Future Big Ten foes to meet in game televised by ESPNU
Squad will take on JU Dolphins Sunday at EverBank Field, live on NBC Sports
Jamison Koesterer spent four seasons on the Ohio State men's lacrosse staff (2013-16). A two-time NCAA champion at Johns Hopkins, he spent two seasons as the volunteer coach of his alma mater before joining the Ohio State program.
In 2013, his first season with the squad, Koesterer guided Buckeye faceoff specialist Trey Wilkes to Second Team All-ECAC honors after he won a league-best 58 percent of his faceoffs, ranking 13th nationally. The Buckeyes won the ECAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. In 2014 the Buckeyes shared the ECAC regular-season title and freshman faceoff specialist Jake Withers was second in the conference in faceoff winning percentage and groundballs per game, earning ECAC All-Rookie Team honors. In 2015, when the Buckeyes reached the NCAA quarterfinals, Christopher May was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten pick and ranked in the Top 11 in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage and groundballs per game. In 2016 Withers was tabbed the Big Ten Specialist of the Year and was a First Team All-B1G selection. He was sixth in the NCAA in groundballs per game (7.33 - the most for a Buckeye since at least 2001) and was 12th nationally in faceoff winning percentage (.607), leading the conference in both categories.
Koesterer was on the Blue Jays' staff for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns and directed the faceoff personnel. The team made the NCAA tournament each of his two years, with an 11-3 overall record and No. 2 tournament seed in 2012. His faceoff staff won 58 percent of its draws in 2012 and ranked fourth nationally (.649) in 2011, with Matt Dolente second in the nation in winning percentage (.667) en route to picking up first team All-America accolades.
Prior to joining the JHU staff on the sideline, Koesterer worked for walax.com in Seattle, serving as the director of operations. The organization is the largest content site for northwest lacrosse and home to the Seattle Starz lacrosse program. While an undergraduate, he spent two summers coaching at All-American Lacrosse Camps in Colgate, N.Y.
On the field, Koesterer was a part of the Blue Jays' 2005 and 2007 NCAA championship squads. He won 55.3 percent (176-of-318) of his faceoffs during his career, with 101 groundballs, along with seven goals and 12 assists. He claimed the 2010 NLL Championship with the Washington Stealth after playing with the Portland Lumberjax in 2009. With the Stealth, Koesterer won 265-of-446 (.594) faceoffs and collected 101 loose balls.
A native of Cazenovia, N.Y., Koesterer earned his bachelor's degree in political science, with concentrations in business management and marketing, in 2007.
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