|Judy Sargent, Head Coach | Softball|
Coach Sargent became the head coach of the Lady Lakers in 2005 and is returning for her 8th year at the helm of the fastpitch program this season. In 2009, she surpassed the 100-win mark as a college coach in just her fifth year at Lakeland. A three-time Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) coach of the year, Sargent guided Lakeland to a share of the title in 2011. In July, she was selected to coach high school all-stars in New York City by Triple Crown Sports, which venues high school athletes from throughout the United States and Canada.
Sargent has been involved with softball, either playing or coaching, in excess of 45 years. She played at Kent State University where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Education Degrees. She served in an assistant capacity there and was also the former Head Coach at Lake Erie College in nearby Painesville, Ohio. After her academic play was completed, she participated on several different teams that won state championships and qualified for the national tournament. Currently, Sargent is involved on the Northeastern Ohio team that recently qualified for the National Senior Olympics and will compete in Cleveland in August 2013. Women from around the country will strap on their cleats for the tournament.
Sargent is also no stranger to Lakeland academics. She has been on the faculty at Lakeland for the past 18 years, teaching health and safety classes. Coach Sargent resides in Lake County with her extremely understanding and supportive husband, Don. She is the mother of one son, Travis, an undergraduate of Bowling Green State University and MBA graduate of Lake Erie College.
|Frank Caraballo, Assistant Coach | Softball|
Frank Caraballo returns to the Lakeland softball program after head coaching stints at Twinsburg, Hudson, and Nordonia High Schools. Now in his third season with the Lakers, Caraballo will work with the offense.
Caraballo’s coaching career began at Solon High School where he served as head head coach of the JV program and as an assistant with the varsity from 1996-2004. In 2005 he came to Lakeland to work alongside Judy Sargent for two seasons, helping the Lakers finish with 31 wins in 2006 – the second most in program history.
After a year leading the varsity program at Twinsburg, he guided Hudson’s varsity team to a second place finish in the district for just the second time in school history. He has spent the past four years as at Nordonia, serving as assistant varsity coach (2009), head JV coach (2010), and head varsity coach (2011-12). He helped lead the Knights to a second place finish in the district in 2011 for the first time in program history.
|Jeff Loga, Pitching Coach | Softball|
Coach Loga joined the Lakeland coaching staff in the fall of 2008. Jeff’s concentration is in the pitching/catching arena. His focus is to read the offense early and call pitches accordingly. He has worked extensively in the Lake County area with young softball athletes. His daughter, Leah, is a pitcher for Lakeland and has been coached by her father for several years. Jeff works with the 18U travel club, the Hurricanes. He has trained some impressive athletes through this program. Coach Loga lives in Painesville Township with his wife, Amy and daughter, Leah.