PINNACLE GIRLS LACROSSE
LISA OJEA - Head Varsity Coach
Lisa Ojea is in her first season with the Pinnacle Girls Lacrosse Program.
Ojea brings over ten years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level that includes stops at Rutgers, Louisville, James Madison and Virginia Tech, as well as experience at the Collegiate Club level serving as Head Coach as Grand Canyon University.
At Grand Canyon University (2015-2016), Ojea guided the third-year program to their first winning season, a conference (WWLL) championship, and undefeated season prior to entering WCLA Nationals. Entering the tournament as the fifth seed, the Lopes picked up two wins to finish the season 13-2 and a 4th place national finish. The team placed five players on the WWLL all-conference teams and added three academic All-Americans.
While at Rutgers (2011-2013), Ojea lead a defense in 2013 that ranked 6th in goals against amongst all NCAA Division I programs. Ojea coached an All-American goalkeeper and five student-athletes selected to the All-Region team.
During 2006-2010, Ojea helped transition the University of Louisville program to the NCAA Division I level. In only the second year as a program, Louisville advanced to post-season play in the Big East Tournament. In 2006, Ojea was instrumental in helping James Madison University win the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular-season and tournament titles and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The team boasted 2-All-Americans and the CAA conference player and defender of the year. Ojea started her coaching career at Virginia Tech.
Lisa Ojea (formerly Lisa Staedt) was a student-athlete at James Madison. Ojea was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy that recognizes the nation’s top player as a senior in 2003 and was also a 2002 Tewaaraton Trophy nominee.
A four-year starter, Ojea was a member of James Madison’s 2001 and 2003 CAA championship teams and the James Madison’s 2000 NCAA semifinalist finish. Ojea played in three (2000, 2001, 2003) NCAA Tournaments. During her playing career, Ojea was a three-time All-America (2001, 2002 and 2003), a three-time (2001-03) All-South honoree, first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and all-state (Virginia Sports Information Directors) choice. Ojea was voted the 2002 and 2003 CAA Player of the Year and 2003 CAA Tournament most valuable player. Ojea was named to the conference all-tournament team in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Ojea was named to the CAA Silver Anniversary team. Most recently, Ojea was inducted into the JMU Hall of Fame in 2014 and the US Lacrosse Virginia Chapter in 2015. Ojea was also a member of the U.S. Developmental Team from 2001-03 and the Elite Squad in 2006-07.
Ojea graduated with her Master’s degree in Health and Physical Education in 2006 from Virginia Tech and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from James Madison in 2003.
Larissa will be returning to Pinancle Lacrosse Club this year.
Larissa is a Arizona State Board Licensed nurse working at the Banner Desert Medical Center trauma and telemetry unit. Her vast understanding of the body's anatomy allows Larissa to communicate to the girls effectively the importance of taking care of themselves both on and off the field. Moreover, her experience in fast paced critical health care situtations gives Pinnacle Lacrosse piece of mind relating to on field injuries that may occur. Larissa also has experience as a wellness coach which allows her to help the athletes in all areas of personal wellness from good nutirtion, setting goals to work towards and promoting a positive self image.
As a player, Larissa was a varsity player at Pinnacle High School from 2009-2012. She was the girls Arizona National Team representative from 2010-2012. Upon graduation, she began coaching young girls the game of lacrosse, coordinating games/practices with coaches, families and volunteers. During this time, she also received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University graduating Magna cum Laude Honors.
Larissa is very philinthropic donating her time to worthy organizations such as Feed My Starving Children and St. Mary's Food Bank. She has participated in various fundraising events such as Walk MS and St. Jude Walk to End Childhood Cancer, to name a few.
Larissa's focus will be on working with the girls to develop the strategy and stick skills they need to succeed at the game of lacrosse. She will also work with the girls on speed and agility in order to improve their overall performance on the field. Finally, Larissa will provide a good example for the girls given her ability to balance a successful nursing career and overall health and nutrition, while still finding time to give back to the community.
REGINALD YOUNGER - Head of Player Development