UA Coaching Staff
Varsity Coach Hamish Baird
Varsity Assistant Coach Brett Howden
This season represents Brett’s sixth 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 Jack Hoogeveen
Coach Hoogeveen is looking forward to a successful fifth 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 Craig Hagkull
Originally from St. Paul, MN, he played high school hockey before moving on to play two seasons of Junior A for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) where he was fortunate to win a National Championship his final year. After juniors he was a four year letter winner for the University of Notre Dame where he graduated with a degree in marketing. Upon graduating he returned to Des Moines where he worked for two years as an assistant coach for the Buccaneers. Coach Hagkull has had the pleasure of coaching all levels of youth hockey including the U.S. Select 16 Festival.
Coach Hagkull works as the Regional Managing Director for Principal Financial Group, overseeing operations in Ohio and West Virginia. He lives in Upper Arlington with his wife Molly and sons, Brady and Connor.
Varsity Assistant Coach Mac Lawless
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Mac grew up in Perrysburg, OH and attended the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He began playing hockey when he was 8 years old and started coaching when his children were involved in youth hockey. He and his wife, Arien, have three children that graduated from Upper Arlington in 2018, 2020, and 2022.
Mac is the President of Corporate Housing Systems in Dublin, OH.
Junior Varsity Head Coach Austin Siemer
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Austin graduated from Westerville North High School and went on to attend The Ohio State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He began his hockey career in the EYHA house program and finished up playing for the Westerville Warcats. Austin went on to coach Westerville’s JV team for four seasons. Austin currently works for Cardinal Health in Account Management. He lives in Westerville with his wife, Melissa, and two dogs.
Assistant JV Coach John Driscoll
John is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University. Raised by parents from Philadelphia and Chicago, John has been involved in the sport of hockey from a very young age. He played high school hockey at Cincinnati St. Xavier, when he also began coaching, volunteering at youth camps and clinics around Cincinnati. John also spent two summers as a counselor and coach at Miami Hockey School.
Assistant JV Coach Stephen Stern
Assistant Coach Stephen Stern is returning for his 9th season with the Golden Bear’s hockey program. He served as a volunteer coach during his first two seasons with Upper Arlington Varsity and has been with the Junior Varsity for the last 5 seasons. Coach Stern has coached hockey in central Ohio for several years in various capacities, as well as officiating youth hockey, high school, college and adult games since 2013.
Coach Stern is a member of the Upper Arlington High School Chemistry Department, and has taught in Upper Arlington the last 24 of his 31 year teaching career.
Coach Stern is a proud graduate of the University of California, Irvine.
Development Coach Lee Harris
This is Lee’s first year as a skating and development coach with the Upper Arlington High School Ice Hockey program.
Lee Harris was born and raised in Harrow, Ontario Canada where he began his figure skating and hockey career at age three. In 2000, Lee moved to Hartford, Connecticut to concentrate on his figure skating career. He became the 2002 National Jr. Champion and competed in the 2002 Jr. World Championships in Hamar, Norway. Lee retired from the competitive figure skating world in 2006 after many senior international events and 6 national championships. After retiring from competitive skating, Lee began coaching skating skills to youth and high school hockey players. With his unique combination of hockey and figure skating skills, he quickly became recognized as a valuable asset to the higher-level organizations, and he began coaching players in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
In 2011, Lee moved to Columbus, Ohio and quickly made an impact on both the figure skating and hockey organizations in the area when he founded the Lee Harris Skating System (LHSS) in 2012 and began running several skating camps and clinics. In 2014, Lee became the skating consultant for the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) and their affiliate team in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Springfield Falcons (AHL) which is now the Cleveland Monsters (AHL), in Cleveland, Ohio. Lee was a part of the 2015-2016 Lake Erie monsters (AHL) Calder Cup championship team as their skating skills coach. In the 2017-2018 season, Lee began his work with the Mens and women’s hockey teams at The Ohio State University as their skating conditioning/specialist coach.