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Andrew Kessinger
Program Director, Varsity Head Coach
awkess@att.net


Kessinger was named head coach in 2020 and has a long and strong background in soccer, both as a coach and a player.


He formerly served as the men’s varsity assistant at Ohio Wesleyan University under Hall of Fame coach Jay Martin before becoming director of coaching at Eagles Soccer Club in Upper Arlington. He coached high-school-age girls teams to state and regional championships with the club, coaching many college-level players in the process. He helped oversee the merger of Eagles Soccer with Ohio Premier, giving the program a two-community presence. He currently coaches the OP 06 Girls NPL team and holds a USSF National C License and a United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma.


Kessinger is a former professional player, having taken the pitch for VFR Baumholder in Germany as well as the Dayton Dynamo and Columbus Xoggz here in the U.S. He was a two-time college All-American and a four-year starter and letter winner at Ohio Wesleyan. His teams earned two trips to the NCAA Division III Final Four, and he was named DIII Player of the Year in 1991. He scored 61 goals, assisted on 32 more, and earned 154 points at OWU, where he is a member of the Athletics Hall of Fame. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with a concentration in management from the school.


Kessinger was a member of the very first club team in central Ohio (Dingos), where he won a state championship. He also won state and regional titles and earned a spot in the national finals playing for coach Ron Wigg at Club Ohio.
 

As a high school player at St. Francis DeSales, he was a four-year letter winner and starter and a two-time All-Ohio selection. He was a member of the Stallions’ very first state championship team, was the first soccer player inducted into the DeSales Hall of Fame, and still holds the program record for goals in a season. He was also a standout runner at the school, earning three varsity letters in cross country and two in track. He was two-time state qualifier in cross country and continues to hold the school record.


Kessinger is a Senior Wealth Advisor for Huntington Financial Advisors and a longtime member of the UA community. He’s lived here with his wife and three children for more than 25 years. He continues to be an avid runner, with 20 marathons under his belt, including the famed New York City and Boston marathons.

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Chad Blomgren
Assistant Program Director, Varsity Assistant Coach
cblomgren39@gmail.com


Blomgren joined the Upper Arlington coaching staff in 2020 after serving two seasons as varsity assistant at The Wellington School. During his time on the Wellington staff, his teams made consecutive district semifinal appearances.
 

He currently coaches the women’s club team at The Ohio State University, where he led the squad to its second straight national championship in his very first season. He also coaches club soccer for Ohio Premier, working with girls in the U15 and U16 age groups. He holds a USSF National C License and a La Liga Level 3 license.
 

A Mason, Ohio native and a graduate of Mason High School, he grew up playing in the BPYSL, MRL and NPL for Warren County Soccer Club. He also enjoyed short stints with Crystal Palace in England and Dakota Rev in Minnesota. He played with the Ohio State men’s club team while in college, and off and on while pursuing his teaching degree and coaching career.


He holds a post-baccalaureate degree in education from Capital University and a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education from OSU.

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Alyx Zavodny
JVA Head Coach
alyx.zavodny@gmail.com


Prior to joining the UA Girls Soccer staff in 2020, Zavodny coached the Bishop Watterson High School varsity squad for eight seasons, leading the team to 83 wins. Her teams earned a spot in the District Final in four of her eight seasons and made the Regional Semifinals in 2013. Bishop Watterson never failed to capture a league championship during her tenure, finishing with a
conference record of 31-1-1.

 

Before coaching at Watterson, Zavodny served as varsity assistant at The Wellington School for two seasons. She also coached club soccer locally, serving at both Santos FC, where she was girls assistant director for five seasons, and Ohio Premier. A former state and regional ODP coach, she holds a USSF National C License.
 

Her college playing career included stints at the University of South Alabama and The Ohio State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in educational administration. She completed her teacher licensure program in middle childhood education at Capital University.

Zavodny is a special education intervention specialist for Columbus City Schools. An avid runner and mountain biker, she’s also a motorcycle track day instructor with Midwest Track Day and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. She lives in Westerville with her husband, Rusty, and their dog, Lucy.

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Jordan Fike
JVB Head Coach
1jordan6@columbus.rr.com


Fike joined the Upper Arlington coaching staff in 2020 as head coach of the program’s JVB team. An experienced high school and youth camp coach, she was most recently on the camp staffs at Denison University and Capital University.
 

A decorated college player, she was a four-year starter at Capital, tallying 25 goals and 21 assists for her career. She received the Scholar All-American award from United Soccer Coaches her senior season, when she was also named first-team All-Great Lakes Region, second-team Scholar All-North/Central Region, first-team All-OAC, and Academic All-OAC. She was first-team All-OAC and Academic All-OAC as a junior and second-team All-OAC and Academic All-OAC as a sophomore.
 

Fike was a three-time varsity letter winner at Olentangy Liberty High School. As a senior she earned first-team All-OCC honors and helped lead her team to the state Final Four. She was selected for the Central District All-Star Game following the season. She also tallied 16 goals and 4 assists for the region’s number-one-ranked team as a junior and received second-team All-OCC honors as a result.
 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education from Capital, with an emphasis in math and science. She was a member of the university’s Kappa Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society and its Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She's now a 7th grade math and science teacher at London Middle School. 

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Sarah Wall
Volunteer Assistant Coach
swall10@gmail.com


Wall rejoined the coaching staff in 2020, serving as a volunteer assistant for the program where she starred as a player and served as a coach during the school’s Regional Championship and state Final Four season of 2008.
 

In addition to her time as a volunteer assistant with UAGS, she coached U-10 and U-12 girls teams in the NCSL Eagles Soccer Club (now part of Ohio Premier). She was also a longtime staff member of the Summer Soccer School camps in Upper Arlington and the Barnes Soccer Academy camps at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she served as assistant director. She holds a USSF National E License.
 

A three-time All-American, two-time Academic All-American and four-time Conference Player of the Year at Ohio Wesleyan University, Wall helped lead her team to an NCAA Division III National Championship in 2002. She continues to hold the North Coast Athletic Conference record for career assists and the school records for career assists, assists in a season, points in a game, and goals in a game. She was named to the conference All-Decade team in 2012 and was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan Hall of Fame in 2016. During her college career, she also played semi-professionally for the Columbus Shooting Stars in the W-League, earning All-Conference honors.


A four-year varsity starter at UA, Wall earned Academic All-Ohio honors as a senior in 2001. She was also a three-time All-Conference selection and earned a spot in the Central Ohio All-Star Game her senior year. She was a member of the very first NCSL Eagles Soccer Club team and was named to the ODP State Team in 2000-01.
 

Wall is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology at The Ohio State University. She specializes in acute leukemia and blood and marrow transplantation. She earned her medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine, completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital, and completed her fellowship training in Hematology and Medical Oncology at Ohio State. She recently earned a Master of Public Health degree from the university as well.

 

She lives in Upper Arlington with her husband, Brett, and their two children, Jack and AJ.

 
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Josh Haverick
JV Assistant Coach
josh.haverick@gmail.com


Haverick joined the program as a goalkeeper coach in 2020 and was named JV assistant the following season. A former high school and college club team keeper, he previously coached the Upper Arlington High School JVA boys team and spent five years as coach of the Jones Middle School seventh and eighth grade teams.


Haverick began playing for a select team while growing up in California. After moving to UA as a middle schooler, he played at Hastings and the high school before earning the starting keeper role on the varsity squad as a junior. After graduating in 1992, he played for the club team at Ohio State University.


A realtor for a local property management group, Haverick also runs a landscaping company. He and his wife Ericka reside in Upper Arlington with their daughters Naomi and Reese.

Mackenzie Brunke

Goalkeeper Coach

mackenzie.brunke.2019@owu.edu

 

Brunke was named goalkeeper coach following the 2020 season, joining the program from her alma mater, Olentangy Orange High School. She served as keeper coach there for two seasons, during which her varsity GK broke her own single-season records for shutouts and fewest goals allowed. She also helped lead the team to back-to-back Ohio Capital Conference championships and a district title.

 

In addition to coaching goalies at UA, Brunke also instructs keepers at Ohio Premier Soccer Club and Columbus Goalkeeper Academy.

 

A college standout, she was a four-year starter in goal for Ohio Wesleyan University, where she was voted captain after her sophomore season. A four-time All-Conference, two-time All-Ohio and All-Region player for the Bishops, she was named OWU Athlete of Year for 2018-2019 and holds the school record for career saves. She was also a three-time Academic All-Conference selection and a two-time All-Ohio Academic Award recipient during her college career before graduating with a degree in early childhood education.

 

A fifth-grade teacher at Olentangy Meadows Elementary, she lives in Powell with her pup Zola.

Michela Paradiso

Volunteer Assistant Coach

michela.paradiso@osumc.edu

 

Paradiso joined the staff as a volunteer assistant in 2020, helping coach the team she once starred for.

 

A former Ohio State standout, Paradiso was a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain for the Buckeyes, concluding her tenure in 2015 ranked fourth in career assists. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, she helped lead the soccer Bucks to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen her senior season.

 

As a prep player for the Golden Bears, she earned a varsity letter in each of her three seasons, graduating in 2012 with 72 goals and 29 assists. Her teams won three District titles and remain the only UA squad to earn a spot in the state Final Four. Individually, she was a three-time OCC Player of the Year, three-time ThisWeek Super 12 captain, three-time All-State selection, and a NSCAA High School All-American.

 

Paradiso played her youth soccer with Eagles Soccer Club and Ohio Premier, winning a club state championship with current UA head coach Andrew Kessinger.

 

A summa cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, she’s currently a dermatology resident at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She continues to work closely with OSU student-athletes as co-founder of Athletes in Medicine, a program that mentors undergraduates interested in pursuing medical careers. She lives in Upper Arlington with her family and her English Mastiff, Guido. 


Tom Evans
Athletic Trainer
tevans@uaschools.org

 


Katelyn Dilley
Athletic Trainer
kdilley@uaschools.org

 


Brandon Spickler
Strength & Conditioning Coach
bspickler@uaschools.org


 

Spencer Smith
Director of Student Life
ssmith@uaschools.org

 


Robin Hotham
Athletic Secretary
rhotham@uaschools.org

 

Phone: (614) 487-5210