July 2, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jamison Koesterer, a two-time NCAA champion at Johns Hopkins who spent the last two seasons as the volunteer coach of his alma mater, has been named an assistant coach for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, Buckeye head coach Nick Myers announced Monday.
"We are excited to welcome Jamison Koesterer to the Buckeye Lacrosse Family,” Myers said. “He brings a contagious energy and passion to compete with him to Columbus. I know he will hit the ground running and make an immediate impact on our program."
Koesterer has been on the Blue Jays’ staff since September 2010 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.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to become a member of the Buckeye Family,” Koesterer said. “It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of what Coach Myers and his staff have built In Columbus. I look forward to meeting the players and continuing the traditions of the Ohio State men's lacrosse program."
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.
Koesterer replaces Andrew Baxter, who is leaving Columbus for other opportunities.
"Coach Baxter will be moving back east to be closer to family,” Myers said. “We certainly want to thank him for all he has contributed to Buckeye lacrosse over the past four years and wish him the best with his future endeavors."
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