Western Ohio Warriors – WOW Coaches

Our coaching staff has a combined 30+ years experience in coaching youth lacrosse in the Dayton area. We pride ourselves in not only improving our players’ skills and lacrosse IQ, but also helping to develop their leadership and teamwork along the way. The WOW teams also receive opportunities to work closely with college lacrosse players, learning directly from those who have competed on the highest level.

Lacrosse coach Clay WellsClay Wells

Coach Wells has been a coach for many years. He came to lacrosse when his son began playing 7 years ago. Since then he has coached teams in every youth age group and in Middle School. Coach Wells is one of only 13 Level 2 certified lacrosse coaches in Ohio. US Lacrosse’s certification program has both academic and practical application requirements. Although his demeanor will never be confused as soft-spoken, his players know him, respect him, and love to play for him.

His success is measured by player improvement. Each player on his team improves through coaching, effort, and playing time. Having coached outdoor and indoor lacrosse, he ventured into the travel season with the Warriors. Coach Wells founded the Western Ohio Warriors because he wanted to create a Dayton-based travel team. He has been successful at every level and looks to continue on the outstanding 10-6 start from last summer.



Robert Rando

Coach Rando enjoys leadership, coaching, and growth. He works to apply mindfulness to all that he does and hopes that it can provide positive changes to how he interacts with the world. Coach Rando finds great fulfillment in coaching lacrosse.  He has coached girls lacrosse for more than a decade from youth to High School, and he is currently the head coach for Springboro High School Girls team.

Coach Rando is thrilled to be part of the Warrior family and showcase the talent and lacrosse IQ we have in the area.

Malia Stephens

Coach Stephens fell in love with lacrosse when she began playing in junior high in her home state of Utah. She was a starter on the high school varsity team for four years before attending Duke University, studying engineering and playing midfield for the Duke Club Women’s Lacrosse team. She wanted to continue to be a part of the lax community, and so began coaching the Centerville Middle School lacrosse team when she moved to Ohio in 2016. Coach Stephens is very excited to share her lacrosse knowledge and experience and to coach the girls to improve, both on and off the field.


Lacrosse coach James JohnsonJames “JJ” Johnson

In his fourth season with the Warriors, Coach Johnson comes to the Warrior family from Springboro. He’s been a coach for several years in multiple sports. He has coached teams at the youth, Middle School and High School levels. “JJ” is also a Level 1 certified coach with the US Lacrosse. The most important things to “JJ” are hustle, fundamentals, understanding the “team” game and having fun while doing it.

Like the other Warrior coaches JJ measures his success by improving each player’s abilities and raising their lacrosse”IQ.” In He’s excited to be part of the Warrior family and help us achieve our expectations both on and off the field.

Justin Happ

Coach Happ played lacrosse for 20 years and has been coaching for seven years. He played high school lacrosse at Greensburg Central Catholic about 30 minutes west of Pittsburgh, PA. For college, Justin chose academics over playing divisional lacrosse and went to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. Coach Happ played in a men’s league and played throughout the state, and he started coaching in Florida for a local high school and then moved to coaching in Montana.  Coach Happ currently coaches high school boys for Springboro, and is excited to join the Warrior family.

Ray Eaton

Coach Ray Eaton has been coaching youth sports for 10 years. He has been an assistant coach for lacrosse at the youth and middle school levels. Coach Eaton attended US Lacrosse Level 1 training in 2013. His philosophy is to emphasize and improve each player’s fundamental skills throughout the season. The goal is to provide the boys with a foundation which allows them to compete at any level they desire.

Coach Eaton is looking forward to another productive season with the Western Ohio Warriors.


Kris Parlett

Coach Parlett also comes to the Warrior family from Springboro. He’s coached multiple sports for the past decade, focusing on lacrosse for the past five years.  Level 1 certified, Coach Parlett has coached both boys and girls at the youth level and boys Middle School levels. For Kris, the measurement of success is helping the players approach the game with a consistent positive attitude and 100% effort – two things within every player’s control.  He puts a premium on lacrosse fundamentals and IQ, and wants every player to get better with every lacrosse experience.

A proud new member of the Warrior family, Coach Parlett is looking forward to a fun season