Lakeland home page
  Select a Sport  Lakeland Lakers AthleticsAthletics Home Page  
 Women Sports

 Men Sports

  Upcoming Game Schedule
  Become a Laker!
  View Coach's Bios
  Laker Athletics Hall of Fame

 Scott Barlow
 Athletic Director
 Telephone Number

 Patrick Gordon
 Assistant Athletic Director
 Telephone Number

 Jeanne Sudyk
 Senior Secretary for Athletics
 Telephone Number

 FAX Number
 Telephone Number
 Shannon Lee  McBride - Lakeland Student
 & Student Athlete
Amanda Blazetic, Head Coach | Women's Basketball
Phone: 440.725.7477

Amanda Blazetic will begin her first year as the head coach of the Lakeland womenís basketball program in 2013, bringing with her years of successful playing and coaching experience. Most recently, she served as the assistant coach under head coach Terry Bowe during the 2012-13 season.

Blazetic has been an area coach since 2007, when she served as an assistant coach with the girlís varsity team at Girlmour Academy. In 2008, she landed a head coaching position with the Cleveland Heights girlís JV program before being named varsity girlís coach at Streetsboro a year later. Most recently, Blazetic was the freshman head coach and varsity assistant with the Cleveland Heights boysí basketball program.

The Eastlake North High School graduate was a three-year starter (2002-05) and two-time All-American at nearby Notre Dame College where she currently holds the programís all-time scoring record. Blazetic also owns the school record for rebounds per game (7.4) and field goal percentage (60%) over her career. In three years, the standout forward scored 1,600 points and pulled in 667 rebounds.

Blazetic graduated from Notre Dame with dual degrees in Special Education and Business Management. She also holds a pair of masterís degrees, one in Special Education from NDC and another in Business Administraton from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Child Psychology from Case Western Reserve University.

Blazetic resides in Euclid and currently works as a special education teacher at Cleveland Heights High School.

Bobby Cala, Head Coach | Men's Golf
Phone: 440.525.7849

Coach Cala began coaching at Lakeland Community College in the fall of 2004. Coach Calaís teams have been solid performers in league competition, including a first place finish in 2006, when he was named the OCCAC Coach of the Year. He is the teaching professional at Quail Hollow Resort, in Concord Township, a position he has held since 1991. Previously, he was the head professional at Pine Ridge Country Club in Wickliffe. The golf teamís annual spring trip to South Carolina allows the team to play on some of the southeastís finest courses. Their stay at Hickory Knob is a seasonal highlight, and it always includes a side trip to the Augusta National Golf Course.

 Chris Ulrich, Assistant Coach | Men's Basketball
Phone: 440.525.7845

Chris Ulrich joined the Lakeland coaching staff during the 1998-99 campaign. Coach Ulrich is responsible for formulating scouting reports, breaking down game film, coordinating travel arrangements and working with the post players. Ulrich is a 1992 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College with a Bachelorís Degree in business administration. He was a four year letter winner for the Yellow Jackets, and served as team captain his senior season. Ulrich was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Strong Vincent High School. He is currently a Customer Service Manager for Stahls' Transfer Express. Coach Ulrich resides in Mentor with his wife Dawn.

Djuro Peric, Head Coach | Men
Phone: 440.525.7847 | 216.375.2587
E-mail: |

The 2013 season marks the 26th year of Lakeland menís soccer under the direction of head coach Djuro Peric. Peric, the longest tenured head coach in the history of Lakeland Community College athletics and just the second head coach of the menís soccer program, is currently 12th in the nation in wins among active coaches. Over the past 25 years, Peric has guided the Lakers to seven Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) championships and been named OCCAC Coach of the Year six times. Seven of his players have earned All-America honors from the NJCAA while six others were selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). .

No stranger to Lakeland athletics, his time in Kirtland began in 1972 as a member of the menís soccer team. He earned team and conference Most Valuable Player honors as a freshman and was voted as the teamís best forward one year later. In his two years as a Laker, he was unanimously voted team captain by his teammates while leading the team in scoring both years. At that time, he was ranked sixth on the all-time scoring list. Peric was selected as the Best Forward at the inaugural Lakeland Invitational in 1972 after amassing nine points on three goals and three assists in two games. That record stood for four years until All-American George Attoh broke it in 1976.

At the conclusion of his playing career, Peric transitioned into coaching. He served as an assistant under Mario Marcopoli before taking the reigns as the head coach in 1988. Since then, the Lakers have posted a 251-202-30 record. He attributes much of his success to Coach Marcopoli. ďEverything I did and everything I made, including graduating from Lakeland, I owe to Mr. Marcopoli,Ē said Peric, ďHe was truly the best mentor I could have had.Ē

In addition to countless all-conference and all-region selections, Peric has coached 17 academic All-Americans at LCC. He currently holds a USSF ďBĒ license and is a member of the NSCAA. He is also involved in the Croatian Community, most notably, the Croatian School for Language and Culture where he served as President for more than a decade. He has three daughters, Georgian, Tina, and Annie, with his late wife Angela. Tina and Annie were Lakeland graduates in 2001 and 2002, respectively.

Earl Ingram III, Assistant Coach | Men's Basketball

Earl Ingram enters his first season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Lakeland menís basketball program, bringing along collegiate and professional playing experience. Ingram played one season at Columbus State, a fellow Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) and NJCAA Division II member school, before moving on to NCAA-Division III Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan.

In his lone season with Columbus State, Ingram helped the Cougars to a district final (2003) while leading the team in field goal percentage. He was a two-year letterman at Adrian College, playing on a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAA) runner-up team in 2004.

Ingram earned professional tryouts with the Ohio Aviators and Indiana Alleycats of the American Basketball Association (ABA) in 2005, the Albequerque Thunderbirds of the NBA D-League in 2005, and abroad in Bayreuth, Germany in 2006. He played two seasons with the Cuyahoga Falls Cuogars/Akron Energy of the IBL from 2006 to 2007.

The Lima, Ohio native earned an Associate degree from Columbus State and graduated from Adrian with a Bachelorís degree. Ingram will work primarily with the post players at Lakeland. He currently is employed with the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland.

Greg Gerland, Assistant Coach | Baseball
Phone: 440.525.7845

The 2014 season marks Greg Gerlandís tenth year on the Lakeland coaching staff. Since 2005, Gerland has helped the Lakers claim four Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) championships while serving as the pitching coach. In 2013, Gerlandís staff posted a conference-best 4.65 ERA to help Lakeland claim a share of the regular season title. Freshman Brandon Easton was named OCCAC Pitcher of the Year at seasonís end before being selected in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Minnesota Twins organization.

A Euclid High School graduate, Gerland played collegiate baseball at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. In his three years with the Bulldogs, Gerland went 24-11 from the mound and helped the Bulldogs claim three conference championships (1992, 1994, 1995). CU also made two trips to the NAIA World Series where it finished as national runner-up in 1994 and third in 1995. He is tied for fifth in school history in career wins with 24 in three seasons and holds the single-season shutout record with four as a senior. He ranks eighth in career strikeouts (171) and fifth in innings pitched (235.2) in his three years with the program.

Upon graduating from Cumberland with a bachelorís degree in education he spent one year with the Atlanta Braves organization during the 1995-96 season.

Gerland, a Corporate Sales Auditor for Progressive Insurance, currently resides in Euclid.

Howie Krause, Head Coach | Baseball
Phone: 440.840.1697

The 2014 season marks Coach Krauseís 13th year leading the Lakeland baseball program. A three-time Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) coach of the year (2004, 2005, 2013), Krause has guided the Lakers to five conference championships since taking the head coaching reigns in 2002. Additionally, five student-athletes have earned All-American honors from the NJCAA including a pair of first team selections during his tenure. Prior to his appointment he spent one year as an assistant with the program under Chris Mongiardo.

In 2013, the Lakers claimed the collegeís first conference title since 2008 and earned an automatic bid to the Region XII tournament as the top seed from in the south district. Lakeland swept the OCCAC postseason awards including the Coach, Player (Wil Shortreed), and Pitcher (Brandon Easton) of the Year. Three members of that team were also named to the OCCAC All-Academic Team for earning a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.

An Eastlake North High School graduate, Krause played under head coach Spark Sankal. He played collegiate baseball at Florida Southern where he helped the Moccasins win the 1995 NCAA Division II National Championship. He also helped FSC finish as the national runner-up in 1994. Following his collegiate career, Krause spent two seasons in the minor leagues with the New York Mets and Minnesota Twins organizations.

His biggest success has been placing his players into high profile four-year programs when their time at Lakeland is finished. He and his wife Colleen reside in Concord Township.

Conference Championships: Five
2005 [fall]
2006 [fall]
2008 [fall]

All-Americans: Five
Aaron Cone, First Team, 2003
Chris Steinborn, First Team, 2002
Wil Shortreed, Second Team, 2013
Kyle Shaffer, Third Team, 2008
Brad Coon, Third Team, 2003

Jeff Morganti, Head Coach | Softball
Phone: 440.487.9443
E-mail: |

The Lakeland Community College athletic department has announced the hiring of Jeff Morganti to the position of head softball coach. Morganti brings with him a wealth of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate level. He has coached softball for the past ten years and spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at nearby Lake Erie College.

In his two years with the Storm, four student-athletes earned honorable mention all-conference accolades from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), one of the premier NCAA Division II conferences in the nation. Additionally, ten were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team for carrying a cumulative GPA of 3.0-3.49 and eight more earned GLIAC Academic Excellence Team selections for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater.

Prior to his tenure in Painesville, Morganti spent eight seasons leading a pair of high school varsity programs. From 2003-2009 he was the head coach at Eastlake North High School where he led the Rangers to three conference titles and the first district title and regional appearance in program history. He was named News-Herald and Plain-Dealer coach of the year in 2003 and 2008 after guiding Eastlake North to Premier Athletic Conference (PAC) championships. In his seven years at the helm the Rangers amassed 125 wins and boasted 20 First Team All-Conference players. He then spent a year as the head varsity coach at West Geauga High School before accepting the position with Lake Erie College.

Morganti becomes the fifth coach in the 27-year history of Lakeland softball and will inherit one of the strongest offensive lineups in the region. Last year, the Lakers finished ninth in the nation (NJCAA Division II) in homeruns with 48 despite playing at least five fewer games than every other team in the top-10. Lakeland went 22-18, finished third in the OCCAC, and advanced to the semifinals of the Region 12, District H tournament.

The Kirtland, Ohio native is a cum laude graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Mass-Media Communication. He went on to earn a teaching certificate in special education and a Masterís in Communication from Cleveland State University. He has been employed as an intervention specialist with the Willoughby-Eastlake school district since 1996. A member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (OHSFSCA), Morganti resides in Mentor with his wife, Deanna.

Kara Fitzgerald, Assistant Coach | Softball

Kara Fitzgerald enters her first season as a member of the Lakeland softball coaching staff after spending the previous two seasons as a starting pitcher for the Lakers.

In her two years with the program, Fitzgerald amassed 15 wins and 78 strikeouts with over 200 innings pitched. As a sophomore, the right-hander hurled 16 complete games and was named to the District H All-Tournament Team after helping Lakeland stave off elimination with a complete-game victory against Macomb. In her first collegiate season, the Willowick native led Lakeland in innings pitched, wins, strikeouts, and earned run average.

Fitzgerald played for Coach Morganti at Eastlake North High School from 2009-11 where she earned Second Team All-Conference honors as a senior.

Ornette Gardenhire, Assistant Coach | Men's Basketball
Phone: 440.525.7846

The 2012-13 season marks Ornette Gardenhireís fifth as an assistant coach with the Lakeland menís basketball program. Since his arrival, the Lakers have increased their win total each season and have won a pair of Region 12, District 11 championships for the first time in school history.

In Gardenhireís third season, Lakeland earned the programís first district title and NJCAA Division II National Tournament appearance, ultimately finishing eighth. Last year, Gardenhire helped the Lakers repeat as district champions and advance to the Final Four before falling to eventual national champion Mott CC in the national semifinals.

No stranger to NJCAA menís basketball or the national tournament, Gardenhire was an assistant at nearby Cuyahoga Community College in 2003-04 when the Challengers won a national championship. He helped Cuyahoga repeat as district champions one year later and advance to the NJCAA Final Four. Gardenhire assumed head coaching responsibilities for the 2007-08 season, guiding his team to a 21-9 overall record and 12-4 mark in OCCAC competition. The following season he transitioned to Lakeland to work alongside head coach Terry Bowe.

Gardenhire was a four year college starter, playing two years at Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pa. before playing his final two seasons at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, N.J. He and his wife, Debra, have five children.

Osborne Gardner, Assistant Coach | Men's Basketball

Osborne Gardner begins his first season as an assistant coach with the menís basketball program and brings with him a wealth of collegiate and professional playing experience. Gardner is no stranger to Lakeland, having played two years as a part of Terry Boweís first recruiting class from 2003-05.

Gardner led the Lakers in scoring (16.6 ppg), rebounding (7.9 rpg), and field goal percentage (58.6) as a freshman forward. As a sophomore, his output in all three statistical categories increased. Gardner ranked second in the OCCAC and seventh regionally in scoring (19 ppg) and rebounding (9.2 rpg) while shooting 63% from the floor.

His playing career continued at California University of Pennsylvania (NCAA Div. II) where he played in 58 games and helped the Vulcans go 41-18 during his two years. As a senior, Gardner earned First Team All-Conference honors after helping the Vulcans (24-7) secure an NCAA Tournament berth and PSAC West title.

Gardner earned a tryout with the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA following after college before ultimately joining the Air Force Reserves. His playing career continued with USA Basketball, where he traveled nationally and abroad from 2009-11.

At Lakeland, Gardner will work primarily with the post players.

 Russ Miozzi, Head Coach | Women's Volleyball

Russ Miozzi enters his first year as the head coach of the Lakeland womenís volleyball program after spending the 2012 season as an assistant coach with the Lakers. Miozziís coaching career began at the CYO and middle school level where he led squads at Immaculate Conception School in Willoughby and Notre Dame Cathedral Latin in Chardon.

He has spent the past ten years coaching Junior Olympic Volleyball at the National Open level, helping a number of teams qualify for the national tournament.

Miozzi led an 18-year old team to the Junior National Championship in Atlanta, Georgia where they finished as the 16th-ranked team in the country. He also founded and directed a team from 2005-08 before merging with Eastside Volleyball Club in 2009, when he served as a co-director.

Shelley Monas, Assistant Coach | Softball

Shelley Monas brings over three decades of coaching and administrative experience to the Lakeland softball program in her first season as an assistant coach. Monasí coaching career includes stints at Mercyhurst College (NCAA Division II) and Allegheny College (NCAA Division III) as well as numerous high school programs.

Her career began at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she helped guide the softball program to four consecutive Keystone Conference championships from 1979-83 and posted the only undefeated season in school history. In 1985, she was named head varsity softball coach at Northwestern High School in nearby Albion, Pennsylvania. In her five years at Northwestern, Monas led the program to the quarterfinals of the state tournament and the first undefeated season in Erie County League history. She earned Erie County League Coach of the Year honors that same season.

She returned to the collegiate ranks in 1990 after being named head softball coach at Allegheny College. In short time, Monas re-established Allegheny as a national contender. She helped guide the Gators to an NCAA Regional Championship in 1993 en route to National and Regional Coach of the Year honors from the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA). While at Allegheny, she also served as a member of the NCAA Division III All-American selection committee.

Monas spent the subsequent seven years as athletic director at Seton School in Meadville, Pennsylvania where she was responsible for the leadership and direction of the entire athletic program.

She returned to coaching at Meadville High School where she led the varsity program to the quarterfinals of the state tournament, six straight Crawford County Conference championships, and a District X championship from 1997-2002. In 2003 she took over at Edgewood High School in Ashtabula. Monas helped the Warriors advance to the OHSAA State semifinals in 2006 and claim seven consecutive Northeastern Conference (NEC) championships from 2003-09. Monas was a six-time Coach of the Year selection by the Star-Beacon during that span, which included seven sectional championships and six appearances in the district finals.

Currently, Monas works at Perry High School where she serves as an online health teacher and faculty manager. She is also a staff member at the Perry Community Fitness Center. She resides in Perry with her husband, John. Their son, Kent, attended Cleveland State University where he was four-year member of the Vikingsí golf team.

Terry Bowe, Head Coach | Men's Basketball
Phone: 440.525.7846

Terry Bowe enters his 13th season associated with the Lakeland menís basketball program and his 10th as the head coach. Since his arrival, Lakeland has achieved unprecedented success, winning the programís first two District Championships in 2011 and 2012. Individual and team successes have come hand-in-hand under Bowe, as Lakeland is one of just two schools in the nation (NJCAA Div. II) to boast First Team All-Americans in 2011 and 2012 (Ray Chambers and Brendan Cooper).

Boweís tenure with the Lakers began in 1999 as an assistant under Willis Brown. The Cleveland native took the reins as head coach in 2004 and led the Lakers to a 29-32 record through his first two years. The Lakers would go 38-10 from 2005-07 but remained at or near the .500 mark from 2007-09. The 2009-10 season saw the Lakers make the jump by posting a 19-12 record and finishing second in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC). Bowe was named OCCAC Coach of the Year following the season.

The 2010-11 season was a historical one, as Bowe and the Lakers went 24-12 en route to their first District Championship in program history. Lakeland advanced to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament where it finished eighth in the country.

Last year, Lakeland repeated as District Champions and once again advanced to the National Tournament. The Lakers won their first two games to advance to the Final Four before falling to eventual national champion Mott CC in the national semifinals. Lakeland finished the year with a 27-9 overall record, good for the most wins since the 1991-92 season.

Bowe leads the OCCAC in wins among active coaches and currently ranks second in school history with 166 victories. His playing career began at nearby Benedictine High School where he led the Bengals to a pair of regional and district finals. He went on to play four years at NCAA Division III Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Bowe holds a Bachelorís Degree in Applied Communications and Human Resources from Baldwin-Wallace. He also earned a masterís degree in Applied Communications and Methodology from Cleveland State University and a masterís degree in Human Resources Management from Capella University.

He and his wife, Monica, live in Macedonia with their young daughter Kaia and the blessed memory of their son, TJ.

Zachary Underwood, Assistant Coach | Men's Golf

» top

Copyright © 2016 Lakeland Lakers Athletics. All rights reserved.