Upper Arlington (Columbus, Ohio) head boys’ lacrosse coach Ted Wolford announced his retirement, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Wolford coached the Golden Bears for 25 years, winning 16 Division I Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) championships. He is the all-time wins leader in Ohio.
“It has been 25 years, and you have to walk away when things are on the right side,’’ he said. “You don’t want to be that guy who hangs on too long. I also look at it that somebody else should have an opportunity to experience what I have experienced. I’m still going to coach as an assistant or with a youth league, but not as a head coach.’’ Source: The Columbus Dispatch
Wolford started coaching the varsity team in 1992 and according to his profile on Upper Arlington’s website he was named Midwest Coach of the Year in 1993, 1998, 1999, and 2004. He was chosen as Ohio’s Coach of the Year in 1993, 1994, 1997, 2002, 2004 and 2005.
Among his many accomplishments, Wolford helped lead Upper Arlington to a 61-game winning streak from 1997 to 1992. That streak ranks in the Top 10 all-time nationally and is the best known winning streak in Ohio history. In 2000, Coach Wolford was honored at the National Coaches Convention with the Gerald J. Carroll Exemplary Coaching Award. In 2007, he was inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He was the fourth head coach in Upper Arlington’s 43 year history that dates back to the 1973 season.
Most recently, Upper Arlington defeated St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) 17-5 to win the Division I state championship.
Below is Coach Wolford’s career win-loss record by year that LaxRecords has been able to compile thus far. To help complete the year-by-year record, please send an email to Mike Loveday.