Leadership

Gratitude - Service - Kindness

Michael Mabry has served the Northern Virginia lacrosse community and beyond as a coach, trainer, director, coordinator and mentor since 2016. His passion for understanding and coaching the whole athlete has kept him committed to developing his craft through various certifications and training programs. He is a certified Sources of Strength Trainer, Mental Performance Mastery Coach, EXOS Performance Specialist and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach. His life vision has led him to the formation of the Mabry Academy and he couldn’t be more excited to get started with Casey O’Neill and the rest of the team. 


From 2016-2021 Mabry was serving as assistant coach and defensive coordinator for St. Paul VI Catholic high school.  While at PVI, Mabry coached and developed 19 Division I players, 12 First Team All State Selections, 11 First Team All WCAC Selections, 7 Division III players, 2 First Team All Metro Selections, a US Lacrosse All American, an Under Armour All American and a Bob Scott All American award recipient. In 2018 he helped lead the Panthers to their first Virginia State Title.

 

From 2018 to 2020, Mabry served as Director of Coaches and Players Development for the Hammers Lacrosse Club in Leesburg, Virginia. As a coach and a director, Mabry helped guide 59 players from 2017-2020 on to play lacrosse at the NCAA level. Prior to Hammers, he served as the Director of Lacrosse Performance Training at The Grind Strength and Conditioning.

As a player, Mabry was selected to play in the Champion All-American game in 2011 after serving as a team captain and All-District defenseman for Broad Run high school in Ashburn, Virginia. In college he was selected to serve as Team Captain in both his junior and senior campaigns for Christopher Newport University. Mabry earned his way onto the VASID All State Team and CAC All Conference Team in 2016. He finished his career as the all time leader in starts at Christopher Newport and was selected to the All Decade Team.

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Michael Mabry

President

Casey O’Neill was a part of Gonzaga Lacrosse program for 21 seasons—the last 14 as Head Coach, compiling an overall record of 211-54 (119-9 WCAC). Under his leadership, the Eagles have won nine WCAC championships with seven straight at one point (from 2010-2016) with a mark of 84 straight conference wins.

 

He’s received numerous coaching awards, including WCAC Coach of the year (four times) and Washington Post All-Metropolitan Area Coach of the Year. His teams have featured 15 US Lacrosse All-Americans, 49 WCAC 1st team All-League players, 16 Washington Post First Team All Mets, five Washington Post #1 rankings, 10 top 25 national rankings (four-time top 3) and over 110 players who have gone on to play lacrosse at the college level.

Coach O’Neill also served as the Assistant Athletic Director at Gonzaga for 14 years, ran the Purple Eagle Lacrosse youth camp for two decades, and helped with multiple youth lacrosse programs around the area. He has spoken at multiple coaching clinics including the US Lacrosse National Convention. He is the former Chairman for the US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter and a proud recipient of the 2015 Rev. Allen P. Novotny, S.J. Service Award. Casey, his wife, Erica, and their children Cole, Chloe, and Claire live in Silver Spring, MD.

 

Casey was a multisport high school athlete and midfielder on the 1993 Gonzaga WCAC Championship-winning lacrosse team. He was recruited by Lehigh University as a middie and played every midfield position throughout his career while helping the Mountain Hawks to a Patriot League championship in 1999, and received the team’s “Coach’s Award” in 2000.

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Casey O'Neill

VP/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Lyndsey Munoz

Director of girls program

Lyndsey Muñoz brings a diverse background of experience to the Mabry Academy. Currently, Muñoz serves as the assistant coach for the George Mason University women’s lacrosse team, working with the defense and goalies. Previous to her full-time position with the Patriots, she volunteered with the team in the spring of 2021, worked as a consultant with Johns Hopkins University, and volunteered at Ohio State and Cal Lutheran.

 

In addition to her collegiate proficiency, Munoz worked for three years at the Academy of Lacrosse in Santa Monica, Calif., from 2018-20, where she grew participation in the game, developed performance and skill training programs. While in that role, she also led the LA Women's Developmental National Team as Co-Head Coach and was the head coach for the Westlake High School varsity program earning league coach of the year in 2019.

 

Muñoz also has experience growing the game in the DMV, where she served as the program director for the Washington Inner City Lacrosse Foundation from 2014-16. She nearly doubled enrollment during her tenure, bringing the sport to 1,500 youth in Washington, DC and starting the city's first elementary school lacrosse league.

 

Since 2017, Muñoz has continued to run LM Training, utilizing her certifications in nutrition, strength and conditioning, mental performance, and mindfulness to help athletes achieve peak performance through a holistic wellness approach.

 

She has continued to foster an active playing career throughout her post-collegiate life and currently is in the selection process to play for the Spanish National Team at the 2022 World Cup in Towson.

 

A standout goaltender at Stanford from 2011-14, Munoz ranks fourth all time in saves (400) and is seventh in goals against average (10.58). She led the Cardinal to three NCAA appearances in her four seasons, including the program's first-ever tournament win over Notre Dame in 2013.

Jeff Schwartz has been a coach and mentor at nearly every level of the sport. Graduating from The University of Lynchburg as a 2x All ODAC player at the Face-Off X, Schwartz held the all time F/O percentage record at Lynchburg for 9 years (61.3%) until it was broken after the 2021 season. Schwartz stayed on to coach at Lynchburg as a graduate assistant helping the Hornets reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.

Upon leaving Lynchburg, Schwartz moved to Israel to take on a role as Head Coach of the Israeli Men’s National Lacrosse Team. When living in Israel in the southern coastal cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon, Schwartz helped to start up the Ashdod youth program from scratch while preparing the National Team to compete in the 2016 European Championship games. Schwartz led the Blue and White to a silver medal losing to All-Time defending champion England 7-6. Schwartz also served as an assistant coach for the Israeli National Team at the 2018 World Lacrosse Championships and is on staff as an assistant and defensive coordinator in preparation for the 2023 World Championships that will be held in San Diego, CA.

 

After returning from Israel, Schwartz joined the coaching staff at Paul VI High School helping the Panthers win a VISAA State Championship in 2018. Schwartz served as a Face Off coach, Offensive Assistant and Defensive Assistant during his time with PVI.

Schwartz brings a highly diversified background to the Mabry Academy coaching staff. As a certified Mental Performance coach and a Masters candidate in Sport Psychology, Schwartz aims to help all members of the Academy achieve not only mastery of their lacrosse craft, but mastery of their mental game as well.

Roman Puglise is a DMV lifer. He grew up in Northern Virginia playing rec ball for Springfield Youth, attended Paul VI High School, and then continued his career at the University of Maryland. While at Maryland, he was a member of the 2022 Undefeated National Champions, serving as a team captain and playing a pivotal role in having a Top 5 Defense and igniting the #1 transition game in the country. Puglise was drafted in the first round of the PLL Draft, 7thoverall, to the Whipsnakes LC.

 

Puglise garnered numerous acknowledgements over his 5 year career at Maryland. He was voted a 3x team captain, the first in Maryland history. He was named the Maryland Student-Athlete of the Year, received the B1G Medal of Honor (highest award given out at a Big Ten institution), and was named a finalist for the prestigious Senior Class Award. Excelling both on and off the field, Puglise was named a 3x All-American, 2x All-B1G, 2x Academic All-American, and 4x Academic All-B1G. 

 

In addition to academics and athletics, Puglise was and still remains heavily involved in the community. He has served as a club coach with Virginia Lacrosse Club and volunteered at a multitude of camps. With all that being said, Puglise says his greatest accomplishment has been his work with mental health. Helping to form the Maryland Student-Athletes Mentorship program, Puglise dove head first into working to end the stigma around college athletics. He continues to volunteer with numerous mental health organizations, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and 15 for Life, and speak openly about his story and the power of seeking help.

 

Coach Michael Mabry and Puglise started training together during Puglise’s sophomore year of high school and they have formed an unbreakable bond. Coach has served as a constant mentor, role model, and friend throughout Puglise’s career. They both always talked about and dreamed of working together to create more relationships like the one they have, and making a massive positive impact on individuals around them. Now with the two heads together, they are ready to embark on that dream, taking a holistic approach to enhancing the potential of both person and player to the highest form.

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rOMAN pUGLISE

Coach