Ripcurl Coaches
Heather Chase O'Neill

Hometown: Haddonfield NJ
Sports Played in HS: track, field hockey, basketball, cross country
College: Syracuse University 

Athletic Scholarship to play D1 Field Hockey
Years Coaching: 12 years
Head Coach: Sarasota HS

Cofounded The Casey Powell World Lacrosse Foundation (CPWLF) in 2014
Former Executive Director, CPWLF

Full Time: Associate Teacher at CDS

Mom of Conor & Emily

Favorite Quote: "We may not have it all together, but together we have it all."

Heather Ballew
Head Coach

Hometown: Annapolis, MD

Sports Played in HS: Soccer & Lacrosse

College: Clemson University 

Club Lacrosse, President of Lacrosse Club

Co-founded Southeastern Women's Lacrosse League (SWLL)

Years Coaching Lacrosse: 20+ years 

coaching girls rec and club girls lacrosse

Assistant Coach: Sarasota HS

Full Time: Realtor

US Lacrosse Certified Official

Mom of Kyla, Kellan, Kase & Kora


Favorite Quote: "Be awesome or don’t be awesome, so be awesome." ~Cathy Reese


"Teamwork makes the dream work!"

Jeanette Dunnigan
Head Coach

Hometown: Long Island, NY 
College: University of Delaware

DI Lacrosse Player

Head Defensive Coach, St. Joseph's College Women's Lacrosse; Coach, JV High School Lacrosse; Assistant Coach, Molloy College DII its inaugural year.

Currently: US Lacrosse Certified Official 


Favorite Quote: “I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I've lost almost 300 games.  26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I've failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed." ~Michael Jordan

Ashley McLeod
Head Coach

Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Sports Played in High School: Soccer, Lacrosse, Swimming, Tennis

College: Dennison University 

Division III Lacrosse Player

Years Coaching : 9

Head Coach: Riverview HS

Full Time: Teacher with law degree

Mom of Caspian

Favorite Quotes: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." ~Will Durant  

"You can observe a lot by just watching." 

~Yogi Berra

Christiana Walker
Head Coach

Hometown: Jarrettsville, MD

Sports Played in HS: Soccer, Lacrosse, Cross Country

College: High Point 

Played Club Lacrosse and Rowing

Years Coaching: 6 years 

Former Assistant Coach: Cardinal Mooney HS

Full Time: Interior Decorator 

Favorite Quote: "You must be the change you want to see in the world." Gandhi

Trey Taylor
Boys Travel Coach

Hometown: Barrington, RI

Sports: Played in HS: D1 Captain Men's Lacrosse, Cross Country, Soccer, Badminton

College: Miami of Ohio / USF// Double major in Economics and Supply Chain Management 

Full Time: Broker at BBK Logistics INC

Favorite Quote: 80% of the effects come from 20%. of the causes." Vilfredo Pareto

Travis O'Brien
Boys Travel Coach

Hometown: Portsmouth, RI

Sports played in HS: Lacrosse football

College: Mount Ida -

Major in Sports Management 

Sports Played in College: DIII Football, Club Lacrosse

Fulltime: GM Athletic Republic

Favorite Quote: "The only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion.  No one remembers anything else." John Madden


Gavin Engert
Boys Youth Director

Hometown - Sarasota, Florida

Sports played in High School - Lacrosse Football and Soccer

Colleges - St. Leo University and

Florida State University

Years Coaching - 5 years

Fulltime: Project Manager/ Estimator