Middle School teams compete in Field Hockey, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball.
About the coach... Chuck Sprague came to Laurel in 2011 as both an Assistant Track Coach and an Assistant Cross Country Coach. His prior coaching experience includes 15 years as an Assistant Track Coach and Head Cross-Country Coach at Regina High School and a season as an Assistant Cross Country coach at Andrews-Osborne Academy. He was a high school cross country runner in his home state of Vermont and continued to run cross country in college. Chuck graduated from Allegheny College and then the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He is the proud father of a former Laurel student athlete who graduated in 2003.
Coach Chuck will be coaching the Laurel cross country team along with Hall of Fame Coach Dick Mann and 2012 Laurel graduate Ellen Kuerbitz.
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About the coaches... Chanel Smit email Chanel Smit
Olivia Bridges comes to us with goalkeeper playing and coaching experience. We are very excited to have a coach who can focus on this position as we feel a strong goalie is the key to a successful season.
About the coach... Marti Hardy, a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A. and The University of Michigan, M.A. in Romance Language and Linguistics, has spent the last twenty five years at Laurel School teaching Upper School Spanish. In addition, she has served as Director of Service Learning, Senior Class Dean and Chair of the World Language Department. Having coached swimming at Laurel in the 80's, Marti decided to continue her passion for athletics by coaching the golf team.
Her interest and dedication to the game of golf goes back to her childhood when she played golf weekly with her father at Manakiki and with her husband while in graduate school at Michigan. She has played golf for the past thirty years at Canterbury Golf Club where she won the Club Championship in 1984, 1985 and 1989. She currently plays on the Canterbury Women's Golf Team and loves to compete in District Competitions.
She is excited to teach our golfers the importance of playing golf as a lifetime sport, making sure they understand the fundamentals and rules of the game, practice purposefully and demonstrate strong mental toughness as well as good sportsmanship. She is looking forward to taking on the challenge of our new Independent Golf League, comprised of Laurel, Hathaway Brown, Beaumont, Regina, Magnificat, NDCL, Walsh Jesuit, St. Joseph's Academy and Padua.
Contact Marti Hardy home 216.765-0996 cell 216.548-0798
About the coach... Tibi Regele
Born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, Tibor (Tibi) Regele has been playing soccer since 1978. Tibi was a member of the Youth National Budapest team, and played professional soccer until 1994. He continues to play on various leagues in Cleveland, Ohio.
His coaching career began in Hungary and continued as the head coach for the Budapest Stars, which was a team of the Cleveland Magyar Athletic Club. In 2005, Tibi began coaching high school girls at Solon High School. In 2009, Tibi joined Laurel School as the Head Coach for the varsity soccer team. Tibi enjoys the opportunity to share his extensive European soccer experiences to a strong qualified girl high school varsity team.
Tibi also is the owner of the Sand Man Floorsanding & Refinishing, which has received super service award for the past two years from Angie’s list, and, in 1999, was rated in Cleveland Magazine as Northeast Ohio’s Best Hardwood Flooring Company. Tibi, his wife, and 7 year old daughter live on the east side of Cleveland.
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The tennis teams are consistently among the most competitive and successful teams at Laurel each year. During pre-season, girls are broken into Varsity A, Varsity B, and Junior Varsity teams depending on their experience and skill level.
Varsity B and Junior Varsity work hard throughout the season, anticipating a chance to play on the Varsity A team in the coming years. They compete against not only other Junior Varsity teams in the area, but many Varsity teams as well.
In addition to regular season matches, the Varsity A team also competes in the Private School League Championships, the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Tournament, and the Sectional tournament. In recent years, at least one Laurel representative usually qualifies for the District and then the State tournament in Columbus.
Tennis at the Laurel Upper School is great for girls; from the most beginner to the most advanced who are looking to improve their skills, forge great friendships, and enjoy a lot of winning!
About the coach... Walt Oden is a certified (P-1) professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). He is currently a professional at the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club and the Varsity Coach for Laurel School. During the last 13 years in the profession, Walt has worked at many of Northeast Ohio’s premiere tennis and sports clubs.
During Walt’s rookie coaching season, Laurel School succeeded in winning the Independent Schools League title. In addition to their 11 dual match victories, the Gator’s finished in the Final 4 of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Team Tournament. Laurel also boasted a Sectional Champion and Runner-up on the way to qualifying a doubles team for the State Tournament at Ohio State University.
Walt spent 7 years as Varsity Coach of Hudson High School Boy’s Tennis. During that time, he amassed 75 wins with 7 conference titles. Twice Hudson High has finished in the ELITE 8 in the OTCA State Team Tournament. Walt has also been a volunteer coach at Cleveland State University. Walt was the Administrator and Head Coach of the USTA’s Competition Training Center (CTC) for 5 years. The CTC is the local arm of the USTA’s High Performance Coaching program. Walt continues to coach a number of Northeastern Ohio’s top ranked juniors.
Walt has also been a constant volunteer for Northeastern Ohio tennis. He was President of the USPTA (Northern Ohio) for 6 years. In addition, he has been the Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee for the Northeastern Ohio Tennis Association (NEOTA). For his years of service, Walt received the 1997 USPTA Midwest Rookie of the Year Award as well as the 2003 and 2000 USPTA Ohio Professional of the Year. The NEOTA has also awarded him the Herb Nold Volunteer of the Year Award. Also in 2003, Walt won the National USPTA Seminar Contest for his presentation on Right Brain and Left Brain dominance. He was invited back to the 2004 National USPTA World Conference as a scheduled speaker. Walt’s presentation on brain dominance is currently being offered by the USPTA on CD.
Walt is most proud of his conversion of hundreds of USA Tennis 123 players into successful USTA league participants and junior tournament players. Much of his grassroots efforts include working with Park and Recreation tennis programs. He currently directs the park and recreation tennis efforts for the City of Aurora and the Kenston School District.
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About the coach… David Stoehr grew up playing volleyball at Baldwin High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Men's Volleyball is a prominent Spring sport. During his Junior and Senior seasons the team qualified for the state tournament and finished 5th and 3rd respectively in the state of Pennsylvania. David is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where his play and love of the game of volleyball continued with the Men's Club team as a player/coach.
After graduation, David moved to Cleveland to begin his professional IT career with Progressive Insurance and is currently employed at Easy2 Technologies as Manager, Application Development. David continued playing in USVBA tournaments and local leagues with friends where he met the founders and current directors of the Eastside Cleveland Juniors USVBA Junior Olympic Club for which he has coached since 1999, predominately at the 17/18 age group. Junior Olympics provide an opportunity for talented players to refine their skills and compete at a National level so they can showcase their skills in hopes of playing on the collegiate level. David has worked with numerous Northeast Ohio high school players that have gone on to play volleyball at the collegiate level.
David and his coaching staff return to Laurel this Fall with a game plan to help continue the turnaround and add to the success the Laurel Volleyball program has experienced in recent years under his guidance and return it to its competitive roots. Laurel’s varsity team returns all six starters from last season, who all now have at least one season of varsity experience. That experience has fostered an understanding of what it takes to be competitive and the level of dedication it takes to remain at that competitive level. The Gators have high expectations for this season and will settle for nothing less.
David resides in Wickliffe, Ohio with his wife Daniele, son Gabriel and daughter Annabella.
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