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Varsity Coach Hamish Baird

Hamish graduated from Upper Arlington High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. He then obtained a master’s degree in business administration from Capital University. Hamish began his hockey career in the CAHA house league, played for the Columbus Capitals, UA high school and Division 3 Skidmore Thoroughbreds. Hamish currently works for a small company in pharmaceutical research and development. He lives in UA with his wife, Laura, and his three children, Devon, Braden and Sophie.

Varsity Assistant Coach Jack Hoogeveen

Coach Hoogeveen is looking forward to a successful fourth season with the Golden Bears. He grew up in the east end of Toronto, Ontario, where he played high school and junior hockey.  Coach Hoogeveen played varsity hockey at BGSU in its inaugural three years, and earned a bachelor’s in political science and geography. He went on to obtain a master’s in city and regional planning at OSU.

For the past 20 years, Coach Hoogeveen has coached hockey at the youth level in Columbus as well as worked with adults and children teaching the basics of the game at the OSU Ice Rink.  In addition, he has coached high school hockey at Gahanna and Olentangy Liberty, taking Liberty to three district championships and four conference titles.

Jack is retired from The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency where he worked for 33 years. He resides in Westerville with his wife, Jacquelyn, where they have raised five grown children.

Varsity Assistant Coach Derek Dorsett


Derek is a Varsity coach focusing on skill development, systems and strategy.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program.  Born and raised in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Derek has had a long and prosperous hockey career.  He played for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL before being drafted into the NHL.  His professional career spanned 11 years with the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks organizations.  He resides in Upper Arlington with his wife, two sons and a daughter. 

Varsity Assistant Coach Brett Howden


This season represents Brett’s fifth with the Upper Arlington hockey program. Brett is originally from a small town in Ontario, Canada and grew up playing the game at a high level. Brett’s playing career included a season of major junior hockey (OHL) with the Owen Sound Attack in 2003 and a provincial junior B championship with the Thorold Blackhawks in 2005. Prior to moving to Columbus in 2015, Brett coached three (3) years of AAA hockey in Hamilton, Ontario – focusing his teaching and development on the finer points of the defensive side of the game.

Brett is a finance professional who is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Capital University. He resides in Upper Arlington with his wife, Alyssa and daughter Elliott.

Varsity Assistant Coach Steve Pileski

This season will be Coach Stephen Pileski’s third season with the Upper Arlington hockey program.  He was born in Detroit and raised as a huge Red Wings fan.  After moving to Columbus, he began playing hockey at the Chiller Ice Rinks and continued through middle school.  Coach Pileski enjoys playing in adult hockey leagues and can be found in the rinks two to three times a week.

Coach Pileski graduated from New Albany High School and attended The Ohio State University.   Stephen works as a real estate agent in Columbus and lives with his family in New Albany. 

Junior Varsity Head Coach Jake Ganger

This season will be Coach Jake Ganger’s first season with the Upper Arlington hockey program.  Bio coming soon.

Assistant JV Coach Nick Lanctot

Coach Lanctot grew up in Minnesota and has enjoyed the game from a very young age.  After playing high school hockey he went on to attend St. Cloud State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.  Working in Financial Services, Nick eventually moved to Columbus where he was fortunate to find a thriving hockey community.  He currently lives in Columbus along with his wife and two daughters.

Assistant JV Coach Parker Delaney

This is Parker’s fourth year coaching for the JV UA Bears. Parker is from Rochester, NY where he played hockey at multiple levels throughout his childhood and high school years. Parker lives and works in Columbus while his girlfriend Erica is finishing her PhD at Ohio State.

Assistant JV Coach Stephen Stern

Bio coming soon.