a two-year old son Bodhi and one-year old daughter Sawyer and reside in Waltham.