Coaching Staff

 

Brian Hull | Asst. Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Finishing his second season, Hull continued to build on their first season by helping lead the Panthers once again to some top ranking numbers in the nation in several categories for both the team and individual players. In 2018, as a team, Ohio Dominican ranked in the top 50 in 13 statistical categories. This tops the their 2017 season when they ranked in 10 statistical categories in the country. Defensively, they were 3rd in the nation in double plays turned and while fielding at a .966 clip. The entire Panther infield garnered All League Honors as well in 2018. Individually, he helped coach and mentor Justin Childers (33rd Round-Detroit Tigers), Brad Wilson (13th Round-Toronto Bluejays) and All-American Catcher, Colin Kaucher.
 
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 son Beckett.
 

Lee Sponseller  | Hitting/Outfield

Beginning his first season as a coach at Ohio Dominican, Coach Sponseller will take over the hitting duties and handle the outfield coaching as well.

Sponseller returns to Ohio Dominican where he had a stellar career for the Panthers. He finished his career with a .367 batting average, pounded out 164 hits, 108 rbi’s and 26 homeruns. After finishing up at Ohio Dominican, Sponseller was a graduate transfer to Coastal Carolina University. During his final season with the Chanticleers, he posted a .290 batting average, drove in 42 runs and had 6 homeruns including 3 grand slams.

Sponseller currently resides in Columbus.

 

Kyle Burson  | Infield/Bench Coach

Entering his second season at Ohio Dominican, Coach Burson will continue to work with the infield, throw batting practice, and assist with all game day operations.

Coach Burson is a 2017 graduate of Ohio Dominican where he was a 4 year starter at Shortstop for the Panthers. During his final season he also joined the pitching staff as both a starter and closer. He was named First Team All Conference and Second Team Region in his final season as well.

Kyle currently resides in Columbus.

 

Daniel 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. He played at 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 along strength/conditioning.

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