Tim Shea, widely known as “Coach Shea” on and off the football field, is heading off to do bigger and better things. After six years of coaching Woodland football, he resigned from his position as head coach this past spring and has taken on a position as an Assistant Coach of the Offensive Line at Post University.
“It’s different; it’s a lot less responsibility,” says Shea. “It’s fun to take a step back as a coach and just coach, as opposed to being a head administrator.”
Previous to Woodland, Shea was assistant coach at Foran High School, Naugatuck, and Milford Academy. At Milford Academy, he helped lead the team to a National Championship in 1996, and coached six players that were later drafted into the NFL.
Shea, a four sport athlete at Naugatuck High School, was also captain of the football team and was named an All-NVL athlete in football. He was named athlete of the week at Naugatuck and Milford Academy. After high school, he attended the University of Rhode Island on a full athletic scholarship and played collegiate football as well.
Shea’s experience with collegiate football along with his high school years has helped him become a better coach, which is reflected throughout his endless achievements at all the programs at which he has played.
“I’ve been able to, over the 12-13 years I’ve been here, from Mr. Scavone now to Mr. Fell as the AD to let me find my way, coaching wise,” said Shea. “I’ve had a lot of help along the way with not only the assistant coaches but also the athletes. They’re really buying into what we’re trying to teach and have been very successful at it.”
Shea has helped lead Woodland to a lot of victories over the past years, especially with two consecutive State Championship titles in 2004 and 2005.
“Although I am not coaching Woodland Football any longer, I am still the head indoor and outdoor track coach,” said Shea. “There are a lot of college level opportunities available and that’s my goal.”
The success at Woodland is unquestionable not only in Football but also Indoor and Outdoor Track. The trophy hall way reflects countless athletes accomplishments throughout the years here all with the help of Coach Shea.
“The overall experience as a coach resonates in my mind. I like to take my success as an athlete and former coach at Woodland to provide it to the kids here in the Valley,” said Shea. “Too many special players come through here to just pick one. I think the trophy hallway speaks for itself.”
Coach Shea hopes to bring his success from coaching the Woodland Hawks over the Post University in his new position.
“I am very proud to have coached the Hawks,” says Shea. “I look forward for another successful year at Woodland and wherever my career brings me next.”