Dennis Shea enters into his 24th season at the helm of the Monmouth men’s golf program and his 13th year with the title of Director of Golf. A three-time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year and mentor of MU’s first four-time All-NEC competitor, Anthony Campanile, Shea, along with a youthful group will look to send Monmouth back to the NCAA Tournament as it enters its fourth year of competition in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
Last season, the Hawks recorded four top-10 results, while also claiming a first place finish at the Monmouth Invitational. Shea guided two Hawks to a pair of medalist accolades, while five athletes landed in top-10 individually on 12 occasions. Kyle Burke and Drake Ferriter, who owned the two best stroke averages amongst returners, will look to lead the squad in 2016-17.
In 2014-15 Shea’s Hawks recorded five top-five finishes and posted seven-straight rounds of 300 or better heading into the MAAC Championships. Brady Goodling, who carded eight rounds of par or better, paced the Blue and White for the second-straight year, posting a 74.5 stroke average and landed in the top-10 four times, while earning a trio of top-five results. Shea welcomed Kyle Burke to the Hawks in the spring and he made an immediate impact, earning a pair of top-10 results, while Kyle Deisher finished third on the team with 77.3 stroke average. Shea guided his squad to a fourth place result at the conference championships, the squad's second-straight top-five finish at the conference event, as Colin Buckley earned a top-10 finish firing 226 over the 54-holes, while Burke and Goodling earned top-20 finishes.
It their first season in the MAAC, Shea guided his Hawks to a runner-up finish at the MAAC Championships, the highest finish at a league event since the 2007 season, finishing three strokes off the lead. The Hawks, who landed in the top-10 in 10 events including winning the 2013 Fall ECAC Championship, was paced by Goodling throughout the year. The two-time MAAC Golfer of the Month finished the year with five top-five finishes, including a pair of first place results, and a 75.3 stroke average. Corey Carrick and Deisher both competed in all 21 rounds for the Shea, each posting a top-five finish, while recording stroke averages of 77.9 and 78.5, respectfully.
In 2012-13, Shea led his team to 10 top-five finishes, including earning three team victories at the Brevard Invitational, Siena Dual Match and MU Quad Match. The Hawks captured fifth at the conference championships due in part to second-year Hawk Brady Goodling’s record setting tournament. The then sophomore, who was named to the all-tournament team, became the seventh player in league history to shoot a 68 in the first round and the second Hawk to accomplish the feat joining Campanile who posted the score in 2007. Goodling’s 36-hole total of 145 sits second all-time in the Monmouth record books. In addition, Shea mentored Ian Thimble to a team-best 75.3 stroke average and all-conference first team recognition.
Shea and the Hawks captured six top-5 finishes as a team, winning one tournament – the fall MU Quad match - during the 2011-12 campaign. Eight players shot a 79 or better on the year with Thimble and Goodling leading the way with 75 and 77 stroke averages, respectively. Thimble was named to the all-tournament and all-conference squads, while finishing the conference championships in second place and one stroke away from qualifying for the NCAA regionals.
In 2010-11, the Blue and White captured eight top-five finishes, highlighted by team wins at the Hawk Invitational and Mount St. Mary’s Spring Invitational. Greg Etimos earned his second career all-conference distinction after posting four top-five results and a 75.2 stroke average on the year. Etimos earned his first all-league honor during the 2009-10 campaign where he and the Hawks earned five top-five finishes.
Shea’s group earned three team victories at the MU Quad Match, the FDU Knights Invite and Mount St Mary’s Invitational during the 2008-09 year. The season prior, Shea’s squad broke a fall season program record with three team tournament wins saw the immergence of the 'sophomore sensation' group of Etimos, Taylor Krug, and Andrew Hurley along with the veteran expertise of All-NEC performer, Ryan Beck. The Hawks posted two team wins and four individual tournament titles - including three by Campanile - during the 2007-2008 season.
The 2006-07 season was magical as Shea's troops, led by All-NEC performers Campanile and Dave Marshall, won the 2007 NEC Championship and earned the Blue and White’s first trip to the NCAA West Regional in Tempe, Arizona.
In 2005, then-freshman Campanile won the overall championship, a first in Monmouth history, while the squad also claimed the ECAC Championship. At the championships event the Hawks placed four golfers in the top-20, while Shea drastically improved the clubs' stature on the East Coast, providing top-rated facilities and guidance.
After a second-place finish at the 2002 NEC Championships, en route to his second honor as the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year, Shea led the Blue and White to sixth-place showings the next two seasons. In 2004, Shea mentored sophomore Brian Hart into an All-NEC performer, en route to the team's finish.
In the fall of 2000, Shea guided the Blue and White to a first place finish at the ECAC New Jersey/New York Metropolitan Qualifier and his squad advanced to the ECAC Championships.
Coach Shea earned his first NEC Coach of the Year accolade in 1997 after guiding the Hawks to a second-place showing at the conference championships, as three Hawks' linksters earned all-conference accolades.
During his time in West Long Branch, Shea has mentored 12 All-NEC performers, who have been listed as all-conference 23 times including three-time performers Rick Wortman and two-time representatives Don Yarson and Phil Flora, Etimos, and Thimble. This includes coaching two-time NEC Conference Championship tournament winner Campanile in 2005 and 2008.
An avid golfer in his own right, Coach Shea has secured nearby Deal Golf & Country Club as the home course for his team, as well using Jumping Brook Country Club, Pine Barrens, Sun Eagles and Twin Brook driving range as practice facilities both men’s and women’s squads. He is an active member of the Metropolitan Golf Association and the New Jersey Golf Course Ratings Committee. A member at Deal, he has advanced in the Club Championship several times and was runner-up in the 1995 competition. He has also competed in the qualifier for the state amateur championship.
A 1966 graduate of Ithaca College, Shea is no stranger to coaching and teaching. He taught and coached in the Ramapo (N.J.) School District and has been involved in junior golf for several years.
While enrolled at Ithaca, Coach Shea was a standout, two-sport athlete, as he played on both the Bombers' baseball and soccer squads during his time in upstate New York.
A partner in the DenJoe Investment Company, Shea lives in Manasquan, N.J., with his wife Gloria, who is a nine-time Deal Golf and Country Club Champion (1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011). She is also the two-time club champion at Harbour Ridge Golf Club in Palm City, Florida, where she won the crown in 2006 and 2007. Shea, the proud grandfather of five, has a son, Dennis Jr., the 1996 Deal Club Champion, and a daughter, Nicole, an avid tennis player.