The Ohio Machine welcomes back assistant coaches P.J. Kavanagh and Bill Wolford for the 2013 season, which begins in less than two months when the Machine opens up at home on May 4 against the Denver Outlaws.
“It is terrific that both PJ and Bill have agreed to return as my assistants for the upcoming 2013 season. Their knowledge of the game and ability to work with and coach professional lacrosse players is second to none,” said Machine Head Coach Ted Garber. “The progress that our team was able to achieve as an expansion team last summer was a direct result of their genuine, determined efforts along with the positive relationships that both PJ and Bill cultivated amongst the team members. I am fully expecting great things from the team this summer, and without a doubt my two assistants will play a big part of that success.”
Kavanagh joins the Machine with more than 15 years of coaching experience, including his current head coach tenure at the University of Mount Union. Kavanagh is Mount Union’s first ever head coach for the men’s lacrosse team, who is currently in its first season as a varsity sport. Prior to Mount Union, Kavanagh spent seven seasons with SUNY-Plattsburgh in New York as an assistant coach and head coach. During his five seasons as head coach, Kavanagh posted a 47-34 mark including the three best seasons in team history. Kavanagh also served as an assistant coach for the Bridgeport Barrage during the MLL’s inaugural season and has coached at two New England prep schools, as well as his prep alma mater of Henninger High School in Syracuse, NY.
Wolford, a Columbus, OH, native and a graduate of The Ohio State University, is currently director of Max Elite Lacrosse and co-director of the Max Elite 100 Lacrosse Camp, as well as assistant coach of the girl’s lacrosse team at Worthington Kilbourne High School. Wolford has coached boys’ and girls’ lacrosse for more than 20 years, including head coaching positions at Upper Arlington High School (1987-1991), Worthington Kilbourne High School (1992-2006) and for the 2003 Korean U-19 National Team. He has coached in three state championship games and has won more than 230 games as head coach.