A two-sport athlete at Dublin Coffman, Daniel Warren transitioned into coaching almost immediately after graduating from high school.
After a decade of being an assistant coach in both football and lacrosse and a head coaching stint at the junior high level, Warren finally has earned his first head varsity job as he has been named the Olentangy boys lacrosse team’s next coach.
“Coaching has always been a passion of mine and the past three or four years, I’ve applied for several football and lacrosse (head coaching) openings,” said Warren, who was an assistant lacrosse coach at Hilliard Davidson last year and is entering his 12th season as an assistant football coach at Coffman, from which he graduated in 2007. “I like a lot of things about (Olentangy). I like how the coaches communicate with each other. They have a good system in place for younger players. You’re not dealing with a lot of first-time players at the high school level. They have a solid program overall.”
Warren’s hire, which is pending school board approval, was announced July 13 on the Olentangy athletics department’s Twitter account.
Warren, who is an intervention specialist at Coffman, will be the Braves’ third coach in three seasons.
He will replace Dominique Alexander, who led Olentangy to the OCC-Buckeye Division championship this spring but left for Olentangy Berlin in June.
The Braves went 16-4 overall and 7-0 in the OCC-Buckeye, losing to Olentangy Liberty 13-10 in a Division I, Region 1 semifinal.
Warren was a varsity assistant for Coffman’s lacrosse team from 2008-12, Dublin Scioto’s junior varsity and varsity assistant coach in 2013 and 2014 and was head coach at Dublin’s Davis Middle School in 2015 and 2016.
In a familiar twist, Warren acknowledged he might be coaching against some of his future players Sept. 14 when the Braves’ football team visits Coffman.
Warren has faced the same situation the past two years when Coffman and Davidson have played in football.
“It can be interesting,” said Warren, who had not met his Olentangy players as of early this week. “I’ll see guys (during) one season and coach against them in another. One part of my closet has green (Coffman) shirts and another has blue (Davidson) shirts. When one season ends, I don’t wear the other color. But I’ll be adding some Olentangy stuff pretty soon.”