Head Football Coach
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 SPICKLERAssistant 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.
Defensive Coordinator 5th Year
Andy has coached at Bishop Ready, Hamilton High, Grove City, Lakota West, Badin, and first moved to Columbus to coach for the Buckeyes as an assistant with the football sports performance staff under Head Coach Jim Tressel. Originally from Hamilton, Ohio, he played for Terry Malone at Badin High School who is one of the winningest football coaches in the state of Ohio. While at Badin High School he was part of two state championships (Football 1990, Baseball 1991). Andy graduated from Miami university of Oxford with a B.S. in Health and Sports Organization and is a CSCS, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He proudly served in the United States Army for three years after attending Wittenberg University where he played LB/TE until injuries kept him from continuing. Andy lives in New Albany with his wife, Julie, and daughter Allie.
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 is going into his 7th year of coaching, 5th year with the Upper Arlington Football Program. This will be his third year at the position of coaching Defensive Line. He also assists in coaching Special Teams Units as well as coaching defense for the Freshmen and JV levels.
In his spare time, Coach Rodgers enjoys going to the movies (mostly with his players), is an avid comic book reader/ collector, is an animal lover and loves to cook. He has been in a relationship for several years with the love of his life and her daughter Heather and Consy Materu.
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.
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.
3rd year at UA (8th Overall) - Defensive Assistant
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).
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.
Wide Receivers/Defensive Backs/JV Coach- 17th year
Coach Trace is a graduate of Whitehall Yearling High School. He earned his B.S. degree from Capital University, where he played varsity defensive back, and his Master’s Degree from the University of Dayton. Coach Trace began coaching football in 1991, and joined the Upper Arlington football program in 1999.
He lives in UA with his wife, Sarah, and their six children: Amy, Betsy, Thomas, Julie, Katie, & Jack. Sarah teaches language arts and Coach Trace teaches science at Jones Middle School.
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.
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.
Kickers and Punters - 27th year coaching, 21st year at UAHS….Ohio State, Capital and Ashland Universities.
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. Coach Peters rejoined the Golden Bears in 2009. In May of 2012 he completed his Master’s Degree from Ashland University. He is currently an Intervention Specialist in Columbus.
Coach Peters and his wife, Mary, reside in UA with their two children, Courtney, and Connor.
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.
Quarterbacks - 1st year
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.
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.