Vice President, Business Operations
Vice President & Head Coach
Bear Davis is currently the Vice President & Head Coach of the Ohio Machine. Davis, a Hilliard High School alum, joined the Machine on June 24, 2013 when he was named the second head coach in club history. He was promoted to his current role on August 20, 2014. In 2014, Davis has led the Machine to a 8-6 regular season record and guided the team to its first-ever playoff appearance. The Machine’s six game improvement over its 2013 record is tied for the largest single-season turnaround in Major League Lacrosse history.
Under Davis, the Machine posted the top-ranked offense in Major League Lacrosse in 2014. The team ended the regular season with five straight wins, which tied for the longest winning streak in MLL this season. On offense, the Machine boasted four players that scored 27 or more goals, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in the league since the 2004 season. Davis was the runner-up for the Brine Coach of the Year award this season.
Prior to joining the Machine full-time, Davis was the head boy’s lacrosse coach and associate athletic director at Archbishop Spalding High School (Md.). Davis took over at Archbishop Spalding after building the men’s lacrosse program at Robert Morris University over the span of seven seasons as the program’s first-ever head coach. Robert Morris led the NCAA in scoring offense for two straight seasons under Davis. Prior to Robert Morris, Davis helped start the Wheeling Jesuit men’s lacrosse program and guided the Cardinals to a No. 10 national ranking in 2003.
In addition to his responsibilities as head coach, Davis is instrumental in expanding the Machine’s ticket sales and community relations efforts.
Director, Public Relations & Operations
Noah Sharfman joined the Ohio Machine in January 2014 as the Director of Public Relations and Operations. Sharfman previously worked for the Orange Bowl Committee and the Orlando Magic.
With the Orange Bowl Committee, Sharfman oversaw the day-to-day public relations efforts for the Committee, serving as the primary media contact for the annual Discover Orange Bowl and the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game between Notre Dame and Alabama. Sharfman spearheaded the Committee’s community, entertainment and corporate outreach campaigns and wrote, edited and designed the Orange Bowl’s media guides, game programs and annual reports. Sharfman also served as producer of the weekly Inside the Orange Bowl television show.
Sharfman spent the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons in the Orlando Magic’s communications department, where he successfully promoted the 2010 and 2011 NBA Defensive Player of the Year as well as a number of Players of the Week, Players of the Month and Coach of the Month winners.
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Sharfman graduated from Boston University with a BS in Journalism. While at BU, Sharfman interned for Major League Lacrosse. He currently resides in Grandview.
Jesse Lawrence returned to the Ohio Machine in February 2014 as an account executive. As an account executive, Lawrence handles group and season ticket sales. Lawrence’s responsibilities include making outbound service calls, researching and inputting lead contact data. He also helps plan and attends community events on behalf of the Machine.
Lawrence previously had interned in the Machine’s ticket sales department during 2012. He returned to lacrosse after spending time in the MLS with the Columbus Crew as an inside sales representative. Also while with The Crew, Lawrence helped coached an Ohio Wesleyan varsity lacrosse team to their first NCAC championship.
Lawrence graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. While at OWU, Lawrence was a four-year member of the Battling Bishop’s lacrosse team and an All-Conference selection.
Colby Richards came to the Machine in June 2013 as an Account Executive. As an account executive, Richards handles group and season ticket sales. Richard's responsibilities include making outbound service calls, researching and inputting lead contact data. He also helps plan and attends community events on behalf of the Machine.
Before joining the Machine, Richards was with Kurtz Brothers Central Ohio on the sales staff from October 2010 to November 2012. As a part of Kurtz Brothers, he began in Customer Service and quickly moved his way up to Outside Sales Representative. As a part of the sales staff he was able to help improve sales numbers from the previous year. Richards' other duties included managing the Dublin sales office and help with continued training of new employees working in the Customer Service Department.
Richards, who currently resides in Upper Arlington, attended The Ohio State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Sports and Leisure Studies with a focus on Sports Leadership and Humanities. Also while in school, Richards interned at Hilliard Davidson High School under the Athletic Director helping with game day operations.