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David Clarkson
Head Coach

Derek Kinsella
Assistant Coach

Derek grew up playing youth travel hockey in Toledo, OH. He was taught a tough, hard working version of the game by his father, who played in the OHL and later was drafted by, and played for, the Washington Capitals. Derek was a four year starter on the varsity team in high school, where he was named the team captain for my final two seasons. Derek began coaching in 2007 as the assistant varsity coach at St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo. This past season was his ninth year with that program, and during that time we won 5 division titles, 4 district championships, and the school’s first 2 state titles in Hockey (2011 & 2015). In April, he graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Master’s in orthotics and prosthetics. Derek and his family moved to Columbus where he is completing a two year residency. He currently lives in Lancaster with his wife, Laura, and two young daughters, Sophia and Clara.


Brett Howden
Assistant Coach

This season represents Brett’s first with the Upper Arlington hockey program. Brett is originally from a small town in Ontario, Canada and grew up playing the game at a high level. Brett’s playing career included a season of major junior hockey (OHL) with the Owen Sound Attack in 2003 and a provincial junior B championship with the Thorold Blackhawks in 2005. Prior to moving to Columbus in 2015, Brett coached three (3) years of AAA hockey in Hamilton, Ontario – focusing his teaching and development on the finer points of the defensive side of the game.

Brett is a finance professional who is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Capital University. He resides in Upper Arlington with his wife, Alyssa.

Hamish Baird
Assistant Coach
Hamish graduated from Upper Arlington High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. He then obtained a master’s degree in business administration from Capital University. Hamish began his hockey career in the CAHA house league, played for the Columbus Capitals, UA high school and Division 3 Skidmore Thoroughbreds. Hamish currently works for a small company in pharmaceutical research and development. He lives in UA with his wife, Laura, and his three children, Devon, Braden and Sophie.


Stephen Stern
Assistant JV Coach

Assistant Coach, Stephen Stern, is returning for his 3rd year with the Golden Bear’s hockey program. He has been a volunteer coach for the past two seasons. Coach Stern in addition to being a coach is a chemistry teacher at UAHS.  This is his 19th year at UAHS and his 26th as an educator. Coach Stern has been coaching youth sports in various roles since 1987.

He is a proud graduate of the University of California, Irvine.