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NameJason Babinec
ActivityGirls Wrestling
PositionHead Coach
NameBrandon Baker
ActivityBoys Basketball
PositionVarsity Head Coach
coach bio

Milford High School Athletics Hall of Famer Brandon Baker is coming home. Pending approval at next month’s Board of Education meeting, Baker will become the next head coach of the Milford boys basketball program. He returns to Eagles Way after a seven-year stint as a coach at Goshen High School.

Baker got his coaching start as an assistant with the Goshen boys team in 2013. Following two years in that role, he took over the Goshen girls program, spending two years as head coach and posting consecutive 19-win seasons. That set the stage for the last five years as the Warriors boys head coach where he won another 52 games.

“It's a special day that we get to welcome Coach Baker back home,” stated Milford Director of Athletics Aaron Zupka. “He embodies everything that our community represents. Brandon will transform our program instantly and infuse energy and excitement into our next generation of young basketball players. A renaissance of Milford basketball is coming and we are ecstatic to have Coach Baker at the helm!"

“I am grateful and humbled to come back to a school district, community and basketball program that I deeply care about,” Baker said. “I look forward to leading the next era of Milford basketball and teaching young men the important values of life through basketball. Being the head basketball coach at Milford High School is a dream come true and I am thankful for the opportunity to come home.”

Baker’s coaching resume includes a pair of Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference Coach of the Year awards, a district runner-up finish, as well as twice being named a coach in the Cincinnati East-West All-Star Game. He broke into coaching following graduation and a four-year basketball career at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. As a player, Baker helped his squad to three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Baker’s Milford career featured back-to-back first team all-conference honors as a junior (GMC) and senior (FAVC) and the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Player of the Year award in 2008. He was inducted into the Milford Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017.

NameJosh Clayton
ActivityBoy's Wrestling
PositionHead Coach
coach bio

The Milford High School Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that Josh Clayton will lead the Eagles’ wrestling program as the varsity head coach. Clayton has served the last several years as a coach with the Milford Junior High after retiring from the US Marine Corps.

"I am ecstatic to announce Josh Clayton as our next leader of the Milford Eagles wrestling program,” stated Athletic Director Aaron Zupka. “He exemplifies everything we want our student-athletes to be and how we want our program to be represented. Coach Clayton has a tremendous amount of energy, passion and enthusiasm for growing the sport of wrestling at Milford. I know he will work tirelessly to further the development of our student-athletes on and off the mat.”

Coach Clayton is a graduate of Milford where he was a four-year member of the Eagle wrestling program, qualifying for the OHSAA State Tournament as a senior. After Milford, Coach Clayton attended the US Naval Academy, spending two years as a member of the wrestling program, while in Annapolis. Following graduation, he did several deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, finishing his career with 16 years flying AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters for the Marines.

Coach Clayton launched his coaching career during his time in the USMC as a youth team coach. Upon returning to Milford, he started helping with the Milford youth program, before moving on to the working with the junior high and high school wrestlers a year later.

“I am honored to continue our tradition of hard work and discipline to help our wrestlers continue to grow,” Coach Clayton said. “The skills they learn on the mat will help them be better wrestlers, citizens, and leaders.”

NameJosh Clayton
ActivityBoys Wrestling
PositionHead Coach
coach bio

The Milford High School Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that Josh Clayton will lead the Eagles’ wrestling program as the varsity head coach. Clayton has served the last several years as a coach with the Milford Junior High after retiring from the US Marine Corps.

"I am ecstatic to announce Josh Clayton as our next leader of the Milford Eagles wrestling program,” stated Athletic Director Aaron Zupka. “He exemplifies everything we want our student-athletes to be and how we want our program to be represented. Coach Clayton has a tremendous amount of energy, passion and enthusiasm for growing the sport of wrestling at Milford. I know he will work tirelessly to further the development of our student-athletes on and off the mat.”

Coach Clayton is a graduate of Milford where he was a four-year member of the Eagle wrestling program, qualifying for the OHSAA State Tournament as a senior. After Milford, Coach Clayton attended the US Naval Academy, spending two years as a member of the wrestling program, while in Annapolis. Following graduation, he did several deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, finishing his career with 16 years flying AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters for the Marines.

Coach Clayton launched his coaching career during his time in the USMC as a youth team coach. Upon returning to Milford, he started helping with the Milford youth program, before moving on to the working with the junior high and high school wrestlers a year later.

“I am honored to continue our tradition of hard work and discipline to help our wrestlers continue to grow,” Coach Clayton said. “The skills they learn on the mat will help them be better wrestlers, citizens, and leaders.”

NameEmma Frye
ActivityBoys Swimming & Diving
PositionHead Diving Coach/Assistant Swimming Coach
coach bio

Current Milford Position(s):

  • Head High School & Junior High Diving Coach (2015-present)

High School Alma Mater: Milford High School (2011)

College Alma Mater(s):

  • Associate’s: (2015) The Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences - Nursing
  • Undergraduate: (Present-2021) University of Cincinnati - Middle School Education

High School and College Sports Played:

  • High School: Swimming, Diving, Water Polo

Honors/Achievements/Awards:

  • 2009, 2010 State Final Four - Water Polo
  • 2010 South Regional Champion - Water Polo
  • 2010 FAVC Girls Buckeye Division Champion - Swimming & Diving
  • USA Swimming Certified Coach

Additional Information: Emma lives in Loveland, Ohio. She is currently attending school at the University of Cincinnati pursuing a degree in middle school education. She is a swim coach for Milford Area Swim Team.

NameEmma Frye
ActivityGirls Swimming & Diving
PositionHead Diving Coach/Assistant Swimming Coach
coach bio

Current Milford Position(s):

  • Head High School & Junior High Diving Coach (2015-present)

High School Alma Mater: Milford High School (2011)

College Alma Mater(s):

  • Associate’s: (2015) The Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences - Nursing
  • Undergraduate: (Present-2021) University of Cincinnati - Middle School Education

High School and College Sports Played:

  • High School: Swimming, Diving, Water Polo

Honors/Achievements/Awards:

  • 2009, 2010 State Final Four - Water Polo
  • 2010 South Regional Champion - Water Polo
  • 2010 FAVC Girls Buckeye Division Champion - Swimming & Diving
  • USA Swimming Certified Coach

Additional Information: Emma lives in Loveland, Ohio. She is currently attending school at the University of Cincinnati pursuing a degree in middle school education. She is a swim coach for Milford Area Swim Team.

NameMike Nolting
ActivityBoys Bowling
PositionVarsity Head Coach
coach bio

The Milford Department of Athletics is pleased to welcome Mike Nolting as the Eagles new varsity girls bowling coach. Coach Nolting joins the program with over 30 years of bowling experience.

Coach Nolting is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Mariemont High School and the University of Cincinnati, currently residing in Milford. In addition to bowling, Coach Nolting works as a software quality engineer at Great American Insurance.

Coach Nolting’s bowling history spans back to his teenage years when he took up the sport. For over 25 years, he’s competed in sanctioned leagues at Madison Bowl and Cherry Grove Lanes. Coach Nolting has bowled in several Ohio State Tournaments and Derby Classic Tournaments in Louisville, Ky. He has one perfect game to his credit in 2010 at Cherry Grove Lanes.

“I'm very excited to join the Milford Bowling Program as the Girls Varsity Head Coach,” Coach Nolting says. “I'm looking forward to sharing my 30+ years of bowling knowledge and experience to help these young ladies be the best student-athletes possible. Through dedication, hard work, and most importantly sportsmanship, I'm confident we can be one of the best teams in the ECC.”

NameMike Nolting
ActivityGirls Bowling
PositionVarsity Head Coach
coach bio

The Milford Department of Athletics is pleased to welcome Mike Nolting as the Eagles new varsity girls bowling coach. Coach Nolting joins the program with over 30 years of bowling experience.

Coach Nolting is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Mariemont High School and the University of Cincinnati, currently residing in Milford. In addition to bowling, Coach Nolting works as a software quality engineer at Great American Insurance.

Coach Nolting’s bowling history spans back to his teenage years when he took up the sport. For over 25 years, he’s competed in sanctioned leagues at Madison Bowl and Cherry Grove Lanes. Coach Nolting has bowled in several Ohio State Tournaments and Derby Classic Tournaments in Louisville, Ky. He has one perfect game to his credit in 2010 at Cherry Grove Lanes.

“I'm very excited to join the Milford Bowling Program as the Girls Varsity Head Coach,” Coach Nolting says. “I'm looking forward to sharing my 30+ years of bowling knowledge and experience to help these young ladies be the best student-athletes possible. Through dedication, hard work, and most importantly sportsmanship, I'm confident we can be one of the best teams in the ECC.”

NameJennifer Schlotman
ActivityCheerleading
PositionHead Varsity Coach
coach bio

The Milford High School Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that Jennifer Schlotman will become the school’s new varsity sideline cheer coach, pending approval of the Milford Exempted Village School District Board of Education. Schlotman brings over 16 years of high school cheerleading coaching experience to the position.

Schlotman returns to the high school cheer coaching ranks following a two-year “retirement.” Prior to the break, she served as the Head Cheerleading Coach at Mariemont High School from 2012-2020. She also spent a season as head coach at Walnut Hills.

"Coach Schlotman is a game changer for our Milford Sideline Cheer program,” Milford Director of Athletics Aaron Zupka stated. “Her presence will be felt immediately with the surplus of knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm she brings to sideline cheer and wants to pour into this program.

“Coach Schlotman brings over 16 years of experience in the high school cheer world,” he continued. “I'm excited about the positive influence she can have on our hard-working young women and men. I’m confident she will work together with our student-athletes to honor existing traditions, while building upon the great tradition and legacy of Milford Cheer. Coach Schlotman will bring immediate credibility and uplift our sideline cheer program to new and unprecedented heights."

“I am incredibly honored and excited to be joining the Milford Cheer family,” Schlotman added. “My energy and enthusiasm for the sport, coupled with my passion and dedication to empower athletes as they work towards achieving and exceed their goals on the sideline is second to none. I look forward to contributing to the exceptional cheer program at Milford and taking the sideline program to new and exciting heights.”

Schlotman launched her high school coaching career with a year and a half stint as head coach at Finneytown High School. She followed that stretch with another year and a half as the freshman and junior varsity coach at Mariemont. Schlotman has also been a private and small group coach for over 25 years.

Away from cheer, Schlotman works as a senior director for Signet Jewelers. In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, she earned a Master’s in Business and Educational Administration from Xavier as well as a Doctorate in Philosophy from The Ohio State University.

NameMegan Stilwell
ActivityBoys Swimming & Diving
PositionHead Swimming Coach
coach bio

The Milford High School Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of former NCAA All-American Megan (Tomes) Stillwell as its next head boys and girls swimming coach. She joins the Eagles after serving the last several years as the girls head coach at her alma mater, Eastern Cincinnati Conference rival Anderson High School.

During her high school swimming career, she set many school and pool records and was a three-time state champion and an All-American in every high school swimming event. As a collegiate at the University of Tennessee, she was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll, was an NCCA Division I All American and an SEC top-8 qualifier all four years. She attended the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials, with her best finish being in the top-50 in the world at the time. She has a Bachelor's degree in Human Ecology with a focus in Nutrition from UT.

“I’m excited to bring my experiences from my past successful swimming journey and my coaching knowledge to Milford High School,” Coach Stillwell says. “I’m very eager to lead this great group of swimmers to new levels of achievement.”

In addition to her high school coaching duties, Stillwell also coaches summer club swimming. Outside of coaching, she and her husband, Kevin are the parents to three boys: Crosby (7), Colton (6) and Callan (4).

"We are beyond ecstatic to welcome Coach Stilwell as the next leader of the Milford Eagles swimming program,” stated Director of Athletics Aaron Zupka. “She has an illustrious background and has competed at some of the highest levels in the sport. I know she will have an immediate impact on the individual development of our swimmers and elevate our program to new heights. We’re very fortunate to have someone of her caliber at MHS and can't wait to get her started working with our student-athletes!"

NameMegan Stilwell
ActivityGirls Swimming & Diving
PositionHead Swimming Coach
coach bio

The Milford High School Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of former NCAA All-American Megan (Tomes) Stillwell as its next head boys and girls swimming coach. She joins the Eagles after serving the last several years as the girls head coach at her alma mater, Eastern Cincinnati Conference rival Anderson High School.

During her high school swimming career, she set many school and pool records and was a three-time state champion and an All-American in every high school swimming event. As a collegiate at the University of Tennessee, she was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll, was an NCCA Division I All American and an SEC top-8 qualifier all four years. She attended the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials, with her best finish being in the top-50 in the world at the time. She has a Bachelor's degree in Human Ecology with a focus in Nutrition from UT.

“I’m excited to bring my experiences from my past successful swimming journey and my coaching knowledge to Milford High School,” Coach Stillwell says. “I’m very eager to lead this great group of swimmers to new levels of achievement.”

In addition to her high school coaching duties, Stillwell also coaches summer club swimming. Outside of coaching, she and her husband, Kevin are the parents to three boys: Crosby (7), Colton (6) and Callan (4).

"We are beyond ecstatic to welcome Coach Stilwell as the next leader of the Milford Eagles swimming program,” stated Director of Athletics Aaron Zupka. “She has an illustrious background and has competed at some of the highest levels in the sport. I know she will have an immediate impact on the individual development of our swimmers and elevate our program to new heights. We’re very fortunate to have someone of her caliber at MHS and can't wait to get her started working with our student-athletes!"

NameMatt Tolliver
ActivityGirls Basketball
PositionVarsity Head Coach
coach bio

The Milford High School Department of Athletics, under the direction of Aaron Zupka, is pleased to announce the hiring of Matt Tolliver as the Eagles’ new varsity girls basketball head coach. Coach Tolliver, whose hiring is pending by the Milford Board of Education, joins the Eagles after spending the past two seasons at Edgewood High School.

Last year, in his first full season as the varsity head coach at Edgewood, Coach Tolliver led the Cougars to one of the best seasons in the school’s history. Named the Southwest District and Southwest Ohio Conference Coach of the Year for his efforts, Coach Tolliver’s squad finished the regular season 20-2 and unbeaten in conference play.

"I'm ecstatic to announce Matt Tolliver as the next leader of our girls basketball program,” Director Zupka stated. “Anytime you can bring in a person of his caliber who has experience building a successful program and is a proven winner, there's a lot to be excited about. Our girls are going to love his fast-paced, energetic style of play and it's going to be a great brand of basketball to watch.

“Coach Tolliver has high expectations for our returning team to compete for a league championship immediately,” Zupka continued. “Our hope is to build a comprehensive program that our young ladies will be excited to be a part of and develop talent that will push us to be a perennial power in the ECC and Southwest Ohio year in and year out.”

Prior to his one year as Edgewood’s head coach and a season as a Cougar assistant, Coach Tolliver spent eight seasons building the girls basketball program at Little Miami High School. Among his coaching accomplishments between Little Miami and Edgewood are four conference championships, two sectional finals appearances and three conference coach of the year awards. Over his last four years as a head coach, Tolliver owns a record of 70-25.

NameAlicia Wall
ActivityCheerleading
PositionCompetition Cheer Coordinator
NameJessi Wendelken
ActivityDance
PositionHead Coach
coach bio

The Milford High School Department of Athletics is excited to welcome Jessi Wendelken, a 2017 graduate of Milford, back home as the school’s new dance coach. Wendelken boasts an impressive resume that includes a member of the nationally renown University of Cincinnati Dance Team as well as a year as a Ben-gal cheerleader.

"It's a full circle moment being given the opportunity to coach my old high school dance team,” Wendelken stated. “I am so excited to give this program everything I have to offer!”

Since her graduation from Milford, Wendelken was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of UC and a four-year member of the Bearcat Dance Team. Even prior to graduating from Milford, she was an instructor at Dance Etc., a role she continues today. Last fall, Wendelken had the opportunity to cheer for the Cincinnati Bengals, getting to perform at the team’s first Super Bowl appearance in over 30 years.

"It's a proud day for Milford High School to welcome back home accomplished 2017 alumnus Coach Jessi Wendelken,” Milford Athletic Director Aaron Zupka said. “You won't find someone more passionate and qualified about teaching dance than her. Jessi has danced/cheered at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels and her connection to our community and local dance studios will be extremely beneficial to our student-athletes. We’re excited to bring in a brilliant dance mind like Jessi and continue to build our program at Milford to an elite level."

Coach Wendelken will take over a Milford Dance program that has captured the last two Eastern Cincinnati Conference Championships.

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