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. 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.

MICHAEL SCHAEFER

Director of Football Operations/Linebackers/Running Backs 15th yr.


    Coach Michael Schaefer is a 1996 graduate of Yorkville High School (Yorkville, IL). While in high school he earned seven varsity letters for the Fighting Foxes while participating in 3 sports (Football, Basketball, Baseball). Michael completed his bachelor's in education in 2000 and his master's in administration in 2001 at the University of Toledo. While in college, he started 36 games, earned four letters, and won three MAC West championships with the Toledo Rockets from 1996-2000. As a senior he received ALL MAC (Mid American)

honors as an Offensive Lineman. He was also voted the teams IRON MAN award winner, which is presented to the hardest worker in the weight room.

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

Before joining the Upper Arlington football family Michael was a varsity assistant football coach at Davenport North High School (Davenport, Iowa). He has also coached baseball in the Upper Arlington system for 6 years, and was the head Varsity Baseball Coach at UAHS for the 2005 season. In addition Michael also served as part of the administrative team at UAHS as Athletic Director for 5 years (2009-2014).

Coach Michael Schaefer is a 1996 graduate of Yorkville High School (Yorkville, IL). While in high school he earned seven varsity letters for the Fighting Foxes while participating in 3 sports (Football, Basketball, Baseball). Michael completed his bachelor's in education in 2000 and his master's in administration in 2001 at the University of Toledo. While in college, he started 36 games, earned four letters, and won three MAC West championships with the Toledo Rockets from 1996-2000. As a senior he received ALL MAC (Mid American)

honors as an Offensive Lineman. He was also voted the teams IRON MAN award winner, which is presented to the hardest worker in the weight room.

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

Before joining the Upper Arlington football family Michael was a varsity assistant football coach at Davenport North High School (Davenport, Iowa). He has also coached baseball in the Upper Arlington system for 6 years, and was the head Varsity Baseball Coach at UAHS for the 2005 season. In addition Michael also served as part of the administrative team at UAHS as Athletic Director for 5 years (2009-2014).

CHAD SPICKLER

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.

GERALD MOORE

Defensive Backs - 2nd year


   Coach Moore graduated from Ohio University where he was a four-year varsity letter winner and three-year starter. In his time at OU he was recognized as a freshman All-American and All-Conference defensive back. He also served as a team captain, mentor, and Unity Council member for the Bobcats.

After graduating he entered the NFL draft and was selected to tryout for the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent.

He is now an entrepreneur that works in the fitness industry as a Sports performance coach and trainer and is always seeking new experiences.

Coach Moore and his wife Jennifer are happy to be a part of the UA family and look forward to another great year of Golden Bear football.

DEAN CULLISON

Offensive Line Coach- 3rd year


   Coach Cullison is heading into year three at UA and 4th overall as a coach. He graduated from Bishop Ready in 2009 and was a three year letter winner under then head coach Bill Conley at Ohio Dominican and graduated with a bachelors in Sports Management in 2013. Coach Cullison is also a Para-Professional at Hastings middle school.

JACOB KOCH

Assistant Coach - 2nd year


   Jacob Koch is a 2014 graduate of Bishop Ready High School in Columbus and is in his first year as a coach for the Golden Bears. He was a senior on the 2013 football team at BRHS coached by Coach Cutler that finished in the state final four. He started on the offensive line his junior and senior year as an offensive guard. Jacob’s parents, Cliff and Candy, have two other boys, Matthew (23) and Nathan (18). Jacob is a sophomore at The Ohio State University where he is majoring in engineering. He also works in Ohio Stadium as a student facility operations manager.

JUSTIN WHITLATCH

Quarterbacks Coach - 1st year


   Coach Whitlatch is a 2010 graduate of Canal Winchester High School and is in his 1st year as Quarterbacks Coach for the Golden Bears. Justin graduated from Capital University in 2014 earning his bachelors degree in Education. From 2012-2014 Coach Whitlatch served as an offensive graduate assistant for Capital University. Justin played quarterback for Canal Winchester High School from 2006-2010 while earning 3 playoff trips, and 1 MSL-Buckeye Title. Coach Whitlatch had the honor of being a captain during his senior year at CWHS, and the Army Student-Athlete award for Canal Winchester High School. Coach Whitlatch also played baseball at Canal Winchester High School earning 2 final four appearances, and playing in a state title in 2007.

Coach Whitlatch currently teaches at Canal Winchester High School as an intervention specialist. Justin resides in Canal Winchester with his wife Ashley.


MARK PFISTER

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).

ROB BLEVINS

Assistant Coach - 4th year coaching, 3rd at UA


   Rob joined Coach Cutler's staff 4 years ago at Bishop Ready. Rob played football at UA from 2003 - 2007 and continued his career at Butler University where he started for 2 years as a free safety and punter.

Rob has a beautiful wife, Ashley, and they have been married for 6 years. They have two children, Anya (6), and Emma (3).

Rob's family is very involved in the UA community. His dad Mike, is the head of the Upper Arlington Junior Baseball Association (UAJBA). His brother John, coaches the 12 year olds for UAJBA. He also has a sister Nicole who graduated from UA in 2015.

Rob is a computer programmer and web developer for HealthPlan Data Solutions LLC.

ROBERT BROWNLEE

Assistant Coach - 2nd year


   Coach Brownlee returns to the UA Football staff for his second year. He was a member of the 2014 staff. A 2012 UAHS Graduate, Robert was a guard on the 9-3 2011 Playoff team. Currently he is finishing his last semester at OSU in Construction Management.

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.

TJ LANGERMEIER

Assistant Coach - 2nd year


   TJ Langermeier begins his first year at UA and helps coach linebackers and running backs. He graduated from West Jefferson high school in 2011 where he played football and baseball and also wrestled. TJ was a member of three regional runner-up football teams. He then attended Capital University where he majored in Econonics. TJ played varsity football there where he was a four year letter winner and a three year starter. He resides in West Jefferson.


TONY PETERS

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.