Now in her fifth season, head coach Courtney Shute has the Tufts University women's lacrosse program among the top 20 teams in the nation on an annual basis.
After narrowly missing an NCAA Tournament berth in 2014, Shute's first season, the Jumbos advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 in 2015 and were a nationally-ranked team throughout 2016 and 2017. The 2015 team earned the program's first NCAA berth since 2011 and won a second-round game at Messiah 14-7. In the very competitive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Tufts advanced to the conference championship semi-final also for the first time since 2011 that year. The Jumbos won nine games in 2016 and 10 in 2017 as a young roster recruited to Tufts by Coach Shute continues to emerge.
The 2017 Jumbos featured the top freshman player in the country as Emily Games was the lone first-year on the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-America Teams. NESCAC's Rookie of the Year, she was second in the league with 49 goals and fourth in overall scoring with 64 points. Games was one of three Tufts players named to the IWLCA All-Region squad.
Coach Shute's Jumbos are also consistently one of the top academic teams in the nation as the IWLCA recognizes Tufts as an Academic Honor Squad regularly. The team is also actively involved in community service. In June 2016 Coach Shute took the Jumbos on a service trip to Jamaica organized by the Lacrosse Volunteer Corps, a sports charity program of Fields of Growth International in the USA.
Shute had previously been part of the SUNY Cortland staff under head coach Kathy Taylor from 2010-13. She was promoted from assistant 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, Shute played for the Big Red from 2005-08. She led the team in scoring for each of her four seasons and finished 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.
In January 2017 Courtney married Sarah Shute, the associate head field hockey coach at Boston University. They reside in Waltham.