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
High School 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!"

Ashley McLeod
High School 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

Jeanette Dunnigan
Middle School 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

Kendall Gay
Middle School Coach

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Sports Played in HS: Baseball, Football, Surfing, Knee Boarding, Water Skiing

College: University of South Florida

Years Coaching Lacrosse: 10

Assistant Coach: Sarasota High School

Full Time: 29 Years as a Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Marketing Research Professional. Currently, VP, Healthcare – MarketVision Research, Inc.

US Lacrosse, Level 3 Certified Coach

Husband to the ever-patient Melissa Gay for 28 years

Father to Bryce and Brock Gay

Favorite Quote: “If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.” – Carol Dweck

Barbara Peters
Girls U6 Youth Coach

Hometown: NewCanaan, 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

Tyler Liotta
Youth Coach

Hometown - Duxbury, MA

Sports played in High School 

IMG Lacrosse
Enjoys fishing, golf and coaching youth lacrosse 

Colleges - University of Hofstra and

Quinippiac College Majoring in economics

* Played lacrosse in Japan as part of the Lacrosse Makes Friends Foundation

Full Time: Project Manager

Christiana Walker
Youth 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