Coaching Staff

 

Brian Hull | Assistant Coach

Entering his second season, Hull helped to lead the Panthers last season to some top numbers in several categories for both the team and individual players.  As a team, Ohio Dominican ranked among the top 50 in the nation in 10 statistical categories.  Individually, he helped coach and mentor Justin Childers who was a consensus All-American and Midwest Region Player of the Year, along with GLIAC Player of the Year as well.  Childers led all of Division II in batting average (.451) and slugging percentage (.846).  He also ranked in the top 50 in hits, home runs, home runs per game, on base percentage, runs, rbi’s, rbi’s per game and total bases.  A total of four Panthers earned First Team All-GLIAC honors and all four also earned at least one All-Midwest Region accolade (Justin Childers, Lee Sponseller, Tony Evans, Kyle Burson).

Before joining the ODU staff, Hull previously coached at a local suburb in Columbus and his alma mater, Gahanna Lincoln High School.  Over his 20 plus years at Gahanna Lincoln, Hull helped lead the Lions to multiple conference titles, seven district titles, and two state final four appearances.  Hull has coached fifteen All-Ohio players with two of those winning All-Ohio Player of the Year honors.  Included in those players were two Major League Draft selections.  His first was 2008 Gahanna graduate, Major League Pitcher (Texas Rangers/Philadelphia Phillies), and current Japanese Professional Pitcher, Phil Klein.  Along with Klein, Hull helped mentor and coach 2014 Gahanna graduate, Mr. Ohio Baseball (2014) and former University of Kentucky first baseman, Evan White.  White was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2017 Amateur Draft by the Seattle Mariners.

Added to his coaching experience, Hull has spent time as an associate scout at the professional level helping to identify and evaluate players for the MLB draft.

Hull currently lives in his hometown of Gahanna with his wife Jennifer, son Bradley, daughter Haedyn, and their newborn son.

 

Daniel Crabtree LePera | Hitting Coach

Lepera is originally from Gahanna, Ohio where he played for the Lincoln Lions.  As a catcher while playing with the Lions, he earned conference and district honors as well as being a captain.  His collegiate career began at Coastal Carolina University, it was there that he suffered a major shoulder injury and transferred to the University of Rio Grande. 

Lepera is a certified trainer through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and owner/founder of TNT Baseball Academy in Columbus, Ohio.  His Academy is full of other trainers/instructors focusing on sport specific programs.

His duties at Ohio Dominican include working with the catchers, hitting, and he is also the team’s strength & conditioning coach too.

He currently lives in Blacklick with his wife, Amanda and daughters Emory June and Ayla Juliana.