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.
Coach Wells has been a coach for many years. He came to lacrosse when his son began playing 5 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.
James “JJ” Johnson
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 and Middle 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 lacrose”IQ.” He’s excited to join the Warrior family and help us achieve our expectations both on and off the field.
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.
Kyle is a collegiate lacrosse player who recently graduated from Frostburg State University in Maryland. Growing up in Carthage, New York (just outside of Syracuse), Kyle has dedicated most of his life to the game of lacrosse – receiving multiple awards and honors along the way. Having played the game from youth through his college days, he brings a unique perspective with regard to technique, strategy and overall understanding of the game.