PT Girls Lacrosse Club Coaches 2021

U8 Coach

Rebecca Liebegott

Rebecca is extremely excited to be involved in lacrosse again. She grew up in Buffalo, NY. She started playing lacrosse in 8th grade, then went on to play Division III women’s lacrosse at Hiram College. Her freshman year was the first year for the program and she scored the first goal in program history. She coached at the girls Burning River club lacrosse program while in college with her head coach for one year. She looks forward to teaching the girls one of her greatest passions in life and sharing her love of the game.

U8 Coach

Katie Novelli

Katie is an elementary art teacher.  In high school, she played for the first Peters Township Girls Lacrosse Club starting in 1992. In 1995, the lacrosse club became a varsity sport.  It was something that they were very proud to have achieved.  She is so happy to see how Peters Township girls lacrosse has grown and is so excited to get to be a part of it again! She is looking forward to a fun season!

U8 Coach

Cole Beachler

Bio Coming Soon!

U8 Coach

Paige McLain

Bio Coming Soon!

U10 Head Coach

Jayna Palumbo

Jayna started playing lacrosse in fifth grade. The first time she stepped on the field, she fell in love with the game and never looked back. She is so grateful with how many opportunities she was given to play. She played for the North Catholic Trojanettes inaugural team in 2016 and served as Captain in 2019. She led the team to the second round of WPIAL playoffs. She was a was a member of Pittsburgh True Lacrosse for six years. Jayna was recruited to DIII Washington & Jefferson College Presidents, then transferred to University of Pittsburgh to play for the Lady Panther Lacrosse Club. Jayna was a coaching intern for Pittsburgh True Lacrosse rising eighth graders in 2019, a camp counselor for Sewickley Valley YMCA Teen Camp in 2021 and a coaching intern for Pittsburgh Premier Lacrosse Club rising middle school team in 2021. Jayna has a Coaching Education Program Level 1 Certification for lacrosse. She is studying at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in English Literature with minor in French Language and Teacher Education. She is a sister of Alpha Delta Pi-Alpha Iota serving as Sustainability Chair and serves as Social Media and Event Planner for Lady Panther Lacrosse Club. She believes that you should take chances as an athlete and learn as much as you can at a young age. It is important to grow as much as you can.

U10 Coach

Krista Openbrier

Krista played lacrosse for Bethel Park High School. She is looking forward to teaching the kids how to play lacrosse and work together as a team.

U10 Coach

Laura Cordero

Laura is excited to participate as a coach this season.  She enjoys developing athletic skills while having fun.  An area of focus will be to work as a team to build positive relationships on the field.

U10/U12 Coach

Lauren O’Brian

Lauren has a long history with lacrosse. She started playing lacrosse in 8th grade and played in multiple All-Star games. She has coached for 8 years, started the youth program for BP before moving to PT, and has served numerous positions on 2 lacrosse boards. Both of her daughters have played lacrosse too. She has a Coaching Education Program Level 2 Certification for lacrosse. Lauren is very excited for this season and is passionate about teaching fundamental lacrosse skills and sharing her knowledge of the game.

U12 Coach

Brent Yates

Brent has been a sports fan his entire life. He wrestled at Drexel University in college and has been involved with girls lacrosse for the last 5 years with his daughter, Abby. He coached the U10 team at Bethel Park for two years prior to moving to Peters Township where he continued to coach. His goals with any team that he helps coach are consistent improvement and creating an environment that is enjoyable for the athletes to compete in.

U12 Coach

Lisa Douglas

Lisa is very excited to be a part of PT Girls Lacrosse! She started her lacrosse career her freshman year at PTHS. She then went on to play at Ohio University during her freshman year. Then she co-founded the Ohio University Women’s Club Lacrosse team and played for 2 years. She is happy to return to Peters Township lacrosse in a coaching role to help support an amazing youth program.

U12 Coach

Jessi Phelps

Jessi is a freshman at California University of Pennsylvania. She played for Peters Township from the youth program to the high school, and with Pittsburgh Premier Lacrosse Club for 3 seasons. Jessi helped out with the youth program as a coach and with the Best of Both Sports camp during the summers when she was in high school. She loves lacrosse, especially for all of the great friendships that she formed while playing. She believes that all players should show respect to each other, coaches, referees, and opponents. She is excited to coach this season.

U14 Head Coach

Tia Mussitsch

Tia is returning as our U14 coach. Tia is looking forward to this season! Tia played lacrosse for nine years with Peters Township and graduated in 2019 as a captain of the high school team. She played for Pittsburgh Premier Lacrosse Club and Intrepid Lacrosse Club as a midfielder and attacker. Tia is now attending California University of Pennsylvania where she is pursuing elementary education and special education. She also works at the Goddard School in Peters Township as a support teacher. Tia has a Coaching Education Program Level 1 Certification for lacrosse. She loves to share her passion for lacrosse while coaching and enjoys watching the team improve every game!

U14 Coach

Sam McVicker

Sam started playing lacrosse at age 11. At the time there were no teams for this age group, she attended clinics and camps until high school. As a player at PTHS many years ago, she assisted in developing a program within the Township for middle school aged players.  She went on to play at the collegiate level for a year at Goucher College in Towson, MD. After transferring schools, she opted not to play, but missed the game immensely! Many years later after coaching her kids through soccer and softball, she is excited to return to lacrosse.  She looks forward to helping further the development of the U14 players.  She will strive to create a competitive and fun environment where the girls will learn how to be an integral part of a team both on and off the field.

U14 Coach

Adrianna Costanza

Adrianna is a 2021 graduate of PTHS and played on both the field hockey and lacrosse teams. As a Captain of the 2021 varsity team, Adrianna helped lead the high school lacrosse team to the WPIAL playoffs. Adrianna brings depth of coaching experience to the girls youth lacrosse program as she is currently the Assistant Field Hockey and Lacrosse Coach for the PTMS teams. She started playing both sports in elementary school and recognizes the importance and value of youth sports programs. Throughout high school, Adrianna volunteered for youth camps and really enjoys helping the players develop their skills and gain confidence in themselves. Adrianna has a passion for coaching and development and is pursuing a degree in Exercise Science from California University of PA with hopes of becoming a coach and trainer.

U14 Coach

Alison Shoub

Alison is a longtime resident of Peters Township. She resides here with her husband, Chris, and 2 children, Addison and Carter. Alison graduated from Peters Township High School in 1998 and played lacrosse all 4 years of high school. Alison looks forward to the opportunity to share her love of the sport with your daughters.

Other Coaches

Mara Rayburg

Mara is a Peters Township grad who has been playing Lacrosse for the past 10 years, with her career starting in 4th grade when she joined the Peters Township Lacrosse Club. She continued playing for Peters throughout high school as a midfielder, and was voted a two-year varsity captain in addition to earning All-WPIAL honors her senior year. She played for Pittsburgh Premier Lacrosse Club for 4 years as a defender, and is now a Sophomore at Ohio State where she is an active member of the Women’s Club Lacrosse Team. Through coaching, she hopes to help these girls set a strong foundation for the rest of their lacrosse careers, as well as spark the same love of the game that was ignited in her at their age.

Rachel Raber

achel will be a junior at Penn State this fall. She went to high school at Peters Township and played soccer, lacrosse, and swam. She started playing lacrosse in 4th grade and eventually became the captain of the varsity team her senior year before Covid ended her last season of lacrosse. She is currently on the club soccer team at Penn State and won the National Championship last fall. Lacrosse has been a part of her life since an early age and she is so excited to help coach young athletes like she once was. She thinks it is really important to teach young players that it is ok to make mistakes. The best way to get better is to learn from your mistakes and not be afraid to try something new.

Player Development Manager

JB Wilcox

JB did not grow up playing lacrosse. He learned the sport while attending the Naval Academy. He and his wife got involved in lacrosse when their children started playing in the spring of 2003 and they have been involved in the sport ever since. He has coached both boys’ and girls’ lacrosse at all levels, from kindergarten through high school. He has a Coaching Education Program Level I Certification for lacrosse. His whole family loves the game. His wife, Audrey, is currently the girls’ varsity lacrosse head coach at the high school, and 3 of their 4 children played lacrosse in college. His coaching philosophy is simple. He wants lacrosse to be the best part of every player’s day. It should be fun! He teaches sound individual fundamentals and team play. Above all, he believes in “Honoring the Game.” That means you respect the game, and that you play it with same purpose and reverence that the Native Americans played it with. Honoring the Game means that playing the game the right way is more important than winning. It means that a worthy opponent is something to be cherished. It means always respecting your teammates, opponents, coaches and officials. And maybe most importantly, it means that lacrosse is a TEAM sport. Individual accolades or statistics mean less; how you treat people, both on and off the field, how you play the game, means more.

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