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Tufts University

Tufts University Athletics Department
Tisch Sports & Fitness Ctr - 161 College Ave Medford, MA 02155
Division 3 Massachusetts Northeast
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Courtney Shute

After leading Tufts Women’s Lacrosse to the program’s first-ever NCAA “Final Four” appearance in 2019, Courtney Shute is now in her eighth season leading the Jumbos.


Coach Shute's team had an historic 2019 season in which they finished with a 19-3 record, three more victories than any Jumbo team has had previously. 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 recruited to Tufts by Coach Shute and her staff, including IWLCA National Player of the Year Dakota Adamec. The four total honorees for the Jumbos tied for the most out of any team in the country. Tufts featured eight All-Region honorees and swept the major NESCAC Awards that year, 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.


In 2020, Tufts was off to a 3-0 start and the Jumbos were ranked second in the IWLCA poll when the season was canceled due to coronavirus. Coach Shute has guided the Jumbos to a .691 winning percentage with a 76-34 record since the 2014 season.


Coach Shute’s teams have received three 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. For 2020, eight 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. Last spring 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. The team is also involved with Team IMPACT, the non-profit organization which works to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by pairing them with collegiate athletic teams.


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 one-year old son Bodhi and reside in Waltham.

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Hedy Veith

Tufts All-American Hedy Veith joins the Jumbo coaching staff for the 2020-21 season.


Veith was a four-year starter for Coach Shute’s Tufts teams from 2016-19. She was a two-time IWLCA All-American for the Jumbos, earning first team honors in 2019 and third-team recognition in 2018. During the 2019 team’s “Final Four” season, Veith repeated as an IWLCA Pilgrim Region first team selection and was the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and an All-Conference first team selection. She led the team with 39 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers.


A three-time NESCAC All-Academic Team selection, Veith graduated from Tufts in 2019 with a degree in economics and community health. She also earned IWLCA Academic Honor Roll accolades as a player.


Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Veith was on the lacrosse and field hockey teams at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School.

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