LEADERSHIP & COACHES

Once great players, now great coaches. We’re role models that care deeply about our Ballers as people and players.

Schuyler Horn

Founder, CEO

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Coach Horn grew up in rural Connecticut spending much of his younger life in the outdoors. He started playing lacrosse in 6th grade after seeing his older cousins play the sport. Schuyler immediately connected with the sport and has loved it ever since.

In 7th grade his middle school team was in need of a goalie, and in order to contribute and play, he decided to hop in between the pipes. In high school he played for Kingswood Oxford School where he competed against some of the best high schools in New England. He went on to play for Wheaton College in Massachusetts where he was a 4 year starter, the 2008 team MVP and voted a captain his senior year.

After coaching for several club programs around the country, and spending a year coaching at Pacific Grove High School, Coach Horn founded Bixby Ballers Lacrosse to take the game to the next level in the area.

In his free time Coach Horn enjoys playing music (he’s a rad trumpet player), surfing, skiing, and hiking in Big Sur.

Will Casertano

Director, Ballers Academy

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Will Casertano is a native of New York, where he learned to play lacrosse from his dad who played at Amherst College and brothers who played at Amherst and Yale. Will played his high school ball at highly touted Salisbury School in CT and furthered his career at Villanova University. At Villanova, Will started at attack for four years as a crafty lefty and finished his career 12th all-time in points. Highlights of his career include a game winning goal against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, a trip to Denver University in the NCAA tournament in what was the first playoff game west of the Mississippi, and a Big East championship. 

Will began his coaching career as a 16-year-old on the summer camp circuit with Trilogy Lacrosse, a leader in lacrosse education, and he continued to work with them throughout his summers in high school and college. After college, Will worked full-time with Trilogy Lacrosse as a National Director of their camps, clinics, tournaments, coaches seminars, recruiting events, and more. While working for Trilogy Lacrosse, Will was mentored by legends of the game Ryan Boyle, Matt Striebel, and Mitch Belisle. After Trilogy, Will followed his familial ties to education and taught and coached at Brunswick School in Connecticut. There he helped them win a New England Championship in '17 and reach a #2 national ranking in '18. 

Currently, Will lives in Pebble Beach and works at Stevenson School where he teaches & coaches. His coaching style and lacrosse philosophy are holistic. Lacrosse has taught him life lessons like discipline, grit, creativity, communication, accountability, and responsibility. Lacrosse has bonded him with his family, created lifelong friendships, connected him with the land, taken him to countries like Guatemala, and provided emotional and physical solace in challenging times. To Will, lacrosse is much more than a game but an environment to play, learn, grow, exercise mind, body, and spirit, experience the world, connect with people, and develop transferable skills.

Will’s purpose in life is to pass on the game to others and support people on their journey as players and people. 

Off the field, Coach Cas loves the outdoors, skiing, hiking, camping, traveling the world and exploring new places and cultures, speaking Spanish, bluegrass music and reggae, and playing soccer and tennis. 

Alex Haggerty

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Alex Haggerty played NCAA Division III at Ohio Wesleyan University. As a defensemen, his contributions helped the Bishops gain 4 NCAA playoff berths and win their conference in 2010 & 2011. In 2014 he served as the Head Coach for Temecula Valley High School leading them to an 11-3-1 season. For the last two lacrosse seasons (2019/2020), he has served as the Defensive Coordinator for San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, CA. He is passionate about creating leaders while using lacrosse as a platform and is committed to growing the game in Monterey. He joined Monterey High School in 2021 to teach social studies and start a boy's lacrosse team. In his free time Alex can be found outdoors; sailing, hiking, biking, and camping.

Codi Mullen

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Codi Mullen

From Wading River on Long Island, New York, Codi started playing lacrosse in 2nd grade. She went to Shoreham-Wading River high school, and won three New York State Championships. During her senior year she led her team as a captain.

After SWR, Codi went to Peddie School in New Jersey as a post-graduate to further develop herself. From Peddie, Codi took her talents to the Naval Academy, where she followed in her brother's footsteps as a lacrosse player for the academy. Codi balled out during her 4 years at Navy and led her team as a captain during her senior year. In 2016, she graduated from the Naval Academy as a Marine officer with a degree in math and science. During the summer after graduation she coached the women's lacrosse team by leading practices for the incoming freshmen during plebe summer.

While stationed @ Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Codi coached for Onslow Youth Lacrosse and Bogue Elite.

Codi moved to Pacific Grove to further her education at the Naval Postgraduate School to study Operational Analysis. She is a passionate coach that coaches for both Bixby Ballers and Verve. Off the field, Codi competes in triathlons, hikes with her two dogs, snowboards, loves sunsets and hanging with friends.

 

Luke Melcher

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Before moving to Carmel in high school, Luke Melcher grew up in Northampton, Mass. In Northampton, he played for a legend of lacrosse, Matt Striebel, a 2X national champion at Princeton, 2X gold medal winner with team USA , and multiple time MLL Champion.

At Northampton High, Luke played varsity football and lacrosse in grade 9. Upon moving to Carmel, Luke settled in beautifully as a 3 year baller in football and lacrosse. Playing football, he was 1st Team All-County and 3rd Team All-CCS his senior year. On the lacrosse field, he was a 2X USA All-American, league MVP, and holds the Carmel High career points record. Talk about a baller…

In 2020, Coach Melcher was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Carmel High. He has experience coaching and training youth and high school players and is passionate about passing on his skills, grit, and detailed athleticism to the next generation.

 

Jas DePompeo

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Coach Jas is a native of Long Island, New York. During her senior year at Sayville High, Jax was a three sport athlete who played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.

Jas took her talents to the U.S. Naval Academy where she balled out on the lacrosse field. Under the tutelage of legendary coach Cindy Timchal, Jas led her team to 4 Patriot League Championships and 4 NCAA Tournament appearances.

As an attacker, coach Jas was an IWLCA All-American, COSIDA Academic All-American, 3X Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, 2X Patriot League All-Academic Team member and a 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List nominee. During her senior year at Navy, she was a co-captain and set the all time patriot league scoring record. talk about a certified baller...

Jas moved to Carmel Valley to attend the Naval Post Graduate School to get her masters. In her free time, she loves hiking, camping and coaching lacrosse (of course).

Ian Morran

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Ian Morran started playing lacrosse when he was 14 and immediately fell in love with the game. On the inaugural team at Salinas High School, Coach Ian quickly learned that lacrosse is more than a game and that values that he learned on the field like hard work, commitment, and grit helped him develop as a person. 

Ian played all 4 years at Salinas High School, and additionally he played club for Braveheart Lacrosse and Bixby Ballers. After graduating from SHS, Ian played collegiately at Diablo Valley College before returning to Monterey County to coach at Carmel. Currently, Ian coaches our Bixby Ballers Lacrosse boys teams, while he gets his real estate license and works for Balance Physical Therapy. 

Ian cares deeply about growing the game around Monterey County and loves showing our players how to set goals, work hard, and persist through challenges. He’s most psyched to give back to Salinas and help the game grow there. 

Dillon Staples

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Dillon Staples

Coach Staples was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula. He started playing lacrosse in 7th grade for the local program, before making his way to Carmel High School. At Carmel High, Dillon was a 4 year Varsity, 3 year All Conference Attackman. He played during the most successful years in program history. He was a USA All American as a Senior.

He was recruited to play lacrosse at the NCAA level at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, where he played his Freshman season. He then continued on to play at Cabrini University in Radnor, PA for the tenure of his collegiate career with the Cabrini Club Lacrosse team, where he set the all time scoring record and was elected Captain. He graduated in 2020, Summa Cum Laude.

After college, Dillon returned back to the Monterey Peninsula to pursue a career in Real Estate and coach his alma mater, Carmel High School, as well as continue to coach throughout different levels with the Bixby Ballers development program and club teams.

Chris Mangiola

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Chris Mangiola

Chris Mangiola moved to Granite Bay in the greater SAC area when he was 3 years old and went to Granite Bay High School where he played soccer and lacrosse. As a midfielder for GB, Coach Mangiola and his JV team went undefeated back to back seasons and won a CCS championship. As a soccer player he was a goaltender. 

After high school, Coach Mangiola went to Cal Poly SLO as an agribusiness student. At Cal Poly, Chris attributes his success to the time management, commitment, and grittiness he learned as an athlete in high school. 

In 2019, the agriculture industry drew him to Salinas to initially pursue a career in food service.  Currently, he works at Sysco Foods, and is the head lacrosse coach at Palma. For Bixby Ballers Lacrosse, Coach Mang coaches our boys programs and led the first ever Salinas Lacrosse Camp.

Coach Mangiola is passionate about mentoring players and developing lacrosse along the Central Coast.

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