With a background coaching for club, high school and college programs, Brian Stoddard has gotten the opportunity to work with skilled players at several levels.

With a background coaching for club, high school and college programs, Brian Stoddard has gotten the opportunity to work with skilled players at several levels.

He quickly has become excited about the group of players funneling through the Dublin Coffman High School boys soccer program, where he's coaching for the first time this fall.

Stoddard took over during the summer for Brett Neiderman, who stepped down after leading the Shamrocks to a 13-4-3 finish last fall that included a Division I regional semifinal appearance.

"We have a ton of talent here," Stoddard said. "I've been involved with teams that have made it to state in the past, but for a Division I program, there's a great talent pool. There's an opportunity to do some big things."

Stoddard worked as a trainer in 2002 when Youngstown Mooney won the Division II state championship as well as in 2004 and 2005 when the program was state runner-up in Division II and Division III, respectively.

He also previously worked with the Blast F.C. before serving as Bexley's coach the last two seasons. The Lions went 28-12 with Division II district runner-up finishes in each of his seasons.

His first team at Coffman returns one of the area's top juniors in forward Luke Kiley, who was first-team all-OCC-Central Division last year as the Shamrocks went 4-0-3 to finish second behind Hilliard Davidson (5-0-2). Kiley also was second-team all-district.

Kiley's brother, senior Matt Kiley (defender), was second-team all-league while senior Joey Rudolph (defender/midfielder) was honorable mention all-league.

Seniors Jon Ashbrook (defender), Iori Nakajima (midfielder) and Andrew Pfeiffer (midfielder/forward) all were key players last season.

Also back are juniors Thomas Fuchik (forward/midfielder), Noah Paoletti (defender/midfielder) and Matt Stritar (defender).

Senior Andrew Eveling and junior Jack Wallberg competed during the preseason for the starting goalkeeper job.

Justin Eiterman (defender), Rain Miller (defender) and Aaron Smith (midfielder) are other key seniors.

Jack Holland, who made first-team all-district and was the OCC-Central Player of the Year, led an eight-member 2016 senior class.

Senior midfielder Taichi Uchida is not back with the team.

Coffman opens Tuesday, Aug. 23, at home against Gahanna.

"I wasn't planning to coach this year, but I definitely am where I'm supposed to be," said Stoddard, who is an intervention specialist at Marysville. "There's a lot of talent here, and all the other coaches have been great."

Girls soccer team staying positive

The girls soccer team is doing its best to not let injuries bring it down.

In late July at a camp in Oregon, junior Abby Steiner sustained a knee injury that required surgery. Last year's Division I district Player of the Year and the OCC-Central Player of the Year, Steiner will be out for the season.

In addition, senior goalie Mikayla Buckley will miss time at the beginning of the season after she tore an ACL last spring.

According to new coach Costa Kalorides, Steiner could be healthy by the middle of March because the "tear was pretty clean." That would get her back for the track and field season as well as for next year's club season.

Buckley should be back in September, which leaves junior Izzie Vaccari to fill in.

Coffman opens Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Westerville Central.

"Having (coached) for 13 years, unfortunately injuries occur and you know coming in that an injury can change the complexion of a team," Kalorides said. "I'm pretty fortunate that they're all very coachable. Even though we lose an All-American (in Steiner), we should still be competitive."

The other seniors in the program are Mia Bouska (midfielder/defender), Kaylin Daniels (forward/midfielder), Hayley Devine (forward), Clare Proctor (midfielder), Ayla Whitman (defender) and Ally Williams (defender). Whitman was special mention all-league last season, while Devine missed all of last season with a knee injury.

The junior class also includes Gabby Burris (midfielder), Elizabeth Diamond (forward), Julia Gualtieri (midfielder), Marissa Kruse (forward), Cassa McGee (forward), Elly Suarez (midfielder) and Haruko Tanaka (defender).

Sophomore Zoe Wesp (defender) and freshmen Emma Barthel (midfielder), Ashleigh Burris (defender), Kinsey Crabtree (midfielder) and Simone Rivard-Roberts (forward) also are on the roster.

Crabtree is the daughter of Coffman football coach Marc Crabtree.

Coffman went 12-3-2 overall last season and placed third (4-2-1) in the OCC-Central behind Olentangy Liberty (7-0) and Thomas Worthington (4-1-2), which now are competing in the OCC-Buckeye and OCC-Cardinal, respectively.

The Shamrocks, who then lost to Olentangy 2-1 in overtime in a Division I district final, had a coaching vacancy in the offseason when Marc D'Auteuil stepped down after six seasons.

Kalorides coached the Hartley boys team from 2004-07. Then from 2009-14, he led the Hudson girls team to a 78-21-15 mark that included a Division I district title in 2010.

Boys golfers have new coach, lineup

The boys golf team also has a new coach after Scott Sutherland took over in the spring for David Woodmansee, who stepped down after seven seasons.

Sutherland has been an assistant baseball coach at Coffman for 17 years and a teacher for 12. He also has spent the last seven seasons as the Coffman girls golf varsity B coach.

The Shamrocks shot 327 on Aug. 15 in the second round of the OCC-Central tournament at Apple Valley to take third behind Upper Arlington (291) and Hilliard Davidson (315). Through two rounds, they are third (6-4) in the league behind UA (10-0) and Davidson (8-2) and ahead of Marysville (4-6), Central Crossing (2-8) and Westland (0-10).

"I'm looking forward to seeing what kinds of improvements we can make this season," Sutherland said.

In the opening round of the four-round league tournament Aug. 9 at Turnberry, Coffman shot 309 to finish behind UA (291) and Davidson (306) and ahead of Marysville (343) and Central Crossing (392) while Westland did not post a team score.

Sophomore Blake Whitis led the Shamrocks with a 75, followed by juniors Andrew Simpson (76) and Alex Werth (76), senior Donald Letizia (82) and sophomore Spencer Eiselt (83).

Senior John Watson was expected to be a key returnee but is out with an ankle injury.

Sophomores Neel Hattarki and Matt Sopko are others looking to contribute.

Last season, Coffman played five seniors during the postseason and finished second (297) in the Division I Darby Creek sectional behind Jerome (285).

The Shamrocks then shot 319 to place 10th at district.

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Schedules

BOYS GOLF

Aug. 5 -- Mount Vernon Invitational at Chapel Hill

Aug. 8 -- Olentangy Liberty Invitational at Kinsale

Aug. 9 -- OCC-Central at Turnberry

Aug. 11 -- New Albany Invitational at New Albany Links

Aug. 13 -- Cincinnati Sycamore Invitational at Blue Ash

Aug. 15 -- OCC-Central at Apple Valley

Aug. 16 -- Dublin Invitational at Golf Club of Dublin

Aug. 20 -- Cincinnati Moeller Invitational at Walden Ponds

Aug. 27 -- Pinnacle Classic at Pinnacle

Aug. 31 -- OCC-Central at Clover Valley

Sept. 10 -- St. Charles Invitational at Brookside

Sept. 12 -- Wooster Invitational at Wooster Country Club

Sept. 14 -- OCC-Central at Darby Creek

Sept. 17 -- Trojan Invitational at Findlay Country Club

Sept. 24 -- Watterson Invitational at Clover Valley

Sept. 26 -- The Virtues Invitational at The Virtues

Sept. 28 -- Jerome and Upper Arlington at Scioto Country Club

Oct. 1 -- Jerome Honorary Invitational at Tartan Fields

BOYS SOCCER

Aug. 23 -- vs. Gahanna

Aug. 30 -- at Olentangy

Sept. 1 -- at Olentangy Orange

Sept. 6 -- at Pickerington North

Sept. 9 -- at Mentor Lake Catholic

Sept. 10 -- Raleigh (N.C.) Gibbons at Cleveland St. Ignatius

*Sept. 13 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson

Sept. 15 -- vs. Jerome

Sept. 17 -- at Cincinnati St. Xavier

*Sept. 20 -- at Westland

Sept. 24 -- at Copley

*Sept. 27 -- vs. Marysville

Oct. 1 -- vs. Whitehouse Anthony Wayne

*Oct. 6 -- vs. Central Crossing

*Oct. 11 -- vs. Olentangy Liberty

*Oct. 13 -- at Upper Arlington

GIRLS SOCCER

Aug. 23 -- at Westerville Central

Aug. 25 -- vs. Mansfield Senior

Aug. 30 -- vs. Olentangy

Sept. 3 -- vs. Brecksville-Broadview Heights

Sept. 6 -- vs. Pickerington North

Sept. 8 -- vs. Canal Winchester

*Sept. 13 -- at Hilliard Davidson

*Sept. 20 -- vs. Westland

Sept. 22 -- vs. Watterson

Sept. 24 -- at Rocky River Magnificat

*Sept. 27 -- at Marysville

Oct. 4 -- vs. Gahanna

*Oct. 6 -- at Central Crossing

Oct. 11 -- at Olentangy Liberty

*Oct. 13 -- vs. Upper Arlington

*League contest

Below are coming schedules for the Coffman girls golf, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

GIRLS GOLF

Aug. 20 -- Midwest Classic at Skyland Pines

Aug. 22 -- Newark Catholic at The Links at Echo Springs

GIRLS TENNIS

Aug. 18 -- At Olentangy

Aug. 19 -- Home vs. Cincinnati Ursuline Academy

Aug. 20 -- Watterson Invitational at Park of Roses

Aug. 23 -- At Pickerington North

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Aug. 23 -- At Olentangy in opener