Director:

Erin Smith

Coach Smith brings a wealth of club and college experience to Lightning.
Erin Smith is currently the top assistant coach at Walsh University (NCAA D2). Before coaching at Walsh, she was the assistant coach at Queen’s College. She has club lacrosse experience also coaching for Snipers Elite lacrosse team in Rye, N.Y.
Prior to coaching Coach Smith was a member of the New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) inaugural women’s lacrosse team in 2017. In that year she was named First Team All-East Coast Conference (ECC), First Team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference, First Team All-North Region, and Second Team All-American. The conference coaches also voted her as ECC Defender of the Year after being selected as Preseason Defender of the Year. In the fall of 2017 she ran cross country and earned her bachelors of business management.
From 2013 to 2016 Smith attended and played at Dowling College. There she was a two-year starter. In the 2016 season she was named First Team All-ECC, Second Team All-North Region, and Third Team All-American. Here she also ran cross country from 2014 to 2016 and was named the team’s MVP for the 2015-2016 season.
While at both Dowling and NYIT Smith helped anchor one of the nation’ top scoring defenses. In 2014 Dowling won the first ECC tournament by upsetting then-No. 2 LIU Post in the championship game. The win had also snapped LIU Post’s 40-game win streak after previously being crowned back-to-back national champions.
In 2015 and 2016 the team made it to the conference finals. After being named regular season conference champs in 2016, Dowling made their second NCAA tournament appearance and won their first NCAA tournament game in program history. In 2017 NYIT made its first appearance in the ECC and NCAA tournaments.

Dayton Girls’ Staff:

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:

Erica Brown

Coach Brown is excited to be joining the Lightning coaching staff.  She is entering her 9th season as head coach at Tiffin University in 2020-21. She has guided Tiffin to seven straight conference tournament appearances (no conference tourney in 2019-20 due to Covid-19 pandemic) and has a career record of 78-58.
She has coached numerous All Conference standouts, including 34 selections in the last five seasons. In TU’s first year in the GMAC in 2019, she led the Dragons to the regular-season conference championship with a perfect 7-0 record and earned a spot in the GMAC title game. Standout Elle Hamilton was named the GMAC Attacker of the Year, while Brown was named conference Coach of the Year.

Becky Smith

Coach Smith is also the head coach of Women’s Lacrosse at Heidelberg University.  The 2020-21 season is Smith’s first season at the helm of the women’s lacrosse program after spending time as the assistant coach at Ashland University.
She also has competitive club experience as a coach for Ohio Premier.  And before coming to Ohio she was a standout lacrosse player for Gordon College (Mass.).

Skylar Crandell

Skylar Crandell is a Slyvania, OH native. She graduated from Walsh University, in North Canton, OH, in 2020 with her bachelors in exercise science. She currently works as a case manager at Racing for Recovery. She is also working on her masters in professional counseling with mental health at the University of Toledo.

While at Walsh, Skylar saw great success on the field. In her 4 years as a Cavalier, Skylar appeared in 50 games as a midfielder with starts in 18. She found the back of the net 43 times and fed her teammates 12 times for a combined total of 55 points. Not only was she an integral part to the Cavalier’s offense but she was an anchor on defense. Skylar scooped up 61 ground balls, caused 27 turn overs, and corralled 55 draw controls. She was also viewed as a leader by both her coaches and teammates which lead her to be named captain her last two seasons.

Skylar also has prior coaching experience working multiple camps and clinics over the last several years.

Co-Founder

Lisa Barnard

Lisa Barnard was the Co-Founder and Original Director for Lightning Lacrosse.   She brought a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the club, teams, players, coaches and families.   It was Lisa’s goal to start a club that would provide players the opportunity to reach their full potential.  Before her passing in late 2020, she was able to see the club grow dramatically in it’s second year and was very happy with the progress all of the players and teams were making on and off the field.
In her honor, Lightning Lacrosse provides a scholarship, in Coach Barnard’s name to players within the club who exemplify her amazing qualities as a player on and off the field.