Lisa Barnard, Co-Founder

Lisa Barnard was the Co-Founder and Original Director for Lightning Lacrosse.   She brought a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the club, teams, players, coaches and families.   It was Lisa’s goal to start a club that would provide players the opportunity to reach their full potential.  Before her passing in late 2020, she was able to see the club grow dramatically in it’s second year and was very happy with the progress all of the players and teams were making on and off the field.

In her honor, Lightning Lacrosse provides a scholarship, in Coach Barnard’s name, to players within the club who exemplify her amazing qualities as a player on and off the field. For more information on the Lisa Barnard Memorial Scholarship, please CLICK HERE

Cody Beyer, Dayton Boys Coach

Coach Beyer attended played lacrosse at the University of Toledo and Ohio State University.  Cody is currently the defensive coordinator at Oakwood High School. Cody will be working on defensive strategy, communication, slides, and situational defense.

Position: Defense

Richard Agans, Dayton Boys Coach

Coach Agans started playing lacrosse at Hilliard in Junior High, playing for the Hilliard Darby Panthers in High School. He continued playing lacrosse in undergrad at Ohio Dominican University for a player coached club. He started officially coaching for the Dayton Lacrosse Club in 2009. In 2012 he accepted the Head Coach position at Centerville High School, where he coached for two seasons before taking over the program at Miami Valley School in 2015.  In 2017 he joined the Miamisburg Vikings staff as the Junior Varsity Coach and Varsity Midfield Coach and then was named Head Coach. His coaching philosophy centers around “fun through hard work” and always building upon fundamental concepts. He has been involved with the game of lacrosse for over 20 years as a player and coach.

Collin Mitchell, Dayton Boys Coach

Coach Collin played youth lacrosse in Cleveland and was drafted in the 4th round playing two seasons in the Ohio Box Lacrosse League. He then played at Seton Hill and won two conference championships advancing to nationals.  Coach Collins most recent coaching experience is with the Centerville Youth Organization and with Xcelerate in Cleveland. He specializes in offense and man up plays. 

DJ Harris, Dayton Boys Coach

Coach Harris is currently the Head Coach for the Miamisburg Vikings lacrosse team.  A Second Team All-Region midfielder for Miamisburg High School in 2014.  He also served as a team captain for the Vikings during his prep career.  Coach DJ also played in college at Lourdes University.

Andre Ortiz, Dayton Boys Coach

Coach Andre most recently coached Creek Lax 7/8 to their D1 State Championship. Coach Andre played at Western Reserve Academy and under Nick Meyers at Butler. Coach Andre recently joined the Beavercreek High School staff as an Assistant Coach. 

Jim McCormack, Dayton Boys Coach

Coach McCormack recently helped coach Creek Lax 7/8 to their D1 State Championship. Jim joins Lightning as an assistant coach and helps with player development. 

Brent Wethington, Dayton Boys Coach

Coach Brent graduated from Beavercreek High School in 2016 and went on to play at Lourdes University where he was a 2 time captain. Brent was an assistant coach for Beavercreek High School for one season and then took over the program and have been there for 2 years now. Coach Brent was named 2022 GWOC Coach of the Year.

Micky Morgan, Dayton Boys Coach

Coach Micky is a college midfielder at Hiram College.  Micky helped start the lacrosse team at Northmont High School and has been involved with the game from a young age. Coach Micky comes to Micky as an assistant in helping out running drills and keeping high intensity at practice. 

Kyle Collett, Dayton Boys Coach

Coach Kyle currently plays at University of Dayton winning the MCLA Championship in 2023. He played in high school at Lakota East.  Kyle specializes in on and off ball movement and helping players know where they need to be. 

Position: Attack

RJ Jennings, Dayton Boys Coach

Coach Jennings has played lacrosse for about 12 years.  Currently, RJ play for The University of Dayton as a defenseman.

Kris Brownlee, Dayton Boys Coach

Coach Brownlee helped coach Creek Lax 7/8. Coach Kris is an avid lover of the sport focusing on player development and motivation.  

Noah Nietz, Dayton Boys Coach

Coach Nietz has been playing lacrosse all his life. Noah was a goalie as his main position, while also playing defense and FOGO. Noah started playing competitively in 7th grade and played all though out high school. Currently, he is on the Centerville Men’s Lacrosse Coaching Staff.

Jolene R Towers, Dayton Girls Coach

Coach Towers is the JV Coach at Beavercreek High School.  She has been coaching at Beavercreek for 8 years.

Sabra Woodruff, Dayton Girls Coach

Coach Woodruff played women’s lacrosse for Beavercreek High School and Ohio Northern University, with her total athletic career lasting 14 years. She was an assistant coach for the Beavercreek High School Varsity Women’s Lacrosse team in 2023 and plans to continue coaching with this team for the 2024 season. She has participated in coaching with many summer camps and now is excited to be joining the Lightning Girl’s Lacrosse Coaching staff.

Alexi Hardy, Dayton Girls Coach

Alexi Hardy is a current D1 player at the University of Akron.

Lauren Hinders, Dayton Girls Coach

Lauren Hinders played for the Dayton Lightning team for 2 seasons. She currently plays Division II lacrosse at Ashland University in northern Ohio.

Amy Long, Toledo Girls Coach

Coach Long is the head lacrosse coach at Saint Mary’s College.  She guided the program to their first conference win in program history with an overtime victory against Trine in 2014.  Amy has continued to guide the team to new levels of success over the years.

Previously she served as the head coach of the Sylvania High School Girls’ Lacrosse team and has held assistant coaching positions with the University of Toledo and Siena Heights University lacrosse programs.  A Level 1 and Level 2 trainer with the U.S. Lacrosse Coaching Education Program, she teaches lacrosse coaches about the game during their certification process.  Additionally, she is a U.S. Lacrosse level 3 certified, which is the top certification offered by the governing body.  She has also taught undergraduate students the skills and strategies of the game of lacrosse at the University of Toledo.

Ainsley Sutter, Toledo Girls Coach

Ainsley Sutter played for Lightning from 2019-2021, and was on the original Toledo Lightning team. Ainsley currently plays lacrosse (goalie) at Lake Erie College.

Olivia Alvarado, Toledo Girls Coach

Coach Alvarado plays lacrosse at the University of Findlay and on the women’s lacrosse team.

Position: Attack

Specialty Trainers:

Skylar Wahlund – Goalie Training

Skylar was named Ohio’s Goalie of the Year and a U.S. Lacrosse All-American while at Olentangy Liberty. Skylar played lacrosse 5 years at Ohio State where he had outstanding growth and records.  Skylar also has experience leading the Ohio State Buckeyes goalie camps.

Logan Spaeth – Face Off Training

Logan  is one of the best face off players in Ohio high school history.

Accolades: Recruited D1 and D2, committed D2, Nike National All Star, Resolute Ohio (Field and Box), Team Ohio for Face Off Academy Midwest Cup, 2nd most face off wins in Ohio history in only 3 years (787 wins) (due to covid). 335 wins in one season (2nd all time in Ohio).

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