Elder High School is pleased to announce Tim Gruber as the school’s next head varsity lacrosse coach. Gruber is a 2011 graduate of Elder and a 2015 graduate of Hanover College in Indiana where he excelled as a four-year varsity letterman under U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame coach Skip Lichtfuss. Following college, Gruber has been coaching with the Cincinnati Royals Lacrosse Club, the Panther Youth Lacrosse program, and as an assistant at Elder High School in 2016.
Coach Gruber was introduced to players in Elder’s lacrosse program during a meeting on October 13. Said Elder’s athletic director Kevin Espelage, “I could not be more excited for Elder High School and our lacrosse program. Heading into our twelfth season of play, the second of which as an officially recognized sport of the OHSAA, I believe we have hired an individual that will keep our program heading in the same upward trajectory that is being seen in the sport around the city and state.”
Gruber takes over the reins of a program where student-athletes have excelled in a strong, service-oriented program constructed under the direction of former head coach Tom Nugent. “Having played for Coach Nugent while at Elder, I am looking forward to continuing to instill these same values and life experiences for the young men in the program. I am excited to be back with the Elder community and very eager to get started.”
Espelage added, “Elder’s athletic program is committed to teaching our young men the appreciation of God gracing them with talents on the fields, in the classrooms, and in their communities. We are confident in Coach Gruber’s abilities to promote these lessons in his new position as our head coach.”