Hilliard Ohio Soccer Association

Posted Apr 15, 2019

Bill Morris

President of the Board


Bill is from Alexandria, Virginia and grew up playing recreational soccer. Bill served in the US Navy before reviving his soccer interest when becoming a parent. Bill coached all five of his children at various ages and levels of their careers and continues to coach after his children have grown up. Bill began coaching in the HOSA recreational program in 1989 and has coached Hilliard club level teams and JV teams at Hilliard Davidson high school. Bill has a USSF National D license and numerous NSCAA regional, state, goalkeeping and special topics diplomas. Bill brings both soccer experience and management experience to his role as a HOSA board member. Bill’s professional experience as an Ohio Registered Architect helps to oversee fields and facilities usage as well as acquisition and development for HOSA.

Charlie Blankenbiller



Charlie is originally from Reading, PA and after earning a degree in Communication Studies from West Virginia University, he moved to Central Ohio in 2003. Charlie played youth soccer through high school. He also played volleyball and is an Eagle Scout. His 2 children, Nolan and Blythe, have participated in HOSA programs since Nolan was 5. During their time in the recreational program, he volunteered as a coach and is now a coach in the Girls Locomotive Competitive Program.  Charlie has a background in project management and process innovation/improvement. He also has experience volunteering as the treasurer for a Hilliard elementary PTO and local Cub Scout leader. He also is an avid runner and has run over 25 marathons and ultramarathons. Charlie enjoys serving the community and being a part of what makes Hilliard a great place to live.  

Jay Dearth



Jay was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but spent his childhood moving through the United States.  He went to high school in Cincinnati where he played baseball.  He has three boys, two of which have played in the HOSA organization.  Jay's younger brother played competitive soccer, and it was through traveling to and watching those games that Jay developed a love for the sport.  Jay works locally for a large financial institution, where he manages a team tasked with the analysis for complex financials.  He has experience serving on the Board of the Columbus Opera, and enjoys seeing the success of non-profits such as HOSA.

Bret Benack

Board Member


Bret grew up in Central Ohio and has lived in Hilliard since 2004 with his wife and two children.  An involved Soccer Dad, he has coached his kids' HOSA recreational teams and served as a competitive team PA.  Bret works for the teachers of Ohio at the Ohio Education Association and also enjoys serving on the board of the Hilliard Rowing Association.  

Cody Gates

Board Member


Cody's family moved to Hilliard when he was four and he graduated from Hilliard Darby high school. Cody has 20 years of soccer experience but he keeps up with new drills and ideas to stay relevant in the ever-changing atmosphere of competitive soccer. He has played year-round competitive soccer for ten years for HOSA when he was younger. He has also been a youth soccer referee, reffing for five years for recreational, competitive, and high school levels of play. Lastly, Cody has been coaching in the HOSA competitive and academy programs the past eight years. He loves being involved with HOSA, both as a coach and a board member, because he loves giving back to the community that has given him so much. Cody is currently attending Ohio Dominican University to acquire a degree in Integrated Social Studies Education.

Lisa George

Board Member


Lisa grew up in downtown Hilliard, Ohio. She never played soccer growing up, but with having 2 soccer loving boys Gunnar and Colt, it quickly took over their lives! Lisa began her adventure with HOSA as a "Soccer Mom," but that changed shortly after. She began coaching when her boys were 4 and 6 for the Recreation league and Academy program. She expanded her roll within the club quickly. She works for Hilliard City Schools, but during soccer season, spends 7 days a week at the soccer fields. Lisa is the Director and Head Coach of the (special needs) TOPSoccer Program, Co-Director and Coach of the U5, U6, & U7 Academy Programs, Assistant Coach for multiple competitive teams, and part of the HOSA administrative team. 

Tony Hunt

Board Member


Tony grew up and lived in West Virginia all of his life until he moved to Hilliard in 2014.  He grew up playing many organized sports including soccer up to High School.  Tony and his wife Alicia have a stepson Bryce who has been involved in HOSA for the last three years and a daughter Norah.  Tony served many roles including president and treasurer of the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters in West Virginia before moving to Ohio.  His professional background is in sales and marketing.  Tony enjoys community involvement and being active in Hilliard as many ways as possible.  

Ray Studer

Board Member


Ray grew up in rural Crawford County, Ohio and did not have the opportunity to play organized soccer in his youth. However, he learned the true athleticism and stamina of soccer players while playing soccer in preseason football conditioning in high school. This respect deepened in his college years while playing pick-up soccer games with international students on the fields of The Ohio State University. Ray, his wife and three daughters have been residents of Hilliard since 1991 and he coached several seasons in the HOSA Recreational League. Ray is a practicing attorney having retired after approximately 35 years from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. He is currently providing legal services for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.