1983, faculty member Pete Corey sponsored the
creation of the UAHS Girls Lacrosse Team. At the time,
only two local programs were fielding girls lacrosse
teams: Worthington and CSG. From 1983-1986, UA alumnus,
Dan Paoletti, served as coach. In 1987 Tom
Stout, the former Jones boys' coach, was appointed
to head the team. He lead the Golden Bears to a 3rd
place finish in the Midwest Schoolgirl's Lacrosse
Tournament in 1991. Shortly after, the MSLA grew from
16 teams to over 70 teams. This rapid growth precipitated
the development of the Ohio Schoolgirl's Lacrosse
Association, in which UA is a member. Since the creation
of the OSLA, the Golden Bears have won 7 state championships.
1992, Wendy Pinta
moved from JV to varsity coach, where she served 16
seasons as the head coach of the Golden Bears. During
her tenure she amassed a 213-78-12 record leading
the Bears to state championships in 2002, 2004, and
2005. UA was also nationally ranked in the top 25
Lacrosse Magazine and Lax
Power polls the same years it garnered state titles.
In 2009 Coach Pinta was inducted into the Ohio
Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
2008 state championship was coached by one of Pinta's
former players, Lynda McCandlish. Coach McCandlish
made history by being the first person in Ohio to
win a state titles as both a player and as a coach.
Lynda McCandlish entered the 2008 season as head coach
of the Golden Bears after a long, successful career
as a player in Upper Arlington, helping lead UA to
its first state championship in 2002.
2009, former Ohio Wesleyan head coach, Kim Rocheleau,
took over the reins as head coach of the Upper Arlington
Girl's Lacrosse program. During her tenure at UAHS,
she led the Bears to 3 Regional titles and to three
state championship title games. Unfortunately for
the Golden Bears, they came up short of being crowned
state champions each time ... .in 2011 losing in overtime
to three-time state champions, the Medina Bees.
2012, Wendy Pinta (361-96-11) came back to
her long-held position, this time joining forces with
lacrosse veteran Sue Stimmel, the 12-year veteran
head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. The coaching
duo led the Bears to their fifth state championship
in 2013 by a decisive victory against Sycamore, winning
14 to 8. In 2015 they once more beat the Aviators
12-8 to clench their sixth state championship.
both 2016 and 2017, the Golden Bears faced a previously
undefeated Jackson Massilon team, beating the Polar
Bears 9-6 and 15-6 to win their seventh and eighth
titles respectively. In 2018, Upper Arlington defeated
New Albany 11-5 to bring home their 4th consecutive
and 9th overall state championship.
1993, the Jones and Hastings programs were created
by Wendy Pinta and Tom Stout. The first
season at Jones was coached by Laura Montgomery
and Gretchen Reithmiller (former UA players),
and Hastings was coached by Beth Damonte and
Lori Ronto (OSU graduates).
In 1995, Pinta and Laurie Johnson (former Wellington
coach) organized the state-wide Ohio Middle School
Girl's Lacrosse Association. The Jones and Hastings
teams have seen their fair share of successes over
In 2008, the Hastings team, coached by Pinta, captured
their first undefeated season by beating Jones in
the final game 14-13. In 2013, Caroline Chao
led the Jones squad to a Middle School State Championship.
UAHS coaching staff looks forward to helping these
young players develop into scholar-athletes in the
high school arena.