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Hilliard Optimist Club Youth Sports


The Hilliard Predators were formed in 2015 and will be entering their 4th season.  The travel club is for 5th and 6th grade boys, as well as advanced 4th graders that want to excel in lacrosse.  With an emphasis on fundamentals, discipline, and strategy, the Hilliard Predators ensure that their players leave the program ready to lead their middle school programs to success.  

The Predators are led by Coach Dave Ames who founded the program with an eye on building Hilliard into a respectable lacrosse community from the ground up.  Ames was the associate Head Coach at Dublin Jerome High School for 11 years. During that time, Jerome went to 7 state championships, winning 3 of them.  He has won 2 US Lacrosse Boy's High School Assistant Coach of the Year awards (2010 & 2012) and has sent dozens of athletes to play Division 1, 2, & 3 lacrosse. Dave is currently the Director of Operations for BlackJack Elite Lacrosse, a summer club 

In 2018, the Hilliard Predators were undefeated winning the "A" Bracket division at the Resolute Shootout and the Ohio Lacrosse Championship at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Sports Complex in Akron.  Attending at multiple tournaments each year with a competitive game schedule, the Predators are a force in Central Ohio.  The roster of ~22 players spend 2-3 days a week in the winter sharpening their stick skills and offensive & defensive concepts. The team is focused on giving back to the community and participates in charitable events to support the community. 

Dave Ames, Head Coach - [email protected] 



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Hilliard Optimst Club Youth Sports

P O Box 113 
Hilliard, Ohio 43026

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