Upper Arlington News


Aspinall, Bonilla step down as coaches at UA


Two Upper Arlington High School fall sports teams will have new coaches in 2013.

Field hockey coach Derek Aspinall and boys soccer coach Carlos Bonilla recently submitted their resignations after two and three seasons, respectively.

Aspinall, a native of northern England who has coached the sport at various levels for more than 20 years, had an 18-7-1 record in two seasons with the Golden Bears.

This fall, UA finished 8-9-1 overall, snapping its streak of consecutive winning seasons at 11, and went 5-5-1 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League to tie Granville for eighth behind champion Columbus Academy (10-0-1). The Bears went 7-3-1 in their final 11 games after starting 1-6.

“He has a new job and his wife is going to have a baby. He has a lot of stuff on his plate right now,” girls athletics director Jodi Palmer said. “He’s definitely going to be missed.”

Bonilla had a 26-18-9 record with the Bears after going 97-70-28 in 11 seasons at Reynoldsburg (1998-2006 and 2008-09). UA finished 3-3-1 (fourth) in the OCC-Central Division in 2010, 6-0-1 (first) in 2011 and 2-4-1 (fifth) this fall.

The Bears lost to New Albany 1-0 (4-3 on penalty kicks) in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

Boys athletics director Michael Schaefer said Bonilla resigned shortly before Thanksgiving.

Boys soccer applicants should contact Schaefer at mschaefer@uaschools.org and field hockey applicants should contact Palmer at jpalmer@uaschools.org by Dec. 17.