Directors:

Aric Freischlag

Coach Freischlag brings a wealth of experience to Lightning. Including program development, club, college, and coaching experience.
Aric Freischlag is currently the Head Coach of Highland High School. Before coaching at Highland, Aric was the Co-Founder and Head Coach of the Wilson Youth Lacrosse Program in his hometown of Wilson, NY. He also served as an Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at the high school and NJCAA levels in New York.
Prior to coaching, Coach Freischlag was a member of the Utica College Pioneers Men’s lacrosse team in 2015 and 2016. During his career as a Pioneer, he contributed as a two-year starter at Defense and occasionally played as a Long-Stick Middie and Short-Stick Defensive Middie, when needed. He received All-Conference Honors during his time there. In 2013 and 2014, prior to Utica College, Aric was a two-year starter and team captain for the NJCAA Niagara Thunderwolves. He was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player and received
All-Region Honors for both seasons spent there. Aric initially began his collegiate playing career in 2012, with the 12-Time National Champion Onondaga Lazers.
Aric participated in Junior College Paul-Rose All-Star Game, the Western New York Senior All-Star Game, and received numerous Western New York Accolades, including being nominated as a High School All-American. In 2011, he helped co-found the Wilson Youth Lacrosse Program, where he served as a head coach of teams from 3rd thru 9th grade for nine plus years. He has also hosted and organized various lacrosse camps throughout New York and Ohio.
Aric graduated with his Doctorate of Physical therapy in May of 2020 from Utica College. He also serves as a strength coach, functional movement specialist, and owns his own leadership and entrepreneur development business.
Aric has a passion for growing the game of lacrosse, developing new programs, helping players take their skill to the next level, and teaching fundamentals of the game.

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.

Coaching Staff:

Meaghan Smith

Coach Meaghan Smith is the head coach for Lake Erie College women’s lacrosse team. Before coming to Ohio, she was the head coach of Women’s Lacrosse at Queens College (DII) for three seasons.
Smith joined Queens, who play in the ultra-competitive East Coast Conference, in the fall of 2016. In her second season, she increased Queens’ win total by two and led the team to a 4-4 record in non-conference competition. In her second year, Smith coached midfielder Patriece Ausili who was the team’s first All-ECC selection in three years.
Prior to Queens, Smith served as an assistant coach for lacrosse and women’s soccer for Norwich University in 2016. She was also an assistant coach for Maine Maritime Academy from 2014 to 2016.
The Wantagh, New York, native played collegiately at Dowling College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education and was a decorated student-athlete. Smith was an All-ECC selection in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and helped lead the Golden Lions to ECC championships in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The 2011 squad also made an appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Smith’s talents carried her to the international realm where she was a member of the USA Athlete champion lacrosse team in the 2013 Berlin Open.

Justin Presutti

Coach Justin Presutti is the Assistant Coach for Women’s Lacrosse at Lake Erie College.  He was a student assistant coach at Baldwin Wallace University. During his time with Baldwin Wallace he worked in the coaches office as a team operations assistant and helped the team prep for practices, games, and outside events.
In addition to that, Presutti served as the head coach for Rocky River High School.

Hunter Parrett

Coach Hunter Parrett is a former college standout goalie at Piedmont University.   She played at Centerville High School.  She joined the Lightning Coaching Staff in 2019 and loves to help teach the game.  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.

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!

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.