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Upper Arlington OH 43221

Dear Golden Bear Fans:

Welcome to the official web site for the Upper Arlington High School Athletic Program. I appreciate you visiting our site and sincerely thank our sponsors The Arlington Bank, The Ohio Orthopedic Center for Excellence, and Nicholson Builders. We have a very proud tradition of athletics at our high school and I hope you find this site to be very useful as you learn about our programs and traditions.

Athletic teams at Upper Arlington are consistently competitive on the conference, state and even the national level. The tradition of excellence associated with our athletic programs is due, in part, to the winning heritage which has been established over the last 80+ years. More importantly, the success of these programs can be measured by the preparation they have given student-athletes who, after graduation from Upper Arlington, go on to become organizational leaders, outstanding citizens and true team players among their professional peers.

Upper Arlington's strong winning tradition is alive and well today. Each season our teams compete at the highest lewvel and to date our athletic programs have won 126 State Championships and numerous conference titles as members of the Ohio Capital Conference.

I hope you enjoy your visit to our site and that your experience with Upper Arlington High School Athletics is a positive one. Each season our coaches and student athletes work extremely hard to represent our community and school district with pride, excitement, and sportsmanship. I encourage you to come to game and enjoy the Golden Bear experience. Thanks for your support and GO BEARS!


Michael Schaefer, CAA, AIC Jodi Palmer
Boys Athletic Director Girls Athletic Director
487-5240, ext 2016    487-5240, ext 2018

JODI PALMER, Athletic Director - Girls

Jodi Palmer is in her first year as the Girls Athletic Director for Upper Arlington High School. In addition to her Athletic Director duties, she will continue to serve as the district's K-12 Wellness Teacher Leader as well as UAHS Student Activities Coordinator.

Jodi grew up in Upper Arlington and graduated from UAHS in 1979. She graduated from The Ohio State University and received her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Master's Degree in Educational Administration. For the past 10 years Jodi has been teaching physical education and overseeing the district's K-12 Health and Physical Education programs.

Jodi resides in Upper Arlington with her husband (Bill- UAHS 1979, swimming) and has enjoyed watching their children, Darcey (2005- swimming), Emily (2007-track), and Cody (2011-soccer, volleyball) participate in UA athletics. Jodi has a long history with Upper Arlington athletics and is very thankful for the opportunity to return to the high school that has been such a positive influence on her life and the lives of her family.

Michael Schaefer is in his 5th year in Athletic Athletic Administration at Upper Arlington High School, overseeing one of the most comprehensive educational based high school athletic programs in the State of Ohio. He is currently responsible for the Boys athletic programs at Upper Arlington High School.

Michael is a 1996 graduate of Yorkville High School (Yorkville, Illinois). While in high school he earned seven varsity letters for the Fighting Foxes while participating in 3 sports (Football, Basketball, Baseball). Michael completed his bachelor's in education in 2000 and his master's in administration in 2001 at the University of Toledo. While in college, he played football for the Rockets. Michael started 36 games, and earned four letters while winning three MAC West championships (1997, 1998, 2000) with the Toledo Rockets from 1996-2000. As a senior he received ALL MAC (Mid American Conference) honors as an Offensive Lineman. He was also voted the teams IRON MAN award winner, which is presented to the hardest worker in the weight room. In 2000 Schaefer helped guide the Rockets to a 10-1 record and a No. 25 ranking in the final Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' polls. One of Toledo's 10 wins during the 2000 season was a season-opening road win at Penn State by a score of 24-6. The 2000 Toledo offense also set a school record for scoring offense, averaging 36.4 points per game, and allowed an NCAA Division I low 3 sacks all season.

After college, Schaefer played professionally for two seasons in the Arena Football League 2 for the Quad City Steamwheelers. During his time in Quad City he helped lead the Steamwheelers to Division Championships (2002, 2003) and was a Captain of the 2003 team that went 14-2 and won the National Conference Championship. Before joining the Upper Arlington family Michael taught and coached at Davenport North High School (Davenport, Iowa). Michael has been a varsity assistant football coach for 10 years, helping guide the Golden Bears to 5 OHSAA State Playoff appearances, and 2 OCC Championships. He also has coached baseball in the Upper Arlington system for 6 years, and was the head Varsity Baseball Coach during the 2005 season.

Michael also is involved in many areas of Upper Arlington City Schools. He has participated on district committees such as the PEP Grant Committee, and Curriculum Writing Teams. At UAHS he is served as the Wellness Department Head (2005-2012), Building Planning Committee, IBMYP Steering Committee, Master Schedule Building Team, and the Flex Credit Committee.

Michael is very active in the Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) administration. He is the liaison for OCC Boys Lacrosse, conducting preseason and post season awards meetings along with serving on the OCC Schedule Committee and directing the OCC Athletic Trainers.

Community involvement is very important to Michael. He is a board member for the Upper Arlington Swim Club (UASC) and a works with the board for the OHSLA (Ohio High School Lacrosse Association) based here in Central Ohio.

Michael resides with his wife, Kirsten (Yarletts), daughter Samantha (9 year old in 4th Grade at Tremont, and swimmer for UASC), son Bo (6 years old in Kindergarten at Tremont), and Emma (3 years old) in Upper Arlington. In addition to his athletic director duties, he teaches Health, Wellness, and Physical Education. Michael and Kirsten are members of Discover Christian Church and are very active in the children's ministry, Upward Basketball, Vacation Bible School, serve as faculty for Round Lake Christian Camp in the summers (Lakeville, OH), and participate in a small group bible study.

Jackie Brown, Athletic Department Secretary
Stephanie Cepec, Athletic Trainer
Ryan Weible, Athletic Trainer
Brian Coleman, UA Rotary Fitness Director
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