For the second time in less than one year, the Upper Arlington High School girls lacrosse team is searching for a coach.

For the second time in less than one year, the Upper Arlington High School girls lacrosse team is searching for a coach.

Lynda McCandlish, who guided UA to the Division I state title and a record of 20-2 last spring, has accepted the coaching job at San Diego State, where she will build the program.

"I'm very excited about it. I've been kind of looking for something in California," McCandlish said. "Right now that will be part-time, but it will be something fun to do. It's hard for me to say for if it's going to go Division I."

"It's a great opportunity for her, but boy will she be missed here," UA athletic director Chris Potts said.

McCandlish was a player on the state-championship team at UA in 2002, then was part of two national-championship teams at Northwestern.

She lost her debut as UA coach to eventual Division II state champion New Albany 11-9, but UA lost only once more and beat Cincinnati Sycamore 14-8 in the final.

"It was a very difficult decision to leave here," McCandlish said. "I grew very close to these girls after such as a successful season last year. I'm going to miss the whole team and the whole community."

"Lynda did a great job of relating with our girls," Potts said. "Our girls looked up to her as a role model. They saw in her where lacrosse could take you. She was a local girl who went on to win a national championship with Northwestern and came back to coach her alma mater."

Potts hasn't set a timeline for finding McCandlish's replacement. But the next coach will take over a solid program. UA lost six graduates -- including Lindsay Godard (78 goalsm, 27 assists; Offensive Most Valuable Player of state tournament, All-American) and Nancy Baker (42 goals, 3 assists; honorable mention All-American) -- but the list of expected returnees is impressive.

Seniors Erin Junk (33 goals, 11 assists), Avery Toothman (15 goals, 5 assists) and Rosie Knisley and sophomore Adriane Ghidotti (31 goals, 5 assists) are expected Oeto return to the attack.
The midfield should have back seniors Kelly Mason (41 goals, 10 assists), Marissa Henderson and Maggie Yerke, juniors Megan Knoop, Lauren Hanover, Alice O'Neill and sophomore Jordan John.
Junior goalie Kevyn Harer is expected back on defense with juniors Susan Dappen, Kelly Dermott and Erin Williams.

"We're looking for an energetic and motivated coach to keep us on the same path that former coaches (Wendy Gallapoo and McCandlish) put us on," Potts said. "We want someone who is competitive, but at the same time can build a great relationship with the girls."

"UA is such a great community and they made it very easy to come into the program," McCandlish said. "The girls are so good and so committed to the program and there is so much support in the community. It is really not a difficult transition at all."

Resumes can be send to Potts at Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Road, Upper Arlington 43221. His e-mail is cpotts@uaschools.org.