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Tim Shea '83G – Athletic Director (2002-2014), Head Women's Basketball Coach (1981-2011)
Shea joined Salem State as the full-time women's basketball coach in 1981 after a successful stint at Salem High School. During his tenure, Salem State dominated the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), winning a combined 38 championships -- (22 regular season and 16 postseason titles). Shea, one of the all-time wins leaders in NCAA Division III women's basketball history, had an overall record of 649--179 (.784); achieved his greatest accomplishment during the 1985-86 season when he directed the Lady Vikings to the university's first and - to date – only national team championship. The 1985-86 Lady Vikings posted a 29-1 final record and were ranked No. 1 the entire season. Shea was also cited by the New England Women's Basketball Coaches Association (NEWBA) and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) with regional and national coach-of-the-year honors.
Before retiring from coaching in 2011, Shea led the school to a record 24 NCAA Division III post-season tournaments, including 14 in a row from 1993-2006, and coached nine NCAA Division III All-Americans during his tenure. The basketball court at Twohig Gymnasium was renamed Tim Shea Court in 2015.
His tenure as athletic director included the addition of several varsity sports, including men's and women's lacrosse, and women's ice hockey. The O'Keefe Sports Complex facilities also received significant upgrades as the department of athletics and recreation expanded with the addition of the new Gassett Fitness Center in 2013. The University also renamed the athletics endowment, the Timothy P. Shea '83G Athletic Endowment in 2015.