MEET OUR TEAM

Dan Mackin '04
Director of Admission

Dan is a graduate of the St. Edward High School Class of 2004.  While at St. Edward, he was involved in a variety of organizations and activities, including Student Council, Edwardian Players, Kairos and Wilderness Retreats, Rally Committee, Intramural Sports, and the Student Ambassador program.

 

Dan attended Ashland University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Electronic Media Production and Sport Communication.  While at Ashland, Dan was involved as an Assistant Resident Director and Resident Assistant and was a four-year member of the Club Lacrosse team.  He then attended Cleveland State University for graduate school and completed his Master of Education in Sports Management in 2011.  While at Cleveland State, Dan worked for the College of Nursing as a Graduate Assistant for recruitment and academic advising.

 

Dan returned to St. Edward in the fall of 2012 in the role of Dean of Student Life & Leadership and, in that role, oversaw the Student Government programming as well as the student activities that take place throughout the St. Edward community.

 

In his free time, Dan enjoys walking with his wife, Erin, and golden retriever, Lucy.  Dan and Erin have worked and volunteered in different ways at Camp Christopher in Bath, OH since the age of 16 and continue to do so today.  Dan also enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, cooking, playing volleyball, and working outdoors.

 

Dan’s Favorites

Favorite plant: Hydrangea

Favorite restaurant: Barrio Lakewood

Favorite team: Any St. Ed’s team and the Cleveland Indians

 

My father, uncles, and older brother all attended St. Ed’s before me.  Growing up, I always knew that I would be an Eagle and I spent every moment that I could in grade school and middle school at St. Ed’s events, including football and basketball games, sports camps, and the summer enrichment camp, Skills & Thrills.  During my time as a student at St. Ed’s, I tried to be as involved as possible.  There was hardly a day when I was not returning home after dinner because I was so involved with after school activities.

 

The St. Ed's community has grown in many ways since my time as a student and it offers an incredible array of opportunities for its Edsmen and their families.  I look forward to the sharing with alumni, parents, and prospective families all the great things that are taking place at St. Ed’s!

 

 

Joe Kasl '99 
Associate Director of Admission

 

Joe is a graduate of the St. Edward Class of 1999.  While at St. Ed's, Joe was a National Merit Commended Student and a state champion in baseball.  He attended college at The University of the South (Sewanee, TN), where he majored in American Studies and participated in baseball and theatre.  In 2006, Joe earned a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law (Cleveland, OH), and in 2022, he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University (Louisville, KY).

 

Joe has been the Associate Director of Admission at St. Edward since the fall of 2010.  He also served as the St. Edward Head Baseball Coach for three seasons (2013-15) and taught Public Speaking at St. Ed's for two years (2016-17, 2017-18).  Recently, Joe has assisted with the supervision of International Baccalaureate examinations at St. Ed’s, in addition to his work in the Office of Admission.

 

Joe's Favorites

Favorite color: Dark Green

Favorite food: Mashed Potatoes

Favorite music: Country

 

When I was in middle school, I wasn't considering St. Ed's at first, primarily because of the distance from my home.  My dad persuaded me to attend an Open House at St. Ed's, however, just to see what it had to offer.  The Open House made a huge difference in my high school selection.  The professionalism and the amount of preparation that went into the Open House at St. Ed's left a lasting impression on me.  After considering all of my options, I concluded that St. Ed's would do the best job of preparing me for college.

 

Twenty years later, I am back at my alma mater to help prospective students learn all that St. Ed's has to offer.  I am proud to say that the school is now stronger than ever, and it is a pleasure to give back to the school that has given so much to me.  I look forward to meeting with you and sharing my insights on the St. Ed's experience.

Michael Fink '01 

Assoc. Athletic Director / Admissions Team Member 

 

Mike is a graduate of St. Edward High School, 2001. While at St. Edward he was involved in a variety of activities, in athletics & the community as a whole. 

 

Mike Attended Wheeling Jesuit University, in Wheeling, WV. There he played NCAA DII Lacrosse, and was a part of 3 teams that finished in the top 10 nationally. Academically he earned a B.A. in History, with a Secondary Education Emphasis, along with focuses in Psychology & International Relations. 

 

Following college he spent 13 years professionally at Benedictine High School, as the Social Studies Dept. Chair, Head Lacrosse Coach, and Freshmen Football Coach. Mike returned home to St. Edward in the Summer of 2019, to take on a new role in Athletics & as a member of the Admissions Team, Additionally he is a part of the Social Studies Faculty teaching a section of Freshmen World History, as well as coaching Freshmen Football. 

 

In his freetime, Mike much enjoys time with his family & friends, staying active, following Cleveland & College Sports. Mike is a member of St. Clement's Parish, and a life-long Lakewood Resident. 

 

Mike's Favorites

Restaurant: Tantos Tacos 

Summer Spot: Cedar Point Beach 

Sports: All St. Edward Teams, the Guardians, & the PLL 

 

Like Dan, my Father, Uncles, & many Cousins all attended St. Ed's before & with me. Growing up we always followed the Eagles athletics teams with great interest, and attended many summer sports camps, as well as Skills & Thrills (The Precursor to "Get the Edge.") St. Edward became a second home to myself, and my cousin / classmate Brendan Wentz '01 growing up. We rarely came home until late each night, and were on campus early before school to be a part of clubs, morning communion services, or athletic training sessions. 

 

Having the opportunity to return to St. Edward as a professional has been an exciting, and fulfilling experience. Our community is continuing to grow in so many exceptional ways supporting our students' growth in faith & character, through academic excellence, & nationally renowned extracurricular opportunities. I am very much looking forward to getting to know many future Eagles, and their families this coming year! 

Molly Pietch

Admission Operations Manager

 

Molly is a native of West Park, where she attended St. Mark grade school, Magnificat High School, Class of ‘95, and the University of Toledo. Molly currently resides in Bay Village where she and her husband Matt are raising their four children, Annie, Matt, Jack and Michael. Before starting at St. Edward, Molly worked for Saint Raphael School in Bay Village, the school in which her children attended.  While working at St. Raphael, she held various positions such as Teacher’s Aide, School Secretary, and lastly, serving as the school’s Administrative Assistant/Admissions Coordinator. Her admissions experience, coupled with her involvement and volunteer time spent at St. Edward makes her a great addition to our Admissions team. 

 

Molly comes from a very large family, with many graduates from St. Edward High School, including her father, Ray Coughlin ‘67,  brother Tim Coughlin ’90, her sons, Matt ‘20, Jack ‘23, Michael ‘28, nephews, Casey Coughlin ‘19, and Sean Coughlin ‘20, just to name a few.  

 

In her free time, Molly enjoys spending her time with family, most notably, having Sunday Dinners every Sunday at her parents house, along with her siblings, nieces and nephews. 

 

Molly’s favorites:

Favorite sport: Rugby

Favorite singer Bruce Springsteen

Favorite vacay spot: Emerald Isle, NC 

 

“As a parent of Edsmen, I have always been impressed by the ways in which St. Edward embodies the Holy Cross Mission and teaches young men what it means to live and act as men of hope and integrity each and every day. Now that I have experienced St. Ed’s from an inside perspective, it is even more apparent what a special place it is, and I look forward to ways In which I can create new relationships with incoming students and their families.