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Stags Coaching Staff

VARSITY - Sanford Erdahl, Head Coach - Middleton High School

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.

VARSITY - Andy Schantz - Head Coach - Sun Prairie High School

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.

JUNIOR VARSITY - Bryce Packard, Assistant Coach - Middleton High School

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.

JUNIOR VARSITY - Dylan Baier, Head Coach - Sauk Prairie High School

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.

14U A - David Utterback, Assistant Coach - Middleton High School

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.

14U A - Jake Livesey, Middleton High School/UW

Jake started playing lacrosse in the 6th grade for the Middleton Lacrosse Club. Starting at defense, he later decided that midfield and attack suited his style more, and from then on that was his position.  Coach "Liver" played for True Lacrosse after his 8th grade and Freshman years and also played with several other programs on a guest basis.

Playing for Middleton High School,  Jake exclusively played two-way midfield, also as a face-off specialist.  He was a three year varsity player, and was a member of the 2015 State Championship Team.  During his senior year of 2016, he was a team captain.

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

Coach Liver is currently a senior economics major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During the summer he is also interning at Ideal Builders Inc.

14U B - Josh Wollin, Head Coach - Stoughton High School

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.

14U B - Jack Sundby, Stoughton High School/Air Force

Jack started playing lacrosse in 7th grade for Stoughton Youth Lacrosse. He then was a four-year Varsity letter winner, and a three-year starter at goalie for Stoughton High School.  During his time on the Stoughton High School Varsity team, he played on teams that won conference and played in the Division Two State Championship game.

For his three years as a starter in Goal, Coach Sundby was named all conference all three years, and played in the WLF All-Star game his junior year. He was also named a team captain senior year. He ended his lacrosse career being one of the best goalies in the conference and in the state. Jack played for the Saulty Dogs and the Dane County Coyotes for off-season lacrosse, leading the 2018 Coyotes Varsity team to two tournament runner ups and 1 tournament championship as team MVP. 

Coach Sundby plans to work with Stags through this fall and then leave to serve in the United Stags Air Force in December.

12U - Joe Rocco, Assistant Coach - Middleton High School

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.

12U - Alex Bell - Assistant Coach - Middleton High School

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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