COLUMBUS, Ohio – Andrew Vossler, who brings six years of collegiate coaching experience at all three NCAA levels, has been named Ohio State’s volunteer assistant coach, as announced today by head coach Nick Myers.
“We’re very excited to welcome Andrew and his wife Jess to Columbus,” said Myers. “Andrew has a wealth of experience working in the areas of defense and face-offs and I think he’ll impact us in a positive way from day one.”
Vossler replaces Justin Tuma, who was recently announced as an assistant coach at High Point. Tuma’s ascension continues a tradition of Buckeye assistants moving up in the coaching ranks. Notable volunteer assistants who are now either head coaches or full time assistants include Myers (head coach at Ohio State), Judd Hall (Lafayette), Kyle Turri (Hobart), Travis Crane (Ohio State), Tuma (High Point), Mark Bergey (Ohio State), Pat Myers (head coach at Lafayette) and Anthony Gilardi (Towson).
“I’d like to thank Coach Myers and his staff for affording me the amazing opportunity to become a part of the Buckeye family,” said Vossler. “They did an incredible job of making my wife, Jess, and I feel at home from the first time we stepped on campus. I’m honored to join such an amazing team and coaching staff. I’d like to thank my wife and my entire family for supporting my coaching aspirations and acknowledge Coach Galloway and all the coaches who have mentored me throughout my career. I would not be here without those who have helped me along the way. I’m excited to don the scarlet and gray and get to work.”
With Vossler’s help, Jacksonville had a five-win improvement in 2018 and advanced to the program’s first-ever Southern Conference Tournament Championship game. Vossler worked extensively with the long-stick midfielders and short-stick defensive midfielders and mentored all-conference selection Ryan Beville, who was drafted last spring by the MLL’s Florida Launch. Jacksonville finished first in the league – and No. 3 nationally – in face-off win percentage (.701), second in goals-against average (10.34/game) and first in ground balls (33.20/game).
In 2016 and 2017, Vossler served as defensive coordinator and worked with the face-off units at his alma mater, Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Under Vossler’s guidance, the Tars made program history as the defensive units allowed less than 10 goals per game in back-to-back seasons. Additionally, the team improved its face-off win percentage from .450 to .526 in 2016. Vossler mentored five All-Sunshine State Conference selections, including two first team picks.
Vossler spent the 2015 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Jacksonville and was instrumental in elevating the team’s overall face-off win percentage from .374 to .524. Vossler guided the Dolphins from being ranked 64th to 22nd nationally in face-off win percentage as a team. Individually, Vossler took the team’s top face-off specialist and increased his win percentage from .429 to .548, ranking 21st nationally at the face-off X.
Prior to his time in Duval, Vossler served as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio in 2014. Vossler’s guidance helped the Blue Streaks to a 13-4 record in its inaugural Division III season, capped by an appearance in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game. Seven players earned All-OAC honors as Vossler’s defensive units combined for an OAC-leading 6.85 goals-against average, good for 16th in the nation among DIII teams.
Vossler began his coaching career in 2013 at Division II Adams State in Alamosa, Colorado. As the Grizzlies’ assistant coach and defensive coordinator, Vossler also facilitated and implemented a strength and conditioning program for the team. His efforts aided a pair of Grizzlies to league defensive player of the week honors, as Adams State finish the season nationally ranked in the top three in DII in both caused turnovers per game (2nd) and ground balls per game (third).
A four-year member of the men’s lacrosse team at Rollins from 2009-12, Vossler was a three-time team captain and three-time All-Deep South selection. He currently ranks in the top five in several statistical categories in the Tars’ record books, including second all-time in ground balls (192) and caused turnovers (72); third in ground balls per game (3.84) and caused turnovers per game (1.44); and fourth all-time after starting all 50 games of his career.
A native of Manlius, N.Y., Vossler earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Rollins in 2012. He is married to the former Jess Hotchkiss, who was a standout on the Dolphin women’s lacrosse team from 2010-13.