HEAD COACH: Casey O'Neill '96   coneill@gonzaga.org

Resume 2008-2017

Coaching: 10 Seasons (7 years as varsity assistant prior)

Head Coaching Varsity Record last 10 years: 169-43 (overall) 99-8 (WCAC)

WCAC Championships: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016

WCAC Coach of the Year: 2010, 2011 & 2012

Washington Post ALL-MET Coach of the Year: 2010

Washington, DC All District Coach of the Year: 2008 & 2010

US Lacrosse All-American Coach of the Year Potomac Chapter: 2010

Under Armour Washington DC Team Assistant Coach and Head Coach: 2010(asst), 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017 (head)

Team National Ranking: 2010 (top 25), 2011 (top 20), 2012 (top 3) 2013 (top 3) 2014 (top 10), 2015 (top 3), 2016 (top3)

Washington Post Ranking: 2010 (3), 2011 (3), 2012 (1), 2013 (1), 2014 (2), 2015 (2) 2016 (1) 2017 (7)

US Lacrosse All-Americans: 9

Washington Post 1st Team ALL-METS: 12

WCAC 1st Team ALL-League Players: 39

WCAC Player of the Year: 4

Washington Post Player of the Year: 3

Since Coach O’Neill took over the lacrosse program the Eagles captured their first WCAC championship since 1998 in his third season at the helm in 2010 and then put together SEVEN straight championship seasons. From 2010 to 2017 held a record of 84-0 in WCAC league play until a second place finish in 2017 WCAC championship game. The program’s national and local ranking has been consistent year after year and in just his fifth year, Gonzaga became the number one team in the Washington Post for the first time ever and backed that up again in 2013 AND 2016. Coach has also sent over 75 players in the last ten years to go play college lacrosse.

Casey graduated from Gonzaga in 1996 playing midfield on the varsity for three years beginning as a freshman and winning a WCAC championship in 1993. Coach was an All-WCAC player but missed out on playing his senior year due to a torn ACL while playing running back for the Football Eagles. Despite the injury he was an elected lacrosse captain his senior year. Coach also played basketball for two years and football for three years at Gonzaga. Coach O’Neill went on to play Division One lacrosse at Lehigh University, where they won a Patriot League championship in 1999, were ranked nationally in the top 20 several times and he was the Team Coach’s Award winner in 2000. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in journalism and has worked at Gonzaga for 15 years and is the current Assistant Athletic Director (10 years).

Coach O’Neill runs the Purple Eagle Lacrosse Camps and works with various youth lacrosse programs around the area. He is also a former chairman for the US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter and proud member of the DC High School Lacrosse Coaches Association (DC Classic). His program at Gonzaga has also supported and assisted many local and national charities including Children’s Hospital ($190,000 raised thru "Be Brave and Shave") and partnerships with US soldier units in the Middle East (over 2,000 care packages sent in 10 years). Coach O'Neill's father, Brendan O'Neill Sr. '60, started the lacrosse program at Gonzaga back in 1985 and his brother, Brendan Jr. '86, was on that inaugural team. Casey, his wife Erica, and their children Cole, Chloe and Claire live in Silver Spring, MD.


Andrew Battaile '90: goalies, defense

Coach Battaile is now in his 18th year of coaching with the Gonzaga Lacrosse Program and has served on levels of the program including Head JV Purple coach for two years. Andrew has specialized with the goalies and defense during his coaching tenure and brings many years of coaching experience from all levels. Coach Battaile graduated from Gonzaga in 1990, lettering in football, lacrosse, and rugby. On the lacrosse field, he played goalie for the Eagles. He went on to Georgetown University, where he played club lacrosse and rugby. He graduated with honors in 1994 with a major in English and a minor in History. Coach Battaile is Gonzaga’s Dean of Admissions and also is a Co-Director of the Purple Eagle Lacrosse Camp. In his two season as head coach of the JV Purple, the team has a 21-7 overall record and remained undefeated in WCAC league play. Coach Battaile was named the 2010 US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter Assistant Coach of the Year. He and his wife and two children live Hyattsville, MD.

Jeff King: Defensive Coordinator

Jeff King, a Long Island native, graduated from MacArthur High School in 2002 where he played football, basketball and lacrosse. During his senior year he received All-County and Honorable Mention All America honors in football and lacrosse, respectively. King continued his lacrosse career at Lehigh University where he served as captain for three years. During his sophomore year he made the transition from midfield to defense.  Jeff was a three time All-Patriot League selection at defense and was awarded the Defensive Player of the Year in the Patriot League in 2006. He was voted Athlete of the Year for two consecutive years by his teammates and received the Outstanding Leadership Award by the Lehigh Athletics Dept. After Lehigh, Jeff took his architecture degree and moved to Alexandria, VA. Currently Jeff works for The Clark Construction Group as a Project Executive. In his spare time he coaches many youth around the area. Coach King will enter his 8th year full time with the varsity as the defensive coordinator. In 2012 Jeff was voted as the US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter Assistant Coach of the Year. He and his wife Geneva live in Alexandria, VA.

Jesse Miller: Offense, Man-Up, player development

Jesse Miller is entering his 5th season with the Gonzaga Varsity Men’s Lacrosse team. Before coming to Gonzaga, Miller spent six seasons as an assistant volunteer coach with the Georgetown Hoyas men’s varsity lacrosse team. Jesse primarily worked with the face-off personnel, and he also managed the substitution box in 2012. Before coaching at Georgetown, Miller spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Tufts University in Massachusetts.  While at Tufts, he served as the team’s defensive coordinator in 2005, directed the team’s recruiting efforts, and assisted with fundraising and other team events.  During his time as the graduate assistant, Miller earned a master’s degree of engineering in chemical engineering in 2006. Jesse and former Georgetown and Gonzaga coach, Matt Rienzo, founded Be The Best Lacrosse (www.bethebestlacrosse.com)  in 2012.  Be The Best Lacrosse is an online instructional video series. Coach Miller has also coached youth  lacrosse each fall for Breakout Lacrosse since 2008. Coach Miller has worked full-time as a chemical engineer for the Environmental Protection Agency since 2007.

A four-year letter winner at Tufts, Miller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering in 2004.  As a player, Miller helped lead the Jumbos to a No.10 national ranking and a 13-3 record as a senior in 2004 and to a No. 20 national ranking and an 11-5 mark in 2003.  In 2004, Miller was selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game, and he was also an honorable mention All-New England selection. Coach Miller helps run the offense, man-up and coach the attack, middies and lsm's.

John Schlegel '01: Attack

Coach Schlegel is excited to be back for his 8th season with the Gonzaga Varsity Men’s Lacrosse team. He graduated from Gonzaga in 2001 after three years of being a varsity starting attackman and senior captain. He left Gonzaga as the all time leader in goals. Coach Schlegel went on to Ohio Wesleyan where he was a two-year captain, three-time All-American and two-time NCAC player of the year. John ranks third all time in goals and fifth all time in points at OWU. He played in the prestigious North/South All-star game and was drafted by the Chicago Machine (now Ohio Machine) of the MLL after graduation. John works for Transwestern Commercial Services  as an Executive Vice President, and is Co-Chair of the Advocacy Advisory Group. He and his wife Carrie, and their two children live in Chevy Chase, MD. John is part-time and works with attack and offense. He and Carrie were recently inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame.

Shane Twomey '88: goalies, defense

Coach Twomey is back for his 6th season on Eye Street coaching lacrosse. As a member of the class of 1988, he actually began playing at Division III Virginia Wesleyan and was a three-time captain, team mvp and all-conference selection as a goalie. After college his lacrosse career just started rolling as he played professional lacrosse for the Baltimore Thunder and Washington Power in the NLL from 1995-2001 and helped lead Baltimore to a World Championship game in 1998. He also played for the New Jersey Pride in the MLL from 2003-2004. From 1994-2002 he also played for Maryland Lacrosse Club and Capital Lacrosse Club. He was a two-time ALL USCLA goalie and in 2002 was awarded the Krongard Award by US Lacrosse and the National Hall of Fame. This is the highest honor an active player can receive. In 2000 was selected as one of the top 12 goalies and top 120 players to participate in initial combine and showcase for MLL (Major League Lacrosse). Since 2001 to present, Shane has been coaching youth lacrosse in Northern VA. He has also coached at Marymount University from 1994-1998, where he assisted the new program and made it nationally ranked in four years. In 2004 Shane also assisted at Landon. He currently lives in Reston, VA with his wife Beth and four sons. Coach Twomey works with the goalies and defense.

Nick Hayman '96: middies, box 

Coach Hayman enters his 10th year coaching on Eye Street. He played at Gonzaga where he was a varsity starter at attack. He then went on to play at Bridgton Academy for a P.G. year. Coach Hayman followed that up to play Division I lacrosse at Boston College where he started as a midfielder in his sophomore and junior years, and at attack as a senior. He graduated in 2001 with a degree in economics. Nick has also served as the head coach for Fort Hunt (U 15) in the NVYLL. He and his wife Kim and their two daughters and one son live in Northwest DC. Coach Hayman works with middies and runs the box on the sideline.

Thomas Alford (St. Alban's '03): face-offs, middies, man up

Gonzaga Lacrosse is happy to have Thomas Alford join the varsity staff again for his ninth season. Coach played for the University of Maryland 2003-07 as a stalwart face-off midfielder for the Terps. While at Maryland, his teams won back-to-back ACC titles and final four appearances in 2004-2005. At St. Albans School, Coach Alford was a captain in both Football and Lacrosse. He received Honorable Mention All-Met and All-IAC awards. Thomas received two degrees from the University of Maryland, was also on the Dean’s List seven consecutive semesters, and was named to the All-ACC Academic Team three years in a row. As a senior he was given the “Be the Best” award for strength and conditioning. When he’s not coaching, he is supporting local DC initiatives like So Others might Eat and Collegiate Directions.  In addition to earning his MBA from Johns Hopkins University, Coach Alford works for a tech startup. Coach Alford works with the middies, offense, face-offs, and man-up.

Captain Ben Harrow: defense middies 

Ben Harrow is a native of Long Island, NY.  He graduated from Woodberry Forest School in Orange County Virginia where during his junior year he helped led the Tigers to a Virginia State Championship in lacrosse and lost in the state semi-finals his senior year.  His senior at Woodberry, Ben was an All-State attackman.  Ben continued playing lacrosse at the United States Military Academy as a 4 year letterman, winning 3 Patriot League Championships and making 3 NCAA Tournament appearances.  His senior year at West Point, Ben received the Unsung Hero Award for his leadership and effort for the Black Knights.  After college, Ben deployed to Iraq from 2006-2007 as an Infantry Platoon Leader in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and twice more as a Special Forces Detachment Commander leading two separate Special Forces A-teams in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Ben retired from the Army in 2016 as a Special Forces Captain.  He was awarded 3 Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, amongst other medals and accommodations.   


Billy Glading '99: Offense, middies

The Eagles are very excited to get Coach Billy Glading back on Eye Street. Coach Glading is a 1999 graduate of Gonzaga. As a four-year starter on Gonzaga’s varsity lacrosse team, Billy earned All-American and All-Met Player of the Year honors while helping Gonzaga to two WCAC Titles. He continued on to play at The University of Virginia where, as a Midfielder, he helped guide UVA to three Final Four appearances and a 2003 National Championship in his senior year. At Virginia, Billy earned All-American honors, as well as ACC Tournament MVP and Virginia Team MVP honors. Billy’s highlight game came in the form of a 5-goal performance against rival Duke University in the 2003 ACC Championship Game. In 2004, Billy made the Virginia Men’s Basketball Team as a walk-on and played one season as a Point Guard for Coach Pete Gillen. Following college, Billy was drafted into the MLL (Major League Lacrosse) and played a total of five seasons with the Boston Cannons and Washington Bayhawks. Billy ended his professional career with a 2010 MLL Championship. 

Billy has continued to coach at the high school level in various capacities. He spent two years as an assistant on the Gonzaga varsity staff prior to moving to Nashville, TN and coaching two years at Montgomery Bell Academy. Most recently, Billy has spent the last three years coaching the Green Turtle DC club team in the Fall and Summer. Billy lives in Rockville, MD and runs a career education website, CandidCareer.com. Coach Glading will work with every aspect of the Eagles team.

Connor McCarthy '02  

Coach McCarthy was a full Gonzaga coach for eight seasons. Connor started on varsity at attack for four years at Gonzaga and is one of the top two points leaders in program history. He is a three time All-WCAC selection and was named to second team All-Met as a senior. He went on to play at Lehigh University becoming a starter his sophomore year as a middie. He graduated from Lehigh in 2006. Connor also works in Gonzaga's Development Office and he lives with his wife Kelsey and their daughter in NW Washington. Coach McCarthy works with the attack.

Colin Cappadona '00

Coach Cappadona has been helping the Gonzaga Lacrosse Program for over ten years. Coach Cappadona graduated from Gonzaga in 2000 where he was a captain and two year starter at attack. He was also a two time All-WCAC selection and named Honorable Mention All-Met his senior year. He went on to play at Washington College where he graduated in 2004 with a degree in History. Colin has primarily worked with the attack shooting and riding. Colin currently works for HSU Builders and has coached youth lacrosse all over the Greater Metropolitan Area.

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