Shea graduated from the College in 1995. He played men's soccer from 1990-1993. He is one of the most decorated athletes in the history of the College. His athletic honors include: 1992 Co-MVP, 1992 All New England, 1992 New England Region Adidas Scholar, 1992 Athlete Soccer All American, 1992 First Team All American, 1992 NEISL All Star Team, 1991 First Team All MASCAC, 1991 All New England Division III First Team, 1991 NEISL All Star Team, 1990 All New England Division Third Team, 1990 All MASCAC Team, 1990 NEISL All Star Team, fifth in Goals in Career with 30 from 1990-93, third in Career Assists with 21 from 1990-92, and the 1992-93 Louis Parisien Memorial Award winner. Derek played professional soccer for the Albany Alleycats (USISL).