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Titanium Ohio Coaching Staff

Dave Ames

Dave Ames has been the first varsity assistant coach at Dublin Jerome High School since the program's inception there in 2005.  During his tenure, Dublin Jerome has won three state championships (2005, 2010, and 2011) and finished runner-up four times (2006, 2012, 2013 and 2014).  Dave was the 2010 and 2012 US Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year.  As defensive coordinator, he has sent many players to D1 college programs, had all four starting defensemen (three close, one LSM) receive 1st team all-state honors in 2011.  Dave coached Dublin Jerome to an impressive 4.75 Goals Against Average (GAA) in 2011 and a remarkable 3.8 GAA in 2012.

Dave served as an assistant coach on the 2010 and 2011 Under Armour Midwest team and the 2013 Brine Ohio All-Star team. He was the head coach at Westerville North (2002–2004), an assistant at Chaparral (Arizona, 2000–2002) and an assistant at Arizona State University (1999–2000). Dave played college lacrosse at the University of Arizona and Bentley University; and played high school lacrosse at the The Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts.

Nathan Reed, Director of Titanium Cincinnati - Boys

Coach Reed is a 1998 graduate of Moeller High School and the Moeller Lacrosse program.  He went on to have an outstanding lacrosse career at Wittenberg University where he was a four-time letter winner, three-time all-conference selection, two-time team MVP, and team captain his senior year.  

After graduation Nathan spent four years as an assistant coach at Sycamore High School, during which time his team won a Division II State Championship. He was a very successful head coach at Indian Hill High School where his team went to the state tournament regional finals.  

Nathan was Cincinnati Moeller’s head coach for seven years.  During his tenure at Moeller the Crusaders won a regional championship in 2011, had 5 US All Americans, 2 Academic All American and have sent 25 players on to play college lacrosse.

Colin Hartnett

Colin Hartnett begins his fifth season as the head men's lacrosse coach at Otterbein following a 12-5 campaign which was capped off by a trip to the NCAA tournament.  Hartnett started the program in 2010 and as the program's only head coach, he has led the Cardinals to a regular season record of 32-32. After the program's first back to back winning seasons, Hartnett and the Cardinals will look to return to the NCAA tournament in 2014.

 

Hartnett began his coaching at St. John Fisher College in 2003. In his five years at Fisher, he helped build a team from the ground up and take it to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) playoffs three years in a row and to a school best 11-3 record in 2008.                                                                                     

 

Hartnett, a native of Canandaigua, N.Y, received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Wooster in 2003. He earned four varsity letters in lacrosse, finishing his career as the school’s fourth all-time leading scorer. As a freshman, Hartnett scored 52 points and was runner-up for the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Newcomer of the Year award. He was a two-time member of the All-NCAC team and served as team captain his junior season.

Bill Olin

Bill Olin is set to be the first ever head coach for Capital University (D3), who will start competition in the spring of 2014. Prior to being hired at Capital University, Olin served as assistant men’s lacrosse coach for two seasons (2010-12) at the State University of New York at Potsdam, a Division III institution. Serving as defensive coordinator, Olin helped lead the Bears to their first-ever home State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) tournament game and appearance in the conference tournament final in 2011. During that same year, one of his defensemen was named SUNYAC Player of the Year and honorable mention All-America. During his playing days, Olin was a four-year starter in goal for Rutgers University.

Brett Stewart

Brett Stewart begins his second season as assistant coach at Hilliard Darby High School.  Stewart began his coaching career in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where he was an assistant coach for W.T. Dwyer High School in 2002.  After moving back to Central Ohio, he became the assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Westerville Central High School in 2003.  The following year he returned to his alma mater, Dublin Scioto High School, as the assistant coach and defensive coordinator, where he coached from 2004 to 2009.  During that time he coached numerous all-state and all-Midwest players as well as four All-Americans.

Brett was a three-year starter and all-state recipient in high school. He was a starter of the 1997 state championship team. After graduation, Brett attended the University of South Carolina, where he earned an SELC all-star spot as a freshman. The following year he transferred to Wingate University where he was a three-year starter at LSM and defense. Brett started for Wingate when the team went to the 2001 NCAA Final Four.

Joe Bano

Joe Bano, currently a midfielder for the University of Denver, has seven years of lacrosse experience having played at Jerome HS prior to his college career.   He received ECAC All-Academic honors in 2013, was named 2012 US Lacrosse Academic All-American and named 2012 ESPN Top 100 Recruit.   Joe enjoys stringing sticks and helping coach middle school kids during summer lacrosse programs

 

Sean Stirsman

Sean Stirsman is an assistant coach at Olentangy High School. Before coaching at the high school level, he was the head middle school coach at Olentangy Orange Middle School for two years. He is a graduate of Mariemont High School where he won a State Championship in 2007 and earned 1st Team All-State honors as a defenseman while serving as team captain. Sean continued to play at the club level for Ohio State, graduating in 2013 with a degree in business and currently works in Dublin.

Rob Schmeling

Rob Schmeling was a four year starter for the Freeport High School lacrosse team in Long Island, New York, and a captain his junior and senior years. Rob received all-county along with all-division honors and played in the North-South All Star Game. He also served as an alternate for the New York Empire State Games.  After high school, Rob went on to attend Ohio State University, where he earned a degree in education. While at OSU, he also played on the Buckeyes Men’s Varsity Lacrosse squad for three seasons.

After college, Coach Schmeling’s passion for lacrosse transitioned from playing the game to teaching and coaching. In this capacity, he has served as the Offensive Coordinator for the Upper Arlington High School Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse program for 9 years, coach and advisor for Hilliard Youth Lacrosse Program for 5 years, Head Coach for the Hilliard Ohio Cup lacrosse team for 4 years and assistant coach for the 2008 Central Ohio,Team 614 U-13 National Lacrosse team. Coach Schmeling is the head coach at Hilliard Darby High School and has also been named the head coach for the 2012-2013 All America National Lacrosse Classic Team Ohio.

Steven Simonetti

Steven Simonetti Jr. played college lacrosse at the University of Denver from 2007 to 2011.  He saw action in 47 games throughout his career, including leading the Pioneers as a starting defenseman on the 2011 team that was the first to host a first round game of the NCAA Tournament west of the Mississippi river.  Under Steven's defensive leadership, the 2011 Denver squad was the first in school history to make a Final Four appearance in the NCAA Tournament.  Steven is a 2007 graduate of Dublin Jerome High School where he was a three-year varsity letter winner and lead the Celtics to one State Championship (2005) and one Runner-Up finish (2006). 

Bryan Arnold

 

Bryan Arnold is entering his second season as the head JV and varsity assistant lacrosse coach at Dublin Jerome High School, where is a social studies teacher. Prior to coaching at Jerome he served as an assistant coach for one season each at Dublin Coffman High School and Olentangy Orange High School.

Before Bryan became a high school teacher and coach, he spent just under three years as the Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Coordinator at Wittenberg University (D3). While at Wittenberg he helped turn the Tigers from having consecutive losing records to consistent winning records leading them eventually to the NCAA tournament.  He coached two All-Americans and numerous other NCAC All-League players. 

Bryan played college lacrosse at Denison University (1 year) and Wittenberg University (3 years). During his tenure, he was a three-year starter, a three-time All-NCAC Defensemen, a two-year team captain and a two-time team Defensive player of the year. In high school, Bryan played lacrosse at Dublin Scioto High School. He was a two-year starter, two-time Second Team All-Ohio and two-time Honorable Mention All-Midwest. While at Scioto, he played in two State Champions in 1999 and 2001 with Scioto winning in 1999.  Bryan has a passion for lacrosse that grew out of his life long exposure to the game through his father who played at Ohio State and coaching in Dublin for 15 seasons.

Todd Babione

Todd Babione is an assistant coach at Olentangy High School.  He played high school lacrosse at Dublin Jerome where they won back-to-back State Championships in 2010 and 2011, were state finalists in 2012, and won a Midwest Championship  in 2012.   

 
 

Zach Peterson

Zach Peterson is the Head Boys Lacrosse Coach at Olentangy High School.  In 2013 Coach Peterson lead the team to a program best record (18-2) and was named the OCC and US Lacrosse Coach of the Year.  Prior to Olentangy, Peterson coached at Dublin Jerome for 5 seasons, and was the head coach at Perry Middle School for 3 seasons.  Peterson also runs our Titanium Columbus Youth Summer Camps and Leagues.

John Horner

John Horner is a defenseman at Towson University.  He was the 2011 Ohio Defenseman of the Year, All-American, and 1st Team All-State and All-Midwest for Dublin Jerome High School.  A team captain, John led his team to back-to-back state championships (2010, 2011) and has a 4.75 Goals Against Average in 2011.

Brett Dillon

Brett is the former head lacrosse coach at Gahanna Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio. In his ninth year at GLHS, he has served as a varsity assistant from the program’s inception and took over as head coach in 2007. He takes pride in his holistic approach to coaching by staying equally involved with the programs offense, defense and specialty positions. Brett began his career as an assistant coach at Westerville North High School in 2004. A native of Northeast Ohio, lacrosse was not an option at Cortland Lakeview High School, so Brett found his love for the game at Youngstown State University while pursuing his degree in Marketing Management and becoming a founding member of the club lacrosse program.  He played close defense for the Penguins for 3 years and served as player/coach during his senior year. Brett believes in developing complete players both on the field and off, and has experienced and forged so many positive relationships in his 17 years that he commits to provide opportunities for everyone to play the game with respect and pride for their community.

Chris Kendall 

 

Chris Kendall is a D1 defenseman at Quinnipiac University, where he started eight games as a freshman.  As a three-year starter for Dublin Jerome, Chris received multiple all-state, all-Midwest and all-conference honors, as well as a US Lacrosse Bob Scott Award.  As a team captain, Chris led Jerome to the 2012 Midwest Championship, back-to-back state championships in 2010 and 2011, and state championship runner up in 2012.  Chris also played for Titanium Lacrosse and is now studying health sciences at Quinnipiac.

Joe Horine

Joe Horine played as a goalie, midfielder, and close defender at Dublin Jerome High School, where he earned Academic All-American honors in 2009. He then played club lacrosse for Miami University. After graduating early in December of 2012, he served as an assistant coach for the men's club team. Joe is currently working for Nationwide Insurance, and this will be his second year coaching with Titanium. 

 

Austin Bright

 

Austin Bright played attack and was drafted by the Ohio Machine in their inaugural 2012 season. Previously, he played D1 at Bellarmine University where he started 4 years, was selected MVP as a junior, and selected as a team captain his senior year. In high school, he played at Olentangy and was selected as a two time captain while earning multiple all-state and all-conference honors. Austin currently works at Price Farms Organics and serves as a varsity assistant coach for Olentangy High School.

Gary Harkin

Gary Harkin currently coaches lacrosse at Olentangy Shanahan Middle School, and also serves as the Commissioner of the Olentangy Youth Athletic Association Boys Lacrosse program.  Under his guidance, Olentangy Youth Lacrosse has become one of the largest and most successful youth lacrosse programs in the Midwest - with over 500 boys playing on 24 rec league lacrosse teams, and several spring travel teams (Olentangy Iroquois), as well as the Olentangy Renegades.  This is Coach Harkin's second season as a Titanium Ohio 2018 team coach.

A native of Queens, NY, Coach Harkin grew up in Granville, Ohio.  After a three-year stint in the US Army, Gary attended the Ohio State University.  He currently resides in Delaware County with his wife Anne and their four children.

Zach Braman

Zach Braman is currently the head coach at Olentangy Liberty Middle School.  He played lacrosse for Westerville North High School, played for Bellarmine University, and coached multiple Louisville high school teams.  He was the 2012 offensive coordinator at Westerville North HS.

Michael Lippert

Michael Lippert co-captained Worthington Kilbourne to a state runner-up finish in spring of 2005.  Upon graduation, Michael immediately began coaching and now has seven years of experience to show for it.  Michael began his coaching career in Worthington; where he helped two separate middle schools (Perry MS & McCord MS) to top five finishes in the ‘A’ bracket of the middle school tournament and was also on staff at Worthington Kilbourne for the school’s only state championship in 2009.  Since then, Michael served two seasons as JV head coach and varsity assistant at New Albany High School and two seasons at Olentangy Orange High School as the program’s defensive coordinator.  Michael is now very excited and looking forward to returning to his alma mater Worthington Kilbourne for the 2014 season, where he will serve as the program’s offensive coordinator.

Chris Johnson 

Christopher Johnson played his high school career for Olentangy Liberty, ultimately becoming a senior captain for the 2010 season. He played defense for the 12-4 2010 Patriots, improving from the 2008 and 2009 seasons in which Liberty was 3-13 and 5-10 respectively. In the 2010 season, Christopher was part of the top 10 in the state defense unit that averaged under 7 goals allowed per game. Upon graduation, he attended The Ohio State University, where he is enrolled currently.  In the spring of 2011, Christopher began coaching JV defense at Worthington Kilbourne, and was part of the coaching staff that went on to be state championship runner-ups. He also became a Young Life leader at Kilbourne that spring, and continues to lead. The next year he went on to coach a top-5 McCord Middle School team. Christopher is currently a senior at the Ohio State University pursuing a degree in Public Affairs with a minor in Non-Profit Management.

 

Leo Horine

Leo Horine, a US Lacrosse All-American, captained his team to a second consecutive state title while rounding out his high school career with 130 goals and 49 assists.  Multiple-year winner of all-state, all-Midwest and all-conference honors along with being an AP National Scholar, Leo also played for the Under Armour Midwest squad and Titanium Lacrosse before heading off to play D1 lacrosse at Quinnipiac, where he is currently studying biology and health sciences.

Derek Scheetz

 

Derek Scheetz has coached youth lacrosse for over five years, including three years as the head coach of a 5th and 6th grade travel squad in Olentangy.  He joined the coaching staff at his alma mater Dublin Jerome High School in 2012.  A 2006 graduate of Dublin Jerome, Derek was an All American attackman who lead his team to the 2005 State Championship and 2006 Runner-Up finish.

Josh Lambert

Bio coming soon!

Greg Rose

Greg Rose played high school lacrosse at Kinnelon in New Jersey where he was awarded all-county and all-state honors.  He played for The Ohio State University's varsity team as well as their club team for four years. Greg has been a youth Upper Arlington coach for the past four years..  He also has been a member and on the council of the Old Dogs Lacrosse Club.

Nick Biller

Nick Biller has been playing lacrosse for 12 years, he started playing in HYLA where he now volunteers as much as possible.  He ended his lacrosse career at Hilliard Bradley, he played varsity for 3 years. Junior and senior year he led his team in goals and senior year broke the record for most goals in a single season. He also a team captain senior year and was awarded offensive MVP. Nick also helped coach for the Attack Cats travel team over the summer.  

Jason Godwin

 

Jason Godwin is the head boy's lacrosse coach at Olentangy Liberty High School.  Prior to taking over at Liberty, Godwin was the head boy's lacrosse coach at Hilliard Davidson from 2008 to 2012.  His lacrosse career includes playing at the college D-III level for the College of Wooster (2000) where he earned two All-Conference honors as a defenseman.  Jason is a teacher in the Hilliard City School district at Beacon Elementary School.  Coach Godwin has received several coaching accolades including 2009 OHSLA Lacrosse Coach of the Year, 2009 & 2010 US Lacrosse Ohio Chapter Coach of the Year, and 2010 OCC Buckeye Coach of the Year.

Greg McGee

Greg McGee is a 1992 graduate of Abington high school in the Philadelphia suburbs where he received all state honors his senior year. He went on to be a 4 year starter at attack at West Chester University where he helped lead his team to a Division II ECAC championship with a win over LeMoyne his sophomore season.   He finished with 90 goals and 123 assists in his college career, which placed him 2nd in school history for assists, and was the school's 5th player ever to reach the 200 point mark.

After coaching one season at Archbishop John Carroll High school in Wayne, PA, and reaching the Catholic League finals, Greg went on to coach at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia from 1998-2002. As the offensive coordinator, he helped the SJU Hawks defeat Fairfield University in the MAAC DI finals to become the 2000 MAAC Champions. Greg continued to play and coach recreationally before moving to Ohio in 2009, where he has been coaching in the Olentangy youth lacrosse program for 3 years.

Eric Pickering

 

Eric Pickering is a 1992 Graduate of Thomas Worthington High School in Ohio where he played on the three-time Ohio high school state champion team, Mid-West runner up team in 1992, and played in the Ohio High School All-Star Lacrosse game.  Eric played at Butler in the early 90s and was goalie coach for Westerville South lacrosse in the late 90s.  Eric now plays goalie for the Ball Hawgs lacrosse club in Columbus.  Eric is a licensed psychologist and earned his Ph.D. in psychology from The Ohio State University in 2002.  Eric works personally and professionally to help individuals perform at their best.

Tom Nugent

Coach Nugent is a 1990 Cincinnati Moeller graduate who played college lacrosse at The Ohio State University from 1990-1993.     His coaching career includes a Head Coach position at The Wellington School JH from 1994-95, Sycamore High school from 1996-2010 (2004 Division 2 State Champions) and Elder High School from 2011 to the present.    He has had the opportunity to make 3 state final appearances and has had the pleasure of coaching 3 All-Americans, 3 Academic All-Americans and 1 College All-American.     His overall record is 185-137 In 19 seasons as a Head Coach.