Director:

Lisa Barnard

Lisa Barnard is the Director for Ohio Lightning Lacrosse.   She has extensive lacrosse experience.  She was on the coaching staff at Wittenberg University and Ohio Northern University.
Coach Barnard graduated from the University of New Haven (Conn.) where she was a four year letter winner on the women’s lacrosse team.  During her sophomore year, her team won the Northeast 10 Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament her sophomore year.
She holds a Master’s of Education at Central Connecticut State University in Exercise Science.
Coach Barnard is a National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  She has served as a Strength and Conditioning coach for Prentiss Hockey Performance, Quinnipiac University, Ohio Northern University and Apex Sports Zone.
Coach Barnard is also a director of National 5v5 Lacrosse and National 7v7 Lacrosse.

Dayton Girls’ Staff:

Casey Ryan

Coach Ryan is currently the Assistant Coach at Wittenberg University. She graduated from Beloit College in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology. Ryan was a four-year lacrosse team member playing on the defensive end while holding captain title for two seasons. Throughout her four years at Beloit, she earned Second Team MWLC All-Conference. Along with her playing experience, Ryan has coached and worked closely with Vibe and Lakeshore club lacrosse teams in the Chicagoland and Wisconsin areas.

Hunter Parrett

Coach Parrett is currently a student-athlete at Piedmont University.She is a Centerville grad majoring in Biology.  During her 2020 season she started all 6 games prior to the season being cut short. Parrett is a talented goalkeeper and loves to help teach the game to younger players. She is excited to share her knowledge of the game and help grow the sport in the greater Dayton area.

Michael Hilton

Mike Hilton is the Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse at Carroll High school where he has led the team for the past three years.
Mike has experience at all levels of the game as prior to Carroll he was the Head Coach at Urbana University from 2013-2016 where he retired. Prior to that he was a Coach at University of Dayton for their club lacrosse program for 9 years.
Mike has over 20 years of experience in girls lacrosse and a wealth of knowledge to bring to the program.

Dayton Boys’ Staff:

Bret Schell

Coach Schell was born and raised in Dayton, OH. He graduated from Hanover College in Indiana where he competed for four years and earned First/Second Team All-Conference awards each year, as well as finishing #12 in Face-Offs in the 2019 season for all of Division 3.   Coach Schelle was named a Captain for two seasons.  He is currently an Environmental Consultant and a high school coach at Carroll High School.
Coach Schell has ten years of playing lacrosse indoors and outdoors and has played for some very notable coaches including Ernest J. Lichtfuss, a U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Famer, at the collegiate level at Hanover College. Also played under Matt Lamotte in High School and Graham Harden (North Carolina)
for the Cincinnati Royals Lacrosse Club. Attended showcases such as the Nike Blue Chip Camp, Top 205 Lacrosse Camp, Dixie Top 150 Lacrosse Showcase, Maryland Lacrosse Showcase, and the Under Armour All-American Tryouts. Coached at the Future Aces Midwest camp at Miami University with Trilogy Lacrosse in 2018. He is happy to be part of Ohio Lightning Lacrosse and is looking forward to growing the game in the Dayton area.

Branden Geyer

Coach Geyer is also a Dayton, Ohio native and Hanover College graduate. He played on the first team at Centerville High School and was the starting net minder on the 2010 State Runner-Up team before continuing on to Hanover where he was a four year letterman.
Following graduation in 2015, Coach Geyer began coaching with the Cincinnati Royals and joined his high school alma mater as the defensive coordinator. During his time with the Cincy Royals, he helped coach teams to championships and deep playoff runs in some of the top tournaments in the Midwest as well as on the East Coast. Coach Geyer has also run leagues and coached camps, tournaments and events for Roots Lacrosse, True Lacrosse, Trilogy Lacrosse, Bill Pilat’s: The Goalie School, and Under Armour All-American Midwest.
Currently, Coach Geyer lives in downtown Dayton with his wife, Erin, and dog, Julep. He is also the head coach of the inaugural team at Northmont High School that was poised to take the field for the first year this past spring, but due to the pandemic they will look to hit the ground running in 2021!

Toledo Girls’ Staff:

Sierra Wagoner

Sierra Wagoner is going on her 4th season as the Perrysburg High School girls varsity lacrosse coach. She started out playing lacrosse at Notre Dame Academy, where her senior season, 2014, the team made it to the Elite 8 in Division 1.
As a midfielder, she then attended Bowling Green State University where she played club lacrosse for 4 years and served as a team captain for 3 years. She currently is in Graduate School for a Masters Degree in School Counseling.

Cessna Manlili

Cessna Manalili comes to us from Port Charlotte, Florida with a wealth of knowledge. She has coached for the Saint Augustine Florida Lacrosse team as well as Panthers Lacrosse.
Coach Manalili is finishing up her Graduate Degree in Graphic Design at Bowling Green University. At Bowling Green she was a 4 year starter for their club team and Captain of the team for 2 years.

Alexa Matta

Coach Matta is currently the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Siena Heights University. She has an extensive coaching and playing resume that includes being a four year starter at Indiana Tech where she was named an NAIA All American. She averaged 3.61 goals per game for a total of 65 on the season in 2016. Matta helped lead the Warriors women’s lacrosse team to the NWLL and NAIA national tournament all four years of her collegiate career. She finished her playing days with an invitation to the Team USA tryouts in 2016.
Matta coached at West Ranch High School in Santa Clarita, California and she also helped start the High Tide girls club lacrosse program. There she coached players that eventually competed at the NCAA Division I and Division III levels as well as the NAIA and WCLA level of collegiate athletics.