COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s lacrosse head coach Nick Myers announced Wednesday the hiring of Andrew Vossler as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes. Vossler will work primarily with the faceoff and goalie units.
“Buckeye Lacrosse is excited to welcome Coach Vossler and his family back to Ohio State,” Myers said. “Voss has a passion for developing the faceoff and goalie position and his impact on those groups is something we’ve been fortunate to see first-hand. I’m looking forward to having him back on staff and seeing the impact he’ll have on our team, both on and off the field.”
Vossler returns to Columbus after three seasons as an assistant coach at Colgate. While in Hamilton, he served as the Raiders’ first assistant and recruiting coordinator and worked with the faceoff specialists and goalies. Vossler coached Matt LaCombe to a .500 save percentage in the 2023 season and four Patriot League weekly awards. He also guided faceoff man Thomas Colucci to a .571 win percentage in 2022 and to top 15 marks in faceoff win percentage and ground balls per game.
“I am grateful to Coach Myers for bringing me and my family back to Columbus and Buckeye Lacrosse,” Vossler said. “Coach Myers has always put an emphasis on the goalie and face off units and with this new position I am excited to be able to continue to focus on the development of those units.”
In his first stint at Ohio State, Vossler helped the Buckeyes to an 8-4 record in 2019 and a 5-2 record during the shortened 2020 season. He guided Ohio State faceoff record holder Justin Inacio to Big Ten Co-Specialist of the Year honors in 2019, a season in which Inacio led the conference with a .637 win percentage and had 120 ground balls. At the time of the cancelation of the 2020 season, Vossler coached Inacio and goalie Josh Kirson to league-leading success. Inacio was winning over 65 percent of his faceoffs and Kirson was the Big Ten’s best statistical goalie, leading the conference in saves (94), saves per game (13.4), save percentage (.584) and goals-against average (10.19).
“Coach Vossler was a huge part of my development as a faceoff man,” Inacio said. “The amount of growth I had during my two years with him was incredible. He embodies what it means to be a Buckeye and I’m excited for all the future players that get to learn under Coach Voss’ leadership.”
Prior to joining the Buckeyes’ coaching staff, Vossler spent the 2018 on staff at Jacksonville. With Vossler’s help, the Dolphins had a five-win improvement and advanced to the program’s first Southern Conference Tournament Championship game. 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’s coaching career also featured stops as an assistant coach at John Carroll and Adams State.
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.
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 Jacksonville women’s lacrosse team from 2010-13. They are the parents of two sons, Ezekiel Bronko and Kairos Kolt Vossler.