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Varsity Head Coaches' Bios

Todd Baker, Bowling
Todd Baker has been coaching bowling at McAuley for five years. He has been bowling for over 40 years, with multiple perfect 300 games. Todd has Dick Ritger Level I Certification and has also coached bowling at John Paul II. Todd is a graduate of Mt. Healthy High School and completed five years of trade school at the Cincinnati Master Plumbers Association. He is currently in Local 392 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union and works for Triton Services as a service plumber. His wife, Pam, is a 1986 McAuley alumna, as well as his two daughters, Alexis (Class of 2014) and Madison (Class of 2016).

Justin Hilling, Volleyball
Justin Hilling has coached volleyball for eight years at the high school varsity level. He has served as the assistant varsity coach at McAuley for two years and will begin his first season as head varsity coach in 2017-18. Prior to McAuley, he also coached four years at Badin High School; two of these years were as assistant coach and two years as head coach. He also served as the head varsity coach for two years at Monroe High School, and he has coached eight years of club volleyball. Justin himself has played volleyball since 4th grade. A 2006 Roger Bacon grad, he played 10 years of organized volleyball through high school and has played sand volleyball for seven years.

Sarah Lohbeck, Lacrosse
Coach Lohbeck played lacrosse for five years, at the middle school and high school levels, from 2004-2009. She received a Bachelors in Psychology and Communications from University of Cincinnati in 2013 and then completed her Masters in Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University in 2017. In 2014, she was eager to return to her Alma Mater as a new Varsity assistant coach and coached in that position for two consecutive seasons (2013-2014 and 2014-2015) before moving on to head coach. Now, she is looking forward to her second year as head coach for the 2016-2017 season. Additionally, Coach Lohbeck works full-time at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a Project Specialist, working with patients and families who have Cystic Fibrosis.

Ernie Petri, Golf
Coach Petri is in his 19th year at McAuley as head golf coach. During his tenure, McAuley's teams have qualified for Districts 10 times, as well as having qualified three individuals for District during that time. In 2007, they were GGCL Champs, and he was named Coach of the Year in the Scarlet Division. Girls playing for Coach Petri have gone on to play in college at Dayton, Depaw, Bellermine, and Wilmington just to name a few. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Education and taught German and History for 30 years in Winton Woods School District.

Ron Russo, Cross Country and Track
Coach Russo enters his seventh season with the Mohawks and 27th season overall. Over the past six years, Coach Russo has led the Mohawks to three Regional Finals. In 2011, the cross country team was the District Runner Up. The past four years, the track team won the District Title (2011) and was the District Runner Up in (2012, 2013).

Coach Russo's 4X800m relay has finished as the State Runner Up (2011, 2012), and third (2013) while also gaining national ranking accolades. In his career, he has coached four individual State Champions, and five State Individual Runner Up finishes.

In 1998, Coach Russo was named Ohio State Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year. His Colerain teams won four straight state titles (1997-2000) and three state runner up finishes (1996, 2003, 2004). In 1997 and 1998, his teams finished ranked #3 in the nation and in 1999, #6 in the U.S.A. His teams from 1992-2008 earned 15 out of 17 state births with 10 Top 5 State finishes. In 2011, McAuley finished 9th in the state in track and in 2012, 13th in the State Finals.

He was inducted into the LaRosa's Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named GGCL Coach of the Year in Track & Field 2011, 2012, 2013. Since 1992, his teams have won 79 combined championships in cross country and track (Conference, District, Regional and State). Coach Russo has sent his athletes on to some of the most prestigious conferences in the country including the Big Ten (Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Purdue, and Ohio State); SEC (Arkansas, Mississippi State); Big East (Cincinnati, Houston); and MAC (Miami, Ohio, Eastern Michigan and Ball State).

Zach Starkey, Tennis
Zach joined the tennis program in 2015 as the Junior Varsity coach. In 2016, he stepped into the Varsity position. Zach graduates from the University of Cincinnati in 2015 with a B.S. in Neurobiology. He played tennis at LaSalle High School, where upon graduating, he volunteered his time as a volunteer assistant coach for two and a half seasons. Currently he is a sales representative for DePuy Synthes, specializing in total joint replacements. Zach believes that the lessons learned on the tennis court help develop in student athletes McAuley's motto of "Be Empowered." When not working or coaching, Zach enjoys traveling, going to the movies, and searching Cincinnati for great food.

Eric Stock, Swimming
Coach Stock is entering his 8th season as McAuley Swim Coach. His first seven seasons have been highlighted by State qualifiers, numerous District qualifiers, and back-to-back Best of the West Champions (2014 and 2015). Eric swam at LaSalle and graduated in 2008. He began his coaching career at Orchard Hill Swim Club back in 2007 and fell in love with it. He graduated from The University of Cincinnati in 2012 and currently works at Local12 as a Digital Campaign Manager.

Dan Wallace, Basketball
Coach Wallace has been head coach of the McAuley Mohawks for three seasons. During the 2014-15 season, the team earned the GGCL Championship and District Champ titles, and Dan was named GGCL Coach of the Year. 2014-2015 was his eighth season in high school basketball, which began here at McAuley as an assistant before moving to Colerain as the head coach for three seasons including an appearance in Districts in the 2011-2012 season. Overall, Coach Wallace has coached basketball for over 10 years including high school, grade school, AAU, and individual training. He has a degree in Sport and Leisure Studies from The Ohio State University, a Masters in Sports Administration from Xavier University, and he teaches Physical Education at St. James White Oak.

Kristen Wanstrath, Soccer
Coach Wanstrath is a Cincinnati native who began coaching soccer at the early age of 16 and has been doing it ever since! She served as head varsity coach during the 2014 season. She served as head coach of McAuley's JV soccer team for four years. She played soccer at Cincinnati State and the University of Cincinnati. She currently works as a Mechanical Engineer at Procter and Gamble

Karen Wiesman, Softball
Coach Wiesman is an alumna of McAuley where she played softball and soccer during all four years of high school. During college, she was a four-year starting catcher at Northern Kentucky University. Upon graduating from NKU, she returned to McAuley in 1997 to coach softball and soccer, becoming the head varsity softball coach in 2003. As head coach her teams have posted a combined record of 187-101. She has led her teams to five league championships, four sectional championships, a district championship, and Regional runner-up. Several of her players have gone on to play at Division I, II, III and NAIA Universities. Coach Wiesman has also been coaching select summer softball for 20 years.

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