Expansion Ohio Machine Names Garber Coach, Announces Home Venue
from press release
The Ohio Machine, which begins its inaugural season as part of Major League Lacrosse in May 2012, announced Ted Garber as its head coach and Ohio Wesleyan University's Selby Stadium as its home for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The Machine also released season ticket sales information.
The Machine's new home at Selby Stadium seats approximately 9,100 and is an OmniGrass artificial playing surface. Selby Stadium most recently underwent a restoration project that included a new, two-level press box, new bleacher seats and refurbished locker rooms, as well as a state of the art video board and sound system.
"We're very excited to call Selby Stadium at Ohio Wesleyan University our home," said Machine President and General Manager John Algie. "The facilities here are first-rate and we are looking forward to providing our fans with an unforgettable game-day experience."
As head coach, Ted Garber will be responsible for selection and management of the Machine players who will play in the MLL's 2012 season with fellow newcomers the Charlotte Hounds and the six returning teams.
Garber's professional coaching experience dates back to the creation of MLL, where he was a head coach during the 2000 MLL Summer Showcase Tour. Garber was also head coach of the then Bridgeport Barrage for the MLL's inaugural season in 2001. Garber's professional career also includes stints as an assistant coach in Boston, Chicago and Rochester. Garber was let go as a Rattlers assistant this season in the transition from former coach B.J. O'Hara to current coach Tim Soudan. In 2008, Garber reached a milestone and was recognized by U.S. Lacrosse for his 200th career victory.
"Ted has been a Major League Lacrosse coach from minute one of the league's existence," said Algie. "He is one of the great pioneers of our sport with a tremendous lacrosse-IQ. His ability to identify and develop talented players will be invaluable to us as we begin to shape our identity on and off the field."
Prior to joining the MLL, Garber coached at University of New Hampshire for 13 seasons and led the team to five Northeast Championships. He also led UNH to its first and only Division-I NCAA tournament game. Garber was named New England Coach of the Year in 1986 and was also the recipient of the Vincent Lobello New England Sportsmanship Award for Coaching.
"I'm looking forward to being a part of the Ohio Machine's inaugural season," Garber said. "I'm also looking forward to building a team from the ground up – a team that can be one of the top teams in the 2012 MLL season and make a run for the Championship at the end."
In 1991, Garber followed his father – legendary lacrosse coach Dick Garber – as head coach at the University of Massachusetts. In his four seasons with UM, Garber compiled a 37-17 record and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Garber's winning percentage (.685) is tops in school history.
In addition to his MLL and collegiate experience, Garber has spent more than 15 years coaching at the high school level, where he has won numerous Western New England titles and Founder's League Championships. Garber played college lacrosse at UNH and graduated in 1975. He was the team's leading scorer from 1971-1975 and captained during his senior season. He was selected for both the All-New England Team and the East-West New England All-Star Game. Coach Garber was inducted into the University of New Hampshire Hall of Fame in 2006.
Garber is currently the Varsity Lacrosse Coach and an Admissions Affiliate at the renowned Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut, as well as an active regional and national lacrosse clinician and speaker.
Season tickets for the 2012 season at Selby Stadium can be reserved with a $20.12 deposit over the phone at (614) 754-1973 or online with more information available at theohiomachine.com. Season ticket prices will start at $100 each for the seven-game home season, which runs approximately May – August.
The Machine and the Hounds will vie for either the first or second overall pick in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft and the first or the second overall pick in the upcoming Player Allocation Draft. The draft orders will be decided by a coin-flip in the coming weeks.