Our Coaches

At Ripcurl Lacrosse, we believe in personal development through athletics, teamwork, and community engagement. We encourage our athletes to grow as a player, enjoy the thrill of competition and fall in love with the game of lacrosse.  Our goal is to develop our local players into national-level competitors.  Local practices with the area's best high school coaches, Ripcurl looks forward to becoming a dominant presence in the lacrosse community. 

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

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

Full Time: Ripcurl Director and Mom of Conor & Emily

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

Sarah Giblin

Youth Coach

Hometown: Noank, CT

Sports Played in HS: Field Hockey and Lacrosse

College: University of Miami, currently working her MBA at UMass School of Business​

Years Coaching: 4

Full Time: Marketing

NEW Coaching Staff


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Jeanette Dunnigan

Middle School Coach

Hometown: Long Island, NY 
College: University of Delaware

DI Lacrosse Player

Coaching: 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

Barbara Peters

Youth Coach

Hometown: New Canaan, CT

Sports played in HS: Lacrosse, field hockey

College: Union College

Major in Marketing

Sports Played in College: Field Hockey

Full Time: GM Athletic Republic

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

Cory Van Hoven

High School Coach

Hometown: Charlotte, NC moved to Long Island, NY, and started playing lacrosse in elementary school. 
High School: played football and lacrosse at David W. Butler High School and travel lacrosse for Team Carolina

College: Stony Brook University -

DI Lacrosse Player. Graduated with a degree in psychology and a minor in political science.  Certificate in Human Resources. 


Favorite Quote: “God gives his hardest battles to his strongest warriors."

Richard Smith

Middle School Coach

Hometown: Canton, MA

Sports Played: Baseball, Cross Country

College: Norwich University

Occupation:  Owns several Ice cream stores on Cape Cod