Matt Shields

Burning River Coach


Quick Facts

Coach Shields is entering his third season as head coach for the Walsh University women’s lacrosse team. He led the Walsh to a 13-5 record in the 2019 season and an appearance in the G-MAC semifinals. He is the former assistant coach to both the men’s and women’s teams at Walsh.

Prior to Walsh, Shields was a coach at the high school level in many capacities. He was the coach for the Mercer Island summer camp with young lacrosse players. He coached Mercer Island at the National High School Lacrosse Showcase once before as well. Along with Mercer Island, he was a coach for the club team, Team Washington, that comprised of ninth and tenth graders.

Shields was a decorated student-athlete at the University of Mount Olive. Shields was an integral part of the first NCAA Tournament appearance that the Trojans made in 2016. Shields is all over the Mount Olive record books as he is the career leader in goals (147), assists (83) and points (230) as well as the season leader for goals (47).

He earned two First Team All-Conference honors and one Second Team All-Conference nod for the Conference Carolinas. He was the Trojans’ Most Valuable Player on Offense in 2014 and 2015 and followed that up with a team captain honor the following season. Due to his academic and athletic accomplishments, Shields was named a DII Scholar All-American by the USILA (United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in 2016.