Edison High School didn’t have a girl’s lacrosse team until a small group of students, led by Mia Whalen, decided to start a lacrosse club in the Spring of 2017. All of them new to the sport, the girls held a summer camp to learn the game and practice their skills.
About the same time, a new teacher joined the Edison staff who had been a girl’s lacrosse coach at another high school and along with his friend became the first club coaches.
The team practiced and played throughout the Fall learning the game, honing their skills, and preparing for their first season. Meanwhile, a group of dedicated parents formed a booster board and in December of 2017 registration took place for their first
Spring season. In its inaugural year the club had 66 players, 3 teams and 4 coaches.
Since then, the girls have had two very successful seasons of scoring goals, winning games and having a blast! With the determination, commitment, and hard work of the players, coaches, and parents, as well as strong community support, Edison High School Girls Lacrosse became an official CIF Team sport in 2019, cementing the girls' legacy and the sport's future at Edison.
THANK YOU to our supporters for turning dreams into a reality! GO CHARGERS!
VARSITY HEAD COACH OLIVIA SMART
olivia grew up in santa ana where she started playing lacrosse in 7th grade. olivia started coaching at the youth level when she was a junior in high school in 2013. after graduating from foothill high school in 2015, she attended cal state fullerton where she earned her bachelors degree in child and adolescent development. she also played on and was a captain for fullerton's club lacrosse team for two years. olivia coached all through college for various programs such as crush, socal express, noc, and foothill. olivia would describe her coaching style as caring, honest, and uplifting with very high expectations. she is so excited to have joined the charger family and cannot wait to continue to push this program to its full potential.
HEAD GOLD COACH ALLANA ROCKWELL
Allana was born and raised in Newport Beach, attended Newport Harbor High School and is currently furthering her academic career at OCC while she is working to transfer to a local university. She played on Newport’s Varsity Lacrosse team during her four years at NHHS. Allana is honored to be apart of the Charger family and looks forward to this opportunity to continuously better herself as a coach in order to provide the best guidance and positive environment for her team and program. Her main goal for the season is to build a team from a foundation of positivity, support and courage. Allana’s words to depict her mindset for the season, “I hope to teach these young women important values to carry with them throughout their life, and in return I also hope to learn some from them.”
ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH JEFF NEWMAN
Jeff began his coaching career in basketball, baseball, and soccer, primarily for his children’s youth teams. He coached girls lacrosse for 3 years at Newport Harbor along with Rob Hendrix & Chris Plummer.
He has a strong passion for teaching and relates well to people of all ages. He is adept at figuring out the nuances of a player’s strengths and helping them fine-tune their skills. His ability to get athletes focused on their goals, as well as the team’s goals is evidenced by the many successful seasons
and the great relationships he has with both parents and students.
ASSISTANT GOLD COACH STEPHANIE ONTIVEROS
GREEN COACH SARAH HORNER
Sarah grew up in Huntington Beach, where she played one season of Varsity Lacrosse at Edison in its inaugural 2017-2018 season. Graduating in 2018, Sarah has moved forward with her education at Orange Coast College
but holds a special place in her heart for the Edison Lacrosse program.
When asked to return as a coach, she couldn't resist continuing to be a part of the program and is excited to be back with her Edison Lacrosse Family.