Upper Arlington Football

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Head Coach

Coach Cutler became the 13th Head Coach in the history of Upper Arlington Golden Bears Football on January 13, 2014. In his second season as Head Coach, he led the Golden Bears to a 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.

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.


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 Health at Jones Middle School.  In addition, he also is the Head 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach, an assistant track coach at JMS along with coordinating the Respect Yourself Program.  

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, serving at Discover Christian Church, and as volunteers at Round Lake Christian Camp in Lakeville, Ohio.  


Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers/Defensive Backs/

Special Teams & Technology Coordinator - 4th 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.


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Running Backs/Linebackers- 5th year

   Coach Pfister is a 1982 graduate of UAHS 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 played college football for The Ohio State University and worked after graduation as a graduate assistant at Miami University.

Mark lives in Upper Arlington with his wife Megan and their two boys Tyler (UAHS Class of 2012) and Jackson (UAHS Class of 2015).


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.


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Kickers and Punters; 24th year coaching, 15th at UA

   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.