The Commonwealth Kings Staff is composed of some of the area's top collegiate, high school, and middle school coaches who have excelled both in their playing days and on the sidelines. All share the common vision of growing the game in Central Kentucky and all are committed to seeing that happen.
Ben Schaefer earned 2 All-State selections at Tates Creek High School and was selected as a High School All-American his senior year. He went on to play at Division III Birmingham-Southern College, earning 2 First-Team All-Conference Selections. Ben also played a fifth year at Division I Jacksonville University. Ben has served as an assistant varsity coach for Tates Creek High School and is now the head coach of the Lexington Lizards MS program. He is also one of the co-founders of the Kings program.
Logan Otto was a dominant attackmen for Lexington Catholic High School. He garnered 3 All-State selections and is one of only 4 High School All-Americans selected from Lexington. Logan saw success in Missouri before his time in the Bluegrass, earning First Team All-Missouri and All-West Conference honors. Logan was the head coach for Scott County High School before accepting the position as assistant coach at his Alma Mater, Lexington Catholic High School. Logan also serves as an assistant coach for Division III Transylvania University. He is also one of the co-founders of the Kings program.
Terry Justice is a Lexington, KY native and has played a pivotal role in both the introduction of lacrosse to the area as well as the games growth over the years. Terry helped form the first men's lacrosse team at University of Kentucky as a player from 1979-83 and as a coach from 1984-2004. Terry also founded the first team at Lexington Catholic High School in 2004 where he compiled an overall record of 77-33. There Justice was named the Kentucky High School Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2005 and he also led the Knights to state runner-up performances in the KHSAA State Tournament in 2006 and 2008. Terry is now the current head coach at Division III Transylvania University where he has lead the Pioneers to a record of 16-12 since being named to the position in June of 2011.
Matt Campbell hails from Ontario, Canada and was a captain and star defenseman in high school for the national powerhouse Trinity-Pawling School. Matt would then go on to play for Division I Bellarmine University during his collegiate career. While there, he stared for the Knights and earned the Coaches Award and Captain honors during his senior year. Matt also has extensive box lacrosse knowledge and has earned numerous awards in his time spent playing the indoor game in Canada. Matt is currently the head coach for Lexington Catholic High School, offensive coach for the Kentucky Stickhorses, and defensive coach for the University of Kentucky.
Travis Simpson started playing lacrosse his junior year of high school, and was an All-State selection after his first season. He was also a part of the 2006 Division II State Championship team his junior year and helped lead Tates Creek to the State semifinals in 2007 during his senior year. Travis went on to play club lacrosse at Western Kentucky University (WKU) where he was a starting defenseman. He graduated from WKU with his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management with an emphasis in Facility & Event Management. He recently received his Masters in Sports Leadership at the University of Kentucky. Last season, Travis was a Assistant Coach for TCHS and he now coaches for Rising.
Dwight Hammons was born in Lexington and has been playing/coaching lacrosse for the past 13 years. He was on the original Lexington area team known as the Eagles. After the Eagles, Dwight played on Dunbar's inaugural team during his senior year and earned All-State honors as a long stick midfielder. He then played for the University of Kentucky Club team where he graduated college. After college, Dwight was given the opportunity to coach Sayre's Middle School team. He later took an assistant coaching position at Dunbar High School where he was recently promoted to head coach.
A Maryland native and Messiah College lacrosse alumni, Stewart has been involved in the game of lacrosse for nearly 20 years, including the two years as an assistant at Messiah. In his playing days for Messiah, Stewart was an All-MAC Conference goalie in 2010 as a captain, completing the season with a 5.6 GAA and a save percentage that ranked second-best in the nation (.689). Stewart led his team to a 21-13 record as a starter, as the Falcons advanced to the MAC Conference Tournament in both seasons. As an assistant coach, the Falcons went 13-15 in two seasons, including 8-8 in a competitive Commonwealth conference. Stewart served primarily as the defensive coordinator and goalie coach for the Falcons. Additionally, he was charged with running the Falcons' summer camps which brought in nearly 200 kids annually. Stewart recently accepted the Head Coach position at Asbury University after receiving his Master's of Arts in Collegiate Sports Administration (Higher Education) from Messiah in 2013. He also received his BA of Arts while majoring in Sport Management from Messiah in 2011.
Matthew Parker is currently playing lacrosse at Transylvania University as a close defenseman. After being named to the All-State team three years straight, named Academic All American and Champion All American his senior year, Matthew no doubt brings valuable experience to the staff as a new coach this year. Having won a state championship in high school and having been a part of numerous Kentucky travel teams, we are thrilled regarding the knowledge Matthew brings to our program.
Headley Vanmeter was a star attackman at the Sayre school and is now playing for Division III Birmingham Southern College. Vanmeter has played for the Bluegrass Bats in previous summers and is an assistant for the U13 Future team.