Dan Warren did everything within his power the last decade to prepare for the opportunity he’s about to take on as coach of the defending Division I state champion Dublin Coffman boys lacrosse team.

A 2007 Coffman graduate, Warren was an assistant coach with the Shamrocks from 2008-12.

He then was an assistant at Scioto in 2013 and ’14 and the coach at Davis Middle School in 2016 before serving as defensive coordinator for Hilliard Davidson in 2018. Last spring, he guided Olentangy to a 12-9 record.

“I started coaching football (as an assistant) and lacrosse the year after I graduated,” said Warren, an intervention specialist at Coffman who coaches outside linebackers for the Shamrocks’ football team.

“I did five years at Coffman and then bounced around to some other places because I wanted to get some other experiences. I wanted to be a head coach and make myself a better coach for when I hopefully could come back in the future. It was kind of always my goal as an alumni to coach (at Coffman) and win a state championship. Now that I’m back, I’d like to maintain that high level of lacrosse.”

Warren replaces Shane Comisford, who led Coffman to a 60-7 record over three seasons before stepping down this summer. The Shamrocks were a state semifinalist in 2018 before defeating Cincinnati St. Xavier 13-8 in the state final last spring to capture their first state championship.

In each season under Comisford, Coffman won the OCC-Central Division title as well as the Emerald Cup series among the three Dublin programs. The Shamrocks finished 21-1 last spring.

“Coach Warren understands the tradition and expectations of Coffman lacrosse,” athletics director Duane Sheldon said. “Dan is a passionate coach that will put in the time and dedication it takes to be successful. We’re very excited to see him lead the ’Rocks.”

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