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Jaguars announce three new coaches

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Artie Taylor, J.J. Bain and Dondi Pangalangan have been hired to lead the boys basketball, boys soccer and girls soccer programs, respectively, at the Wellington School.

Taylor replaces Craig Taylor, whose team was 7-17 in his only season.

Bain takes over for Michael Byrne, who led the Jaguars to a program-best 14-5 record last season.

Pangalangan succeeds Steve Reymann, whose team finished 6-11-1 in his only season.

"We feel good about the coaches we're bringing in," assistant athletics director Phil Gross said. "Artie has a really strong coaching background with experience playing and coaching at the college level, and he has a great presence.

"Both J.J. and Dondi were already assistant coaches for us last year, and it makes for an easier transition when you can bring in someone who is already familiar with the program and the kids."

Artie Taylor coached the Ohio Dominican University men's basketball team from 2007-13, going 59-108 overall.

As an assistant at Wittenberg, he helped guide the Tigers to a 156-44 record from 2002-07. Wittenberg won a North Coast Athletic Conference title in 2004 and NCAC tournament championships in 2005 and 2006, and was the NCAA Division III runner-up in 2006.

Taylor also has coached at John Carroll, Defiance College and Ritter High School in his hometown of Indianapolis.

As a player at John Carroll from 1994-98, he helped lead the Blue Streaks to two Ohio Athletic Conference titles, scored more than 1,000 points and finished as their third all-time leading rebounder. In 2010, he was inducted into the John Carroll Athletic Hall of Fame.

"I never thought I'd be a high school coach again because I planned on retiring as a college coach, but after I took a year off from coaching to decompress and get myself in better physical and mental shape, this came about naturally as if it was meant to be," Taylor said. "After someone recommended that I consider coaching at Wellington, I went online and read about the school's core values and culture, and it lined up with my own. This is a great match and fit for me."

All five of Wellington's starters and its top nine varsity players are expected to return next season.

Craig Taylor said he enjoyed his short time as Jaguars coach.

"Regrettably, I had to resign my coaching position at Wellington to focus on my personal health on the advice of my medical team," he said. "I thoroughly enjoyed last season, seeing our young, inexperienced team learn what it takes to compete at the varsity level."

Bain served as Byrne's assistant coach the past two seasons. Byrne had a 26-25-2 record in three seasons before accepting a job in real estate that left him too busy to coach.

Nine starters are expected back.

"We're coming off the best record that Wellington's ever had and I'm looking to further develop the individual skills of our players so we can build upon that success this season," said Bain, a 2006 Wellington graduate who has an extensive background in soccer.

He was inducted into the Wellington Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011 after starting at forward for four seasons and earning first-team all-district honors as a senior.

Bain was a four-year starter at Cornell before graduating in 2010, and he played professionally for River Plate in Puerto Rico in 2011. He is working on his master's degree in public administration from Ohio State.

"I got into coaching because I wanted to give back to the school I played for," Bain said. "We've made a big change in our mentality and focus the past few years and I'm excited to see what we're capable of this fall."

Pangalangan, who has coached girls club teams in Worthington for 15 years, is the Jaguars' sixth girls coach in five seasons after Reymann left for the same position at Marysville.

"I had the chance to go to Marysville with Steve, but I already know the kids here and I wanted to stay at Wellington to limit the amount of turmoil they've had to go through with so many coaches coming and going the past five years," Pangalangan said.

"I'm hoping that I can provide them with some consistency with my coaching philosophy and training, since I was here last year."

Six starters are expected back.

"Six of the 15 girls who finished the season with us last year were first-year players, so we've been working to build up our players' knowledge of the game and skills in the short term," Pangalangan said.

Donlon resigns as boys lacrosse coach

Patrick Donlon has resigned as boys lacrosse coach after his team went 14-58 in four seasons.

The Jaguars were 6-11 in 2011, 5-13 in 2012, 2-16 in 2013 and 1-18 this past spring.

"There were multiple reasons for me stepping away, but the main one is to spend more time with my son who is 9 months old," Donlon said. "I value my time at Wellington and the relationships I formed there, and many of those will go well beyond my four years there."

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