Coach Wolford ended his 25th season as head coach with winning the 2016 State Championship. He begins his 41st year overall with the Upper Arlington men’s lacrosse team as an Assistant Coach after retiring as head coach. Coach Wolford took over in 1992 when his older brother, Bill, departed to start the Worthington Kilbourne Wolves lacrosse program. Coach Wolford served as the defensive coordinator for five years under his brother, was an assistant for six years under then head coach Lee Spitzer, and served as a head coach at both Jones and Hastings Middle Schools. He is the fourth head coach in Upper Arlington’s 44 year history, 1973-2016. Out of season, Coach Wolford is an active member of UALA (Upper Arlington Lacrosse Association). In 1992, Coach Wolford was an assistant coach in the National North-South High School All-Star Game in Baltimore, MD. In 2000, Coach Wolford was an assistant coach to the Korean National Team in the World Games held in Perth, Australia. In 2003, Coach Wolford was the co-head coach for the Korean U-19 World Team that competed in Baltimore. Coach Wolford is two-time president of both the Ohio High School Scholastic Lacrosse Association and of COLCA - Central Ohio Lacrosse Coaches Association. During Coach Wolford’s tenure as head coach, Upper Arlington has won the Midwest ten times, won State 16 times and finished second in State seven times. Coach Wolford was named Midwest Coach of the Year in 1993, 1998, 1999, and 2004 and was Ohio’s Coach of the Year in 1993, 1994, 1997, 2002, 2004 and 2005. In 2000, Coach Wolford was honored at the National Coaches Convention with the Gerald J. Carroll Exemplary Coaching Award. In 2007, he was inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Coach Wolford was a member of the Columbus Lacrosse Club for sixteen years, including a five - year stint as head coach. He is employed by Shaffer Distributing Company.
Brian Burke has been with the Upper Arlington lacrosse program for 25 years. He begins his 21st year as varsity defensive coordinator. Brian graduated from Fairport High School in upstate New York in 1991. He played lacrosse and was captain his senior year. While in high school, Brian was a two-time
All-County long stick midfielder and played inthe Empire Games. Coach Burke went on to The Ohio State University, where he played lacrosse, lettering twice and earning the Most Improved Player Award his sophomore year. Coach Burke graduated from Ohio State with a degree in education. He enjoys reading and playing as much golf as he can. Brian is married to Katie, who is a third grade teacher in West Jefferson. Coach Burke is employed by US Bank. He was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Ohio High School Coaches Association following the 2004 and 2008 seasons. Brian and his wife have two sons, Connor, 12 and Carson, 9.
Jim Lafferty begins his 18th season with the Golden Bears lacrosse team. A 1994 graduate of Thomas Worthington High School, Coach Lafferty made All-Ohio and was a captain his senior year. Jim attended The Ohio State University, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in economics. While at Ohio State, Coach Lafferty lettered all four years and was a team captain his senior year. Jim enjoys all types of sports in his leisure time, especially golf and basketball. Coach Lafferty is employed by Century Link. He resides in Hilliard with wife Brenda and a daughter, Grace.
Ed Chung begins his 15th year as a goalie coach for the Golden Bears. He graduated from UA in 1991,
where he played lacrosse, soccer, and also wrestled. He graduated and played club lacrosse at Bowling Green State University. Ed developed and helped establish the Korean Lacrosse Association while living abroad from 1996-2002. He also started for the Korean National Lacrosse Team during the 2002, 2006, 2010 World Lacrosse Championships. He has served as the Team Director for the Korean U-19 National Team in 2003 and 2008. In 2009, he played for the Team Korea in the 2009 Asia Pacific Games and received “Spirit of Lacrosse” award for MVP. In 2010, he received the first “Korea Legend” award for his playing and contributions to Korea lacrosse. Ed is currently employed by the city of Columbus as a police officer.
Grant DeVilbiss begins his 5th season coaching at Upper Arlington. He was a captain of the 2007 team, was First Team All-Midwest and was the Offensive MVP of the State Championship game. Grant was a three year letter winner, and won three state championships and one MSLCA championships at UA. He played one season at Fairfield University, then graduated from Miami University with a degree in Finance. Grant is employed by Gardiner Allen DeRoberts Insurance Company.
Dave Otis begins his 6th year as a Varsity Coach at UA after completing an eight year stint as defensive coordinator at Hilliard Davidson High School, and four years at Dublin Coffman High School. David played his high school lacrosse at West Genesee High School in up-state New York. He played college lacrosse for The Ohio State University. Dave was team captain, defensive MVP and 2nd Team All-League his senior year. Dave is employed with Century Link and lives in South Arlington with his wife Sandy, son Finnegan, daughter Teegan, and the family dog, Addy.