Coaches Spotlight

Last Updated: 5/21/2020 12:28 PM

Spring Coaches Spotlight

Coach Schafer - HS Head Track Coach


My name is Bruce Schafer.  I have been teaching and coaching here at Allen East for many moons (30ish years).  I teach mathematics at the Middle School.  My sons go to school here, as well.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading.  I have previously coached both track and football.

Coach Escamilla - HS Head Boys Baseball Coach

Coach Abe

My name is Abram Escamilla.  I have been the Coach at Allen East for 5 years now.  4 as the HC and 1 as an Assistant.  I have been coaching Baseball for the last 11 years at all different levels from HS to JH, Youth, Travel, and Legion.  I am a 1993 Graduate of Pandora Gilboa HS.  I have been married for 16 years to my Lovely Wife.  I am the father of 8 incredible children, 5 girls and 3 boys.  I will become a grandpa for the first time in August.  I enjoy spending my free time antiquing with my wife, fishing and spending time with my kids.

Coach Patton - HS Head Girls Softball Coach


Hello. My name is Paul Patton. I graduated from Upper Scioto Valley Local School District. This is my third year as the Girls Varsity Softball Coach at Allen East Local School District. I have coached high school softball for 13 years and 10 years for the 18 and under Buckeye Heat travel softball ball team. My wife and I live in Waynesfield and we have been married for 34 years. I have two daughters and three grandchildren. I love spending time with my grandchildren and traveling with my wife.  I also enjoy shooting sporting clays and trap in my spare time.

Winter Coaches Spotlight

Coach Plaugher - Freshman Boys Basketball Coach


My name is Clay Plaugher and I am a proud 2013 graduate of Allen East High School.  I love this school and the experiences I had here and couldn’t pass up the chance to come back and coach the sport I love!  I am also a 2016 graduate of Bowling Green State University with bachelor degrees in both Accounting and Finance.  I am currently self employed as a Financial Advisor with Rockhold Wentling Financial Advisors in Lima.  I am engaged to be married in September of 2020 to Kyla Otting, a New Bremen graduate I met while at Bowling Green.  You’ll see her at a lot of games!  I also have a passion for sports memorabilia and cards.  In my free time, you can find me on the golf course!

Coach Koontz - HS Head Girls Basketball Coach

Dana Koontz

My name is Dana Koontz and I am the girls varsity basketball coach. 

I graduated from Allen East in 1992 and have worked at Proctor & Gamble for the past 15 years. I have been married to my beautiful wife Heather for 20 years. We have 3 children, Whitney, Kadin and Kenzie who have graduated or currently attend Allen East. We also have a grandson, Seth, who will be starting kindergarten next year. I have coached 17 years, all here at Allen East, 9 years as the JV boys coach, 1 year as the Varsity Assistant with the girls and 7 years as the head coach of the girls. I am really proud of all the players I’ve coached and thankful for all the great coaches I’ve had the opportunity to coach with. Go Blue!!!

Coach Abbey - HS Head Wrestling Coach

Coach Abbey

My name is Mike Abbey.  This is my 21st year as Head Wrestling Coach at Allen East High School.  I also teach mathematics at AEHS.  I live in the district with my wife, Jessy and my two daughters; Sydney and Jolene.  I graduated from Findlay HS and Muskingum College, where I wrestled and played football.  I have also coached football, golf, and baseball for Allen East.  My hobbies include spending time with my girls/wife, golfing, fishing, and watching the Cincinnati Reds.

Fall Coaches Spotlight

Coach Risner - 8th Grade Volleyball Coach

Coach Risner

My name is Taylor Risner and I am 23 years old.  I graduated from Bluffton University as an Intervention Specialist in 2018. This is my second year teaching, and I am the lead teacher for Allen East’s K-4 Cross Categorical Unit. I have coached 8th grade volleyball for two years. I love spending time with my family and friends. During my summer’s off of teaching, I enjoy being a respite care provider for special needs children.

Coach Egbert - 7th Grade Volleyball Coach

Coach Egbert

 Hello, my name is Alyson Egbert.  I am a 2007 graduate of Allen East, where I was a four-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball, softball, and cheerleading as Thunder, the mascot. I graduated from the University of Findlay with my bachelor’s degree in Education in 2010 and master’s degree in Education in 2018. While in college, I played on the University of Findlay’s softball team. I knew early on that I wanted to be a teacher and a coach as I have a passion for working with children and have had the privilege of being a third grade teacher for the past nine years and have coached for a combined ten years at the Varsity, JV, and Junior High levels in volleyball, basketball, and softball. My husband, Brandon, and I live in Findlay. We are the proud parents of a one-year old Black Labradoodle named Ryker. When I am not busy at school teaching, coaching, or taking tickets at other athletic events, I enjoy spending time with my family. 

Coach Young - Jr High Cheer Advisor

Coach Young

Hi, I am Sheena Young, the Jr. high cheerleading advisor for football and basketball this year. I am a 2000 graduate from Perry High School where I played volleyball, softball, and cheered. I also did competition cheer. I am a Graduate of Rhodes State College with a RN degree. Worked at St Ritas for 10 yrs and currently work at home for Humana Medicare. My husband Gabe and I of 14 yrs are proud parents of 2 kids Ethan 7th gr and Aaliyah 5th gr both at Allen East. I love attending my kids sporting events for Allen east, travel ball and watching my son compete with his horse. I am very proud of my Jr High cheerleaders with their hard work, dedication and school spirit! GO MUSTANGS! 

Coach Roeder - HS Head Girls Soccer Coach

Coach Roeder

Hello.  My name is Steve Roeder and I am the Girls Varsity Soccer Coach. 

I graduated from Westland High School in Columbus, OH and continued my education at Ashland University graduating with a BSBA degree.  I have two daughters, Macey and McKenna, both of whom graduated from Allen East.  Having been employed by the Spartan Nash corporation for the last 25 years, I hopefully will be retiring in the near future.  In my spare time, I enjoy golfing, fishing, and hanging out with family and friends. 

I have been involved in our youth sports program from way back to the beginning of AEYSA, where I was the Soccer Director.  With the help of many parents and volunteers, we as a community were able to build our soccer program into what it is today.  I have coached the girls and boys Jr. High soccer teams before accepting this position this year.  We had an amazing first season and the future looks very bright for our program in the coming years.  Go Mustangs!

Coach Austin - HS Head Cheerleading Advisor

Coach Austin

Hello. My name is Kristi Austin and I am proud to coach AE's hardworking JV and Varsity Cheer squads. In addition to being the Head Cheer Coach at Allen East I am also a second grade teacher. I graduated from Allen East as did my husband Jeff. We have 4 kids who are also Mustangs. Caleb and Mallory are both AE grads now. Cole is a junior and Marah is in fourth grade. I attained my bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University (Tiger Up!) and also earned a Master's Degree from Bluffton College. This is my third year as High School Cheer Coach. In the past I had previously coached junior high cheerleaders as well. My favorite things include spending time with my family, watching Allen East sports, The Ohio State Buckeyes, and all things Disney!

Coach Basham - HS Head Volleyball Coach


My name is Laura Basham.  I grew up in Rossford, Ohio and went to Cardinal Stritch High School.  I have 5 daughters, their names are Summer (18), Lakin (18), Soraya (14), Savannah (9), and Lauren (6).  When I'm not coaching volleyball, I am at multiple games, as my girls' biggest fan!  I started my coaching career at Elida Middle School.  Then, I transitioned into club volleyball at Trailblazers VBC.  I started coaching at Allen East back in 2016 and I am very proud of the progress we've made and proud to be a Mustang!

Coach Long - HS Head Cross Country Coach

Coach Long

I love running and art.  I am very lucky to have found jobs of a cross-country coach and an art teacher that are my passions.  

I began my sports career trying tennis and my coach suggested I look at track.  I must have been a very bad tennis player or was running after the ball too much. From then on, I have been running ever since.  I set junior high and high school records in the half mile, mile, and the 4x800 relay.  Of course, these records have all been broken. My freshman year was when I began cross-country when a cute boy suggested I try it.   However, there wasn't a girl's team.  So, the year of 1981 was when Lima Senior had it's first girl run cross-country! That year I had to run on the boy's team and was the 5th "man."   The following year a girl's team was established.  After high school, I went to Bowling Green State University and did not pursue college sports, but did not give up running.  

I have run over a dozen marathons with one being the Boston Marathon. Also, I have done several triathlons including a half-ironman placing first in the Master's group.  

I want to instill how important it is to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle to everyone that I coach. 

Coach Houston - HS Head Boys Soccer Coach

Lamar Houston

My name is Lamar Houston.  My wife Sharon and I have been married for 21 years and we have two kids Madison and Braelin.  Madison is in her sophomore year at Ohio Northern University and Braelin is a junior here at Allen East.  I have worked for Honda of America in Anna Ohio for 22 years.  I have been coaching soccer at Allen East for 9 years now.  I coached the girls for 8 years, earning five coach of the year honors before moving over to coach the boys this fall.  I have been coaching for about 20 plus years in all and I also coach club soccer in the spring with Ohio extreme Soccer Club.  My hobbies away from soccer include hiking, golf, fishing and I love to cook. I love working for Allen East and have made many lasting memories along the way.

Coach Schroeder - HS Head Football Coach


I am Wes Schroeder, a 2004 graduate of Leipsic High School where I played football, basketball and baseball.  My teaching career began at the University of Findlay, graduating in 2009, with a Physical Education degree.  In 2017, I graduated from Bluffton University with a master’s degree in Special Education.  During the school day, you will find me in the classroom as the 7th and 8th grade Special Education Teacher.  I have been coaching football for 10 years and have been the head coach for the Allen East Mustangs for the past 2 years.  My wife Traci and I are the proud parents of a beautiful, 16-month-old daughter, Aisley.  In my leisure time, I like to play golf and hang out with my family.  My favorite teams to watch are The Ohio State Buckeyes and all of the Cleveland teams.  I believe the AE football program is gaining momentum and I am proud of our players and coaches for their effort and dedication to this program.