Upper Arlington Football

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JOEL CUTLER 

Head Coach


Coach Cutler became the 13th Head Coach in the history of Upper Arlington Golden Bears Football on January 13, 2014. Entering his 5th season, Coach Cutler looks to build upon his record of 26-16 overall. In his second season as Head Coach, he led the Golden Bears to an 8-4 record and the program’s first playoff win since 2011. Prior to leading the Golden Bears to the Sweet Sixteen in 2015, he spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons as the Head Coach at Bishop Ready High School, leading the Silver Knights to playoff appearances in both seasons. In 2013 Coach Cutler led the Knights to a Regional Championship and a State Semi Final. In two seasons as the Head Coach at Bishop Ready High School he compiled a 19-5 record. Coach Cutler was also awarded 2012 Division IV Dispatch Coach of the year, and 2013 Division VI Central District Coach of the Year. Coach Cutler currently acts as an alternate on the OHSFCA Board for the Region.


Before leading the Ready program Coach Cutler was an assistant football coach for the Golden Bears from 1999-2011. During that time he was an integral part of 8 OHSAA Playoff teams, and the 2000 State Championship.

Coach Cutler also served as the Head Track Coach at UAHS from 2010-2011 and for 11 years as the head track coach at Hastings Middle School. Prior to coming to UAHS, Coach Cutler was a student assistant coach for the University of Dayton Flyers.

Coach Cutler is a 1994 graduate of Jonathan Alder High School where he was named First Team All Ohio by the Associated Press. In 1998, he graduated from the University of Dayton where he earned first team honors as an offensive center in the Pioneer Conference as well as All American Honors from the National Football Gazette. He received his Masters Degree from Mary Grove College in Detroit, Michigan.


Joel is an Elementary physical Education teacher at Greensview Elementary in UA. He resides in Upper Arlington with his wife Elaine and his twin boys, TJ and Zack.

MICHAEL SCHAEFER 

Director of Football Operations/Linebackers/Runnings Backs -17th season


Coach Schaefer is a 1996 graduate of Yorkville High School (Yorkville, IL).  While in high school he earned seven varsity letters for the Fighting Foxes playing three sports all four years (Football, Basketball, and Baseball).  


Michael graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s in education and master’s in administration. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at Concordia University Chicago, researching adolescent sleep.  

While in college as a member of the Rockets Football team, he started 36 games, earned four varsity letters, and won three MAC West Championships (1997, 1998, 2000).  His Senior season the Rockets finished the season 10-1 and with a No. 25 ranking in the final Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ polls. As a Senior Offensive Lineman, he received All Mid-American Conference honors.  He was also awarded the team's Iron Man award, which is presented to the hardest worker in the weight room.

After college, Michael played professionally for two seasons in the Arena Football League 2 for the Quad City Steamwheelers.  During his time with the Steamwheelers, he was a Captain and helped lead the team to two divisional championships, and one conference championship.  

Before joining the Upper Arlington family, Michael was a varsity assistant football coach at Davenport North High School (Davenport, Iowa).  Coach Schaefer has also coached baseball in the Upper Arlington system and was the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at UAHS in 2005. In addition, Michael served as part of the administrative team at UAHS as Athletic Director from 2009-2014.  

Coach Schaefer currently teaches 6th-8th Grade Health at Jones Middle School.  In addition, he also is the Head 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach, an assistant track coach at Jones along with coordinating the Respect Yourself Program for UA Schools.  

Michael and his beautiful wife Kirsten live in Upper Arlington with their three children, Samantha (Freshmen at UAHS ), Bo (5th grade at Tremont), and Emma (3rd grade at Tremont).  As a family, they are active members of the community. Volunteering at Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Second and Seven Foundation, serving at Discover Christian Church, and as volunteers at Round Lake Christian Camp in Lakeville, Ohio.  

CHAD SPICKLER

Assistant Head Coach, Special Team’s Coordinator, WR, Safeties - 6th year 
 

This is Chad Spickler’s second stint at Upper Arlington. He was a volunteer assistant in 2004. He is currently an intervention specialist at Pickerington High School North. He has also coached at Bexley, Pickerington North, Grove City, and Bishop Ready High Schools.


He is a graduate of Boardman High School. He earned his B.A. degree from The Ohio State University and his Master’s Degree from Antioch University.


Chad lives in Canal Winchester with his wife Kari and their daughter Milania.

ANDY GASPAR

Defensive Coordinator 

DAN BJELAC

Offensive Line & Outside Linebackers Coach- 2nd Year


Coach Bjelac is in his second year on the Upper Arlington staff after a long tenure at Bishop Watterson High School as both an Assistant and Head Coach of the Eagles. Coach Bjelac took over the Head Coaching job at Bishop Watterson in 2003 and served as Head Coach for the next 14 years. In Coach Bjelac’s 14 years as Head Coach, his teams qualified for the state playoffs 9 times and he lead Bishop Watterson to a State Championship in 2010.


Prior to becoming Head Coach Bjelac was Offensive Coordinator for former Upper Arlington Head Coach Mike Golden for 14 years and was integral part of Watterson’s success in that time, which included 10 playoff appearances, 2 State Runner Ups in 1999 and 2001 and a State Championship in 2002. Coach Bjelac has also Coached at Cincinnati Moeller, and his alma mater Steubenville Catholic Central.


He is a graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central High School. He earned his B.A. from West Liberty University where he was a 2-year letterman in football for the West Liberty. Coach Bjelac also received his Master’s Degree from the University of Dayton in 1996. Coach Bjelac is a Social Studies teacher at Bishop Watterson, and resides in Powell.


JEROME RODGERS 

Assistant Coach: Defensive Line

BARRY FOX 

34th season, 3rd with UAHS (10th with UA overall) 

Barry Fox is entering the 3rd year of his 2nd stint of coaching at Upper Arlington Hgh School.  He was first with the Golden Bears from 1976 thru 1982.  This was followed by two years as the head coach at Bexley High School.  Then two years as the head coach at Newark High School. After leaving central Ohio, Coach Fox coached for 19 seasons at Bowling Green High School. and then 2 seasons at Otsego High School.  Upon moving back to Columbus in 2015, the opportunity to return to Upper Arlington to coach was offered.  

Coach Fox is a graduate of Hamilton Township High School, where he started his coaching in 1974.  He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1974 and 1976.  He lives in Columbus with his wife Frances.  He has a son, Eric, who lives in Phoenix, Arizona and a granddaughter, Camryn.

TJ BURBRIDGE

Assistant Coach, 2nd year


T.J. Burbridge is in his 7th year coaching (2nd at Upper Arlington).  He attended  Columbus Centennial high school. After high school, he attended Wilmington (OH) College, where he was named a two-time all-conference defensive back.  Upon returning home from college T.J. returned to coach at Centennial for two seasons, followed by St. Charles and Linden McKinley. 


T.J. resides in Reynoldsburg with his wife Brittany and daughters Jailyn, Skylar and son Richard III (Tré). He currently a Paraprofessional Lead at Jones Middle School.

 JOSH GRAHAM

Assistant Coach - 1st year


Coach Graham is in his first year coaching at Upper Arlington.He graduated in 2014 from St. Charles were he played football, earning two letters and all conference honors as a senior.


Coach Graham graduated from the Ohio State University in May 2018 with a bachelor's in chemistry. He is currently in the master's of education program at Ohio State and will graduate in 2019. 

He currently lives in Worthington.


CARLTON MCGRADY

Assistant Coach:

MARK PFISTER

Linebackers/Running Backs-6th year


Coach Pfister is a 1982 graduate of Upper Arlington High School where he played football and lacrosse. He served as a captain of the 1981 football team and received All-League, All-District, All-Ohio and All-American honors at linebacker. 


Coach Pfister went on to play college football for The Ohio State University and began his coaching career after graduation as a graduate assistant at Miami (Ohio) University.


Mark lives in Upper Arlington with his wife Megan.  They are proud parents of two UAHS football and lacrosse alum, Tyler (UAHS Class of 2012) and Jackson (UAHS Class of 2015).


STEVE RAYO

Assistant Coach - 2nd year


   Steve and Bonnie Rayo reside in UA and have for the last 30 years. They have 2 sons, Steve and Scott, who graduated from UA in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Both played football for the Bears.

Coach Rayo played football for UA from grade 7 -12, earning two letters and a runner-up state Championship his junior year. He coached in the system from 1998

to 2010, returning in 2015.

He and his wife graduated from UA in 1976 and have been married 39 years.

TOM TRACE

Assistant Coach:

TODD PFEIL

Running Backs / Linebackers Coach- 1st season


Coach Pfeil enters his 1st season on the Upper Arlington staff and currently works with the linebackers and running backs.  In addition, he also is a Varsity assistant baseball coach at Upper Arlington High School.  Pfeil is a graduate of Upper Arlington and was a member of the 1990 State baseball championship team.  Pfeil went on to Eastern Kentucky University and was a member of the Colonel’s baseball team. 


His father Bill coached Football for 32 years at Upper Arlington. 


He resides in Upper Arlington with his wife Renee and two children Sebastian and Veronica. 

NOAH WALUSIS
Film and Technology -2nd year coaching

Coach Walusis is 2017 graduate from Chaminade Julienne High School, in Dayton Ohio. He ran track and played football, serving as a captain his senior football season. 

Currently, Coach Walusis is a sophomore at The Ohio State University. He is a Psychology major, and is in Air Force ROTC. 
PATRICK MCEUEN
Offensive Line & Outside Linebackers Coach, Technology and Equipment - 1st year 

This is Coach McEuen’s first year with the Golden Bears. He is currently working with the offensive and defensive lines, and assists with technology and equipment.


Coach McEuen is a 2015 graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School in Northeastern Ohio where he played linebacker all four years of high school. Currently, Patrick is in his senior year at Ohio State University and is majoring in Sport Industry. He will graduate in May 2019. Patrick works at Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety as the Assistant Maintenance and Facilities Director. He resides in Grandview Heights with his girlfriend, Haley.


TONY PETERS

Kickers and Punters - 24th year coaching, 15th year at UAHS 


Coach Peters graduated from Olentangy High School, where he was an All-League punter. He furthered his punting career at The Ohio State University during the 1979-80 season. He previously coached at UA during the 1989-94 and 2002-03 seasons.


After graduating from Capital University, where he coached the kicking game in 1995-97, he taught and coached at Marion-Franklin High School, where he served as Special Teams Coordinator and at Gahanna Lincoln High School from 2006-08, where he is currently an Intervention Specialist. In May of 2012 he completed his Master’s Degree from Ashland University.


Coach Peters and his wife, Mary, reside in UA with their two children, Courtney, and Connor.

BRYANT BOKOVITZ

Outside Linebackers/Running Backs, Technology - 1st season 


Bokovitz is in his 1st year coaching.  He is a 2012 graduate of Gallia Academy High School in Gallipolis, OH. He went on to play college football at Capital University. Bokovitz earned 3 letters playing linebacker for the Crusaders.


Currently, he works for a marketing agency in Central Ohio.


STEVE GELHERT 

Quarterbacks - 1st year


Steve Gehlert is excited to join the Upper Arlington football family this fall.  He played quarterback at Thomas Worthington High School before heading to Ohio State. He had the opportunity to be part of the 1997 Rose Bowl team. After two years at Ohio State, he decided to transfer to Mount Union University where he won two Division III National Championships in three years. Coach Gehlert taught Spanish and coached quarterbacks at Dublin Coffman High School prior to becoming an Assistant Principal and Principal in New Albany Schools and SouthWestern City Schools. He is currently working as a consultant for organizations going through major change as well as in Real Estate with RE/MAX Premier Choice in Upper Arlington.

He is married to his wife of 14 years, who graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1999.  They have five children, the most recent just born in June of 2018.

TOM EVANS 

Athletic Trainer 

BRANDON SPICKLER

Director of Strength and Conditioning -  3rd year


Brandon Spickler joined the Golden Bears in March 2015, as the Director of Strength and Conditioning, after spending three and half years at Miami University as the Assistant Director of Strength Conditioning. While at Miami, he oversaw the yearly strength and conditioning programs for six Olympic sports, while assisting with football. Prior to his time at Miami, he was an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for two years at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan serving in the same capacity. During his time as a graduate student at Kent State University, he spent a year as a graduate assistant for Kent State Strength and Conditioning working with all Olympic sports and football. 


He holds certifications from both the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also a member of the National High School Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. Brandon has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in nutrition from Kent State University. He is a native of Boardman, Ohio. Brandon resides in Hilliard with his wife Natalie and their two sons CJ and Vance.

KASEY WHITE 

Strength and Conditioning - 1st year 


Kasey White joined the Golden Bears in November of 2017 as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach through OSU Sports Medicine. Prior to her time with the Golden Bears, she was a Student Intern with OSU Sports Performance while completing her Master’s of Sports Coaching degree at The Ohio State University. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Kasey has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Otterbein University where she played volleyball for four years. She has also coached volleyball for 5 years at both the high school and club levels. She is a native of Little Hocking, Ohio and now resides in Hilliard.


Our Two Middle School's Coaching Staffs: 

Jones Middle School 

Hastings Middle School