COACHES

OCUNITED_BLACK_KIRKPATRICKBRIAN EISENBERG

Pomona-Pitzer | NCAA DIII Assistant Coach
Esperanza HS Varsity Head Coach
Formerly Coached Chapman University | NCAA DIII

Brian Eisenberg, Co-founder of, and Programming Coordinator for, OC UNITED Lacrosse, brings experience and passion to the organization. Eisenberg enters the Fall 2017 as the interim Head Coach for Pomona Pitzer College as Head Coach Sarah Queener is on maternity leave.  In Spring 2018, he will stay on as an assistant.

Eisenberg was the first coach for the Chapman University Panthers, leading that team to a winning record in the inaugural year of women’s lacrosse at Chapman which earned him Western Women’s Lacrosse League (WWLL) Division II Coach of the Year honors in 2009. In 2011, Eisenberg’s third season as head coach, the team went undefeated (17 – 0) to win Division II regional (WWLL) and national (WCLA) championships which earned him 2011 Coach of the Year for both the WWLL and WCLA Division II. The Panthers moved to Division I club for the 2012 season, where they finished second in the region (WWLL) and 12th nationally (WCLA). In spring 2013, the Panthers joined the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and competed at the NCAA Division III level, where they finished 14 – 5 and second in the conference, just missing the NCAA playoffs. In spring 2014, the panthers suffered some early season ending injuries to key players and ended up with their first sub .500 season.  In the spring of 2012, Eisenberg spent one season with El Dorado HS, where he helped the team reach playoffs for the first time in the program’s history, making it to the second round.  Since 2013, he has spent his time at Esperanza High School, where the team has improved it’s record each season and tied Newport Harbor for the league title in the spring of 2015.  He has also founded and has been developing the NOC Lacrosse girls community youth, and high school local off season, program to help serve all high schools in, and around, the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District.

Eisenberg’s coaching experience started from the men’s side of the game, but quickly took to the intricacies of the women’s game.  In addition to coaching, Eisenberg has also had the opportunity to work as a team manager with two local professional lacrosse teams, the Anaheim Storm 2004 – 05 (indoor) and the L.A. Riptide 2006 – 08 (outdoor).  Eisenberg, a Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetic, from Baltimore, Md., did not let that hold him back from playing sports. A three-sport athlete in high school (ice hockey, soccer and lacrosse), he played both men’s soccer and lacrosse at Chapman, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in May, 1999.  Eisenberg recently earned his Masters of Arts in Leadership Development at Chapman University in December 2015.  He resides in Orange County with his wife (Katherine), 7 year old daughter (Charlie), 5 year old son (Eli) and 2 dogs(Hendrix and Muddy).


OC UNITED - KirkpatrickDANIEL “DK” KIRKPATRICK

Chapman University | NCAA DIII Head Coach

Daniel Kirkpatrick brings a wealth of knowledge to OC UNITED. He joined the Chapman University coaching staff in 2010, less than a year removed from his college career. Kirkpatrick dedicated four years of playing for the Men’s Lacrosse team, serving as the team goalie from 2006-09 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

After three successful seasons serving as an assistant on the women’s lacrosse team and five with the men’s lacrosse team, when Coach Eisenberg stepped down, he assumed the position of head coach for women’s lacrosse 2015 season.

The women’s lacrosse team finished its 2015 season 8-6 and included a first round advancement to the SCIAC Championships.  In 2016, the Panthers ended the regular season in a 3-way tie for first place in their conference and lost in the conference Championship game.  This still earned them their first bid to the NCAA post season, where they lost in the first round to another OC UNITED Coach, Sarah Queener, and the Pomona Pitzer Sagehens.

Over the years he has coached 15 First Team All-Americans, led the men’s lacrosse team to four league finals and in 2011 the Panthers were named League Champs. As the women’s lacrosse assistant his team was named IWLCA Academic Honor Squad 2014 and he had 3 players nominated for All-SCIAC. The team was also SCIAC Finalist in their 2013 season

 


BOB MEZEUL 

The summer of 2016 will be Bob’s first season with OC UNITED.  Bob is the current head coach for both Santa Margarita Catholic High School program and UC Irvine’s club team.  Bob brings a wealth of knowledge, especially in goalie training, and an excitement to teach and grow the game in this area.  In his years in Northern California, Bob helped to start youth programs and head coached powerhouse, Amador Valley High School

 

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OC UNITED - Queener

SARAH QUEENER

Pomona-Pitzer | NCAA DIII Head Coach
Formerly coached TEAM OC
Senior All-American at Yale University | NCAA DI

Sarah Queener is a legend in the game of women’s lacrosse. She has completed four seasons as the head coach of the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Lacrosse program, where she has quickly elevated the program to new heights. In 2014, Queener guided the Sagehens to a school-record 16 wins (16-5), the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament and the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. This past, 2015, season, she guided the Sagehens to the SCIAC Championship and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to the #4 ranked Trinity College.

Queener began in 2012 with a team that played several games without any substitites and finished the regular season tied for last in the SCIAC (1-7), but took just two years to lead the Sagehens to a tie for first (8-2) in 2014 and a SCIAC championship in 2015. Prior to joining the Sagehens, Queener spent the previous two years as the head coach of the Newport Harbor High School girls lacrosse program, where she led the Sailors to playoff appearances in each of her two years at the helm.

As the head coach for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps from 2007-2009, Queener’s teams compiled a 40-7 record and qualified for the NCAA tournament in each of her three seasons. She led CMS to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 2007 and their first NCAA tournament win in 2008.

Queener began her collegiate coaching career at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she served as an assistant coach from 2004-2006. She also assisted at Yale University during the fall of 2006.

Queener was four year starter at Yale University where she was a two-time All-Ivy league performer, an IWCLA All-American and a North-South Senior All-Star. During her senior year in 2003, she led the Bulldogs to an Ivy League title and an appearance in the NCAA tournament.

A native of Penn Yan, New York, Queener comes from a lacrosse family. Her parents Harry and Patricia are high school lacrosse coaches at Penn Yan Academy, her brothers Brett and Brice played professionally for the Hamilton Nationals, and her sister Sylvia played at Limestone College and completed her first season as an assistant coach with the Sagehens in 2014.


OC UNITED - Sylvia QueenerSYLVIA QUEENER

Whittier College | NCAA DIII Head Coach

Division II All-American attacker Sylvia Queener completed her second season as an assistant coach on the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Lacrosse staff in 2015. In her two years with the program, she has helped the Sagehens to a 31-9 record, a school record for wins (16 in 2014), and the first SCIAC title and NCAA Tournament win in program history (2015).

Queener, the younger sister of Pomona-Pitzer Head Coach Sarah Queener, joined the Sagehens after serving as an assistant coach at Penn Yan Academy, where she coached both attackers and goalies while specializing in draw work. She helped Penn Yan reach the title game of the Section V playoffs.

She also has additional experience coaching in the Summer Youth Box Lacrosse Program at Penn Yan, which was started over 20 years ago by her parents, Harry and Patricia Queener. She has taught/coached at the program since she was in high school, and took over the girls’ side of the program two years ago with Sarah.

Queener graduated from Limestone College in 2013, after a standout career which saw her start at attack. She was the 2013 Carolinas Conference Co-Player of the year and earned NCAA Division II All-America status. As a senior, she tallied 46 goals, 50 assists, 24 ground balls and 37 draw controls and helped her team reach the NCAA Division II finals. She also earned the Carolinas Conference Spring Scholar-Athlete Award in 2012.

Prior to attending Limestone, Queener was a first-team All-American at Monroe Community College, where she tallied 66 goals and 33 assists. She also led Penn Yan Academy to a New York State championship in 2004 and a runner-up finish in 2006, while twice earning high school All-America honors.


OC UNITED - ArmstrongMATTHEW ARMSTRONG

An English Teacher for Newport Harbor High School, coach Matt became the Girl’s Varsity Head Coach in January of 2012. He was raised in suburban Chicago playing hockey, baseball, soccer, and volleyball, and picked up lacrosse as a freshman in college at the University of Michigan. After playing goalie for the University of Michigan from 1994-1997, he coached JV for the inaugural boys’ team at Arlington high school (MA) in 1998 while receiving his Masters in Education from Harvard University (he is wicked smart!!). From 1999-2002, he assisted the varsity boys at Lake Forest high school (IL). While working with the Sailor Girl’s over the past few years has been his first experience with the girls’ game, he has been able to quickly transition from the boy’s side of the game.

In the Spring of 2015 he lead the Sailors to split a league title with Esperanza and finished #12 in the county.  In the spring of 2016, he lead the sailors to the Orange County post season semi-finals, ending #3/4 in the county.  In the spring of 2017, he lead the sailors to another strong finish, ending their season in the Orange County post season quarter finals and in the top 8 in the county.


JESSICA (HULL) MURRAY

Coach Jess is originally from Annapolis, Maryland, where she attended Broadneck High School and was an All American as a senior. Jess then attended the University of Virginia where she graduated with a degree in Economics. On the field, the team went to the National Championship three out of her four years, and as a senior she captained the team and earned All American status. Since then, Jess has coached at one of the most prestigious high schools (St. Stephen’s St. Agnes) and colleges (University of North Carolina). She is currently assisting Coach Aly at Corona Del Mar High School. She resides in Newport Beach with her husband, Alex, three children, Tatum (11), Tucker (10) and Boden (5), and dog Tugboat.


 SUZETTE SOBOTI 

University of Redlands| NCAA DIII (Soccer and Lacrosse) Head Coach

Formerly coached Team OC and played at NCAA DIII Skidmore College

 

 

 

FORMER COACHES:


OC UNITED - SimonsALY SIMONS

Corona Del Mar HS Varsity Head Coach
Formerly coached UCI’s club team &
assisted at Chapman University | NCAA DIII

Coach Aly is originally from Portland, OR and was a pioneer for girls lacrosse in that area, running girl’s lacrosse camps in Lake Oswego for 5 years before moving to Southern California. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Psychology and a minor in African American Studies and earned a Masters in Social Welfare from UCLA in 2008.

In 2009 she took over the Corona Del Mar High School program and was a pivotal part in growing Wedge youth lacrosse in the Newport Beach area. As the Corona Del Mar coach, she won the OC High School Coach of the Year in 2011 when the Sea Kings made it to the OC CIF Finals. Coach Aly also connected with Brian Eisenberg in 2011, and helped him lead Chapman University to a WCLA DII National Championship and 18-0 season, and in 2012 helped the Panthers to a #12 National Ranking in WCLA DI. In the fall of 2012 she took the helm at UC Irvine.

Outside of lacrosse, Aly is the founder of the Be Better Movement, www.bebettermovement.com, which creates an environment for female self empowerment. Aly resides in the City of Orange with her husband, Cory, daughter Cooper, and dog, Tucker.



OC UNITED - GibbonsKALEIGH GIBBONS

Chapman University | NCAA DIII Assistant Coach

Less than a year removed from her college career, Gibbons returns to the field bringing a wealth of knowledge to the Chapman University Panthers.  The two-time Northeast Conference First-Team All-Conference midfielder was also named to the Northeast Conference All-Tournament Team in 2012 and ’13.  The New Hampshire native was selected as Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2013. During her college career, Gibbons was recognized on and off the field as a Scholar Athlete who was named to the Northeast Conference All-Academic Team 2011-13 and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team in 2014.

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