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Stags Coaching Staff

Sanford Erdahl, Head Coach - Middleton High School

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Prior to being named the Head Coach for Middleton High School in August of 2017, Sanford was an Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator with the Stoughton High School Boys Lacrosse program, a position that he held from 2011 to 2017. During his time as a coach with Stoughton, he was named the Madison Area Lacrosse Association High School Boy's Assistant Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015. He was also named the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation High School Boy's Assistant Coach of the Year in 2013. During his tenure, Stoughton played in the Division 2 State Finals for three straight years (2014-2016).  

In 2019, Sanford led his Middleton Cardinals team to a State Finals Appearance, a Big Badger Conference Championship and was also named the conference Coach of the Year.  He also led our Stags Varsity team to a Championship at the Madison Capital Classic in July of 2019.

Coach Ferd was also the High School Boy's Director for the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation from 2014 to 2016, where he ran coaching clinics and assisted in the development of new club programs throughout Wisconsin. Ferd was the Head Coach of the Dane County Coyotes Summer 2018 2019/2020 team, who won the Madison Classic tournament. He also led the Fall 2018 Middleton Lacrosse Academy 2019/2020 team.

He was a founder of the Saulty Dogs Lacrosse Team, a summer and fall club team. Ferd was a goalie during his tenure as a Stoughton High School varsity player and has trained goalies for several years, with several of his students receiving college scholarships.

Jeremy Napier, Head Coach- Edgewood College Men's Lacrosse

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Jeremy Napier was named the first-ever men's lacrosse coach in Eagles history on September 4, 2019. 
 
Napier comes to Edgewood College after spending the last year as the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. During his time with the Lumberjacks, Northland averaged over 12 goals per game and broke every major offensive record in 2019.

In 2017-2018, he was an Assistant Defensive Coordinator and Goalie Coach at national power Denison University. Denison advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament, while defeating seven other Tournament teams that season, climbing as high as #2 in the country in NCAA D3.
 
Napier also has coaching experience at the high school ranks as he served as the Head Lacrosse Coach at both South Lyon and Belleville High School in Michigan. In 2013 he was named the MHSAA Coach of the Year, while also being named the Oakland County Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Napier coached numerous players who earned All-State and All-American honors during his time in the high school ranks.

Coach Napier was a club coach for Team Total in Michigan from 2012-2017.  In that time, Team Total qualified for nationals every year, finishing 3rd in the country in 2015.
 
Napier played club lacrosse at Eastern Michigan University from 2001-2005. He was a four-your starter who earned All-CCLA honors as a goaltender all four years. Napier was also selected as the team MVP three times during his playing days.
 
Napier and the Eagles will begin competition in the spring of 2021. He will begin his role as head coach immediately as he recruits the first-ever Men's Lacrosse team at Edgewood College. 

Andy Schantz, Head Coach - Sun Prairie High School

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Coach Andy started his playing career in 2001 as a high school freshman at Green Bay Notre Dame Academy, where he played middie for four years at the varsity level. He then attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and played four years at attack, starting every one of those years for the UWSP Club Team.  Following graduation, Andy then played another six years in a men's league.
He started coaching in 2014 and did so for two years at the youth level, starting with a 11U team and then a 15U team the following year. In 2015, he was named the Head Coach of the Sun Prairie High School varsity team, and he has been leading that program ever since. Coach Andy has coordinated and run several winter and summer clinics in the years since, and has also coached for three different summer club teams since 2014, including one year of SP Elite, two years of Dane County Coyotes, and has been with Stags since its inaugural season.  He led the Summer 2019 14U team to a championship at the Blue Ox Tournament.
Growing up in a lacrosse-deficient area of the state, Andy has a passion for growing the game he loves at all ages and levels of talent, and a drive to help players of all ages improve to their full potential.  His philosophy is based on having fun, improving steadily, and giving full effort in order to achieve personal success.

Dylan Baier, Head Coach - Sauk Prairie High School

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Dylan is in his second season as Head Coach for Sauk Prairie. Prior to that, Dylan was an assistant with Sauk Prairie for 11 years. Dylan played on the inaugural team high school team in Sauk Prairie and has been there ever since. 


Some of Coach Baier's accomplishments include: 2 State Championship Titles, 4 State Championship appearances, Badgerland Assistant Coach of the Year (4 times). 


Dylan served as Vice President of Boys Lacrosse for Badgerland Lacrosse for 2 years and is a leader/advocate for lacrosse in Southern Wisconsin. 


Though Coach Baier is new to coaching Fall lacrosse, he will make sure each player gets the same attention and respect that his Sauk Prairie Varsity players receive.

Josh Wollin, Assistant Head Coach - Middleton High School

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Josh has been the Head Coach for the Stoughton High School Varsity team for the past seven years.  He also played his high school lacrosse at his alma mater, Stoughton.   Coach Wollin also spent two years coaching the Stoughton Youth 14U team and has continued to assist the youth program when possible.

Josh was recognized in the past with the following recognition: WLF Wisconsin Coach of the Year, Badgerland Conference Coach of the Year (2 times).  He also has coached his Stoughton High School team to three Division 2 State Finals appearances.

During the Summer/Fall/Winter over the past five years, Josh has coached with the Dane County Coyotes and the Saulty Dogs programs, ranging from 12U to Varsity High School levels.

Coach Wollin has also participated as a coach in many off-season camps, including the Badger State Camp run by Army Head Coach Joe Alberici.  Josh worked closely with many division one college coaches at those camps, including Ron Caputo from Duke University.

Bryce Packard, Assistant Coach - Middleton High School

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Coach Packard first played lacrosse in 7th grade with the inaugural Middleton Youth Lacrosse Club team. He continued his career as a 4-year Varsity long pole defender at Middleton High School. 

Bryce went on to play college lacrosse at Division Two Indiana Tech. While at I-Tech, he was named All-Conference as a freshman midfield defender and his teams made the national tournament during his junior and senior years.  Upon competing his college career, Bryce was a coach for several youth programs, before working as a Head Coach with the Middleton Youth Lacrosse Club.

Coach Packard was an assistant coach for the 2018 Summer Dane County Coyotes 2019/2020 team, which won the Madison Classic Tournament. He also continued to coach the 2019/2020 level for Middleton Lacrosse Academy in the Fall of 2018.

He also led our Stags Varsity team to a Championship at the Madison Capital Classic in July of 2019.

David Utterback, Assistant Coach - Middleton High School

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Coach Utterback began his lacrosse playing career with the Middleton Lacrosse Club in 7th Grade. Dave was a defensive long pole on the very first Middleton High School varsity lacrosse team.

After high school, Coach Utterback went on the play for the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse Club, where he excelled as a face-off specialist.  After his playing career, Dave committed as a coach for the Middleton Youth Program for 4 years.

Dave was an assistant coach during the Summer of 2018 for the Dane County Coyotes U12 and 2020/2021 teams.

During the Fall of 2018, he was the Head Coach of the Middleton Lacrosse Academy's 2020/2021 club team.

He also led our Stags 14U team to a Championship at the Blue Ox Tournament in June of 2019.

Joe Rocco, Assistant Coach - Middleton High School

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Coach Rocco began playing lacrosse in 8th grade as a long pole defender for the first ever Middleton youth club team. As a high school player, Joe lettered on the first ever MHS varsity team, splitting time between midfield and attack before graduating in 2009. 

Joe joined the Middleton Youth Lacrosse program in 2011 as an assistant coach and was the Head Coach for the U14 side of the program in 2018.

During the summer of 2018, Joe was as a defensive assistant for the Dane County Coyotes program. His U12 Coyotes team won the Lax Geneva tournament and were invited to nationals. During the fall 2018 season, Joe coached Middleton Lacrosse Academy's 2020/2021 club team, which placed in several tournaments.

He also led our Stags 12U team to a Championship at the Blue Ox Tournament in June of 2019.

Joe graduated from UW-Madison in 2014 with a double-major in Economics and History. He now works in credit operations for John Deere Financial in Madison. To this day, Joe plays recreational lacrosse in the Madison and Milwaukee areas.

Alex Bell, Assistant Coach - Middleton High School

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Meet our Goal Keeping coaching assistant Alex Bell. Alex began playing lacrosse for the Middleton youth club. He played goalie while at Middleton High School.


While attending UW-Madison, Coach Bell was a goalie for the Badgers club team. Since graduation he has been a veterinary technician for the UW Veterinary clinic.


Alex has coached youth goalies for the Middleton Lacrosse Club and was a mentor for goalies who are now a part of current Stags Lacrosse rosters.


He also led our Stags 12U team to a Championship at the Blue Ox Tournament in June of 2019.

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