PINTA returned as the head coach after three years
as the head coach of Hastings Middle School in Upper
Arlington, Ohio. While at Hastings, she grew the program
from 18 to 52 players. Coach Pinta has been involved
in coaching and playing high school lacrosse for over
30 years. Coach Pinta starting playing lacrosse in
1983 as a defender on Thomas Worthington High School's
team. In 1985 she helped Worthington to a title when
they won the Midwest Schoolgirl's Lacrosse Association
Championship. She continued to play lacrosse at The
Ohio State University from 1987-1992. While there,
she was selected to the Collegiate Midwest Team #1
that competed at the National Tournament in 1989.
Between 1987 and 1990 she coached the junior varsity
team at Thomas Worthington under the direction of
1991 Coach Pinta began her coaching career at Upper
Arlington High School at the junior varsity level.
In 1992 she assumed the head coaching position. Under
her direction, the varsity squad made eight appearances
in the Midwest Tournament. The Golden Bears went on
to win state titles in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008 (Coached
by Lynda (McCandlish) Phlipot), 2013, 2015, 2016,
2017, 2018, and 2019. Additionally, 2019 marked the
Golden Bears' 15th consecutive Regional Championship
win. During her high school coaching career she has
amassed a record of 404-106-14, having earned the
first-ever OCC Coach of the Year Award in lacrosse
for the 2007 season. That same year she was also honored
by the Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association for 16+
years of service. During her tenure as head coach
she has served on the National Scholastic All-American
and Academic All-Academic Selection Committees and
on the Board of the Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association.
Currently, she serves as Secretary to the Ohio High
School Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association. In 2009
Coach Pinta was inducted into US Lacrosse's "Century
Club" which was established to recognize high
school coaches of girls lacrosse who have achieved
significant levels of varsity wins in their coaching
careers. In the same year, she was also inducted into
Lacrosse Hall of Fame for her many contributions
to the game.
In 2017, Coach Pinta was named the National Coach
of the Year in girls lacrosse by the
National Federation of State High School Associations
(NFHS) Coaches Association.
addition to her high school coaching, Coach Pinta
also was instrumental in founding and organizing both
the Jones and Hastings middle school lacrosse programs
as well as the Upper
Arlington Lacrosse Association, which provides
youth lacrosse programs and clinics for elementary
Pinta also co-founded the Ohio Middle School Girls
Lacrosse Association with Laurie Johnson in 1994.
More recently, Coach Pinta was the founder and head
coach of Major
Force Lacrosse, a position she resigned from in
June, 2011. During her five years as head coach of
MFL, Coach Pinta helped transition more than 200 players
to the collegiate ranks.
currently is the director of the Lady
Bears Lacrosse Camp, which provides instruction
to kindergarten-high school players during the summer.
Coach Pinta also spent four years coaching her daughter's
UALA youth team.
Pinta teaches physical science and honors science
research at Upper Arlington High School. She is the
mother to two children: David (age 18) and Clara (age
16), who attend Upper Arlington High School.
coming to Upper Arlington, Sue Stimmel spent 21 years
coaching at the collegiate level, finishing her career
with a 198-130 record. Most recently, Coach Stimmel
was the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at the Ohio State
University. She was Buckeye's first coach, starting
the program in 1996. During her 15 year leadership,
the Buckeyes became a Top 20 team, playing in one
of the toughest conferences in the country. Ohio State
made back-to-back NCAA appearances in 2002 and 2003.
The 2003 team won the ALC Championships and advanced
to the NCAA quarterfinals. Stimmel was named the ALC
Coach of the Year and was also honored as the IWLCA
Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. During her
tenure, eight Buckeyes were named All-Americans and
three went on to play in World Cup competitions.
Ohio State, Coach Stimmel coached for six years at
Denison University, where she guided the Big Red to
a 76-18 record. Denison won five NCAC Championships
and made five NCAA appearances. Two of Stimmel's student-athletes
won National Player of the Year honors. She was named
the IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year in 1991, 1992,
and 1994 and NCAC Coach of the Year in 1990, 1992,
and 1993. In 1995 she coached the North Team in the
annual Division III North/South game. Her coaching
career began in 1984 when she was named an assistant
coach at the University of Massachusetts.
native of Boyertown, PA, Stimmel is a 1984 graduate
of Temple University, where she received a degree
in mathematics. A four-year varsity starter and member
of Temple's national championship teams in 1982 and
1984, she was named a Regional All-American in 1984
and was invited to the U.S. team tryouts. Her championship
teams were inducted into the Temple University Hall
of Fame in 2011. Stimmel was inducted into the Ohio
Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame in 2000.
addition to her coaching, Coach Stimmel has been involved
with numerous lacrosse committees and organizations.
She was the president of the Midwest Lacrosse Association
and served as a member of the executive board for
the USWLA. She was also the chair of the IWLCA Ethics
Committee, chair of the Mid-Atlantic NCAA Regional
Advisory Committee, and the Division I Vice-President
for the IWLCA. She served on the Tewaaraton Selection
Committee and the IWLCA Regional All-American Selection