Will Turner – Strength & Conditioning Coach

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Coach Turner is the current GCDS Strength and Conditioning Coach. Before GCDS Coach Turner was the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Yale and Boston University including the National Championship lacrosse team at Yale. Prior to his four years at Yale, Will served as a strength and conditioning coach at Boston University and worked with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, varsity teams at Quinnipiac University, and the New York Jets. Will earned his M.S. in physical education and coaching from Boston University and his B.S. in science and sports performance from Springfield College.

Coach Turner will help our Sound players achieve their maximum potential on the field by overseeing, designing and implementing year-round team and individual programs. Coach Turner help us provide the most comprehensive and elite club lacrosse experience in our area by being our point-person and home base for the training of our athletes.

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CPR/First Aid
  • CSCS – National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • Pelvis Restoration – Postural Restoration Institute
  • SCCC – Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association INC

BOOK TRAINING WITH COACH TURNER HERE! https://turner-sports-performance.com

Aly Messinger – Recruiting Consultant / Events Coordinator

2022 Head Coach

  • Current Head Coach & Assistant Director of Athletics for Operations and Leadership at Sacred Heart Greenwich
  • Current Head Coach Rye Youth Lacrosse
  • Former Associate Head Coach – US Naval Academy

Courtesy of Naval Academy Athletics Website:

Former women’s lacrosse standout Aly Messinger joined the Navy women’s lacrosse team prior to the 2017 season and was promoted to associate head coach for the offense following the 2018 campaign. Messinger focuses on the Midshipmen’s offensive attack and has an active role in recruiting.

Navy finished the 2019 season 16-5 overall and 8-1 in the Patriot League. For the third consecutive season (2017, ’18, ’19), the Navy women’s lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA Tournament, finishing the year in the second round. The 2019 season marked the first time in program history that the Midshipmen earned an at-large bid into the Tournament. The Mids won the NCAA First Round game for the third consecutive season, defeating No. 24 High Point, 16-5.

As a team, the 2019 squad finished in the program’s top three in points (494), points per game (23.52), goals (323), assists (171), assists per game (8.14), shots (709), shots on goal (528), draw controls (358), draws per game (17.05), caused turnovers (188), and games played (21).

During the 2019 season, five members of the women’s lacrosse team were named to the 2018 All-Patriot League Team, including four selected to the first team.

Kelly Larkin, a junior, became Navy and the Patriot League’s all-time leader in points (346), while also becoming the first player in school and conference history with three 100-point seasons. Senior defensive captain Marie Valenti became the first player in Navy history (sixth in Patriot League history) with 100 or more caused turnovers (114), while also becoming the Mids’ all-time leader in ground balls (181).

The Navy women’s lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for the second consecutive season in 2018. Navy ranked sixth in the final national polls, marking the second consecutive season that the Mids have finished the season ranked in the top 10.

During the year, Hall of Fame head coach Cindy Timchal recorded her 500th career victory, becoming the first Division I lacrosse head coach to amass 500 wins.

On April 14, Navy posted a 20-7 victory over Army West Point at Michie Stadium, marking the first time in women’s lacrosse that the Midshipmen and Black Knights competed against each other as part of the Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA.

As a team in 2018, Navy set the school record for points per game (24.41), goals (378), goals per game (17.18), draw controls (371), free-position goals (78), and saves (167), while ranking second in program history in points (537), assists (159), assists per game (7.23), shots (775), shots on goal (591), draw controls per game (16.86), and games played (22).

During the 2018 season, eight members of the women’s lacrosse team were named to the 2018 All-Patriot League Team, four were tabbed All-American, and senior Jenna Collins was awarded the Vice Admiral Lawrence Sword for Women, which is presented to the woman of the graduating class who is considered by the Association’s Athletic Council to have personally excelled in women’s athletics during her years of varsity competition.

In the offseason, Messinger teamed with fellow Midshipmen coach Gabby Capuzzi to lead the New England Command to the inaugural Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) championship title with a 12-11 victory over the top-seeded Baltimore Brave at Tierney Field at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Md. The Command entered the postseason as the No. 2 seed with a 3-1 overall record with their lone defeat coming at that the hands of the undefeated Brave (4-0), which featured former Navy women’s lacrosse All-American Jenna Collins (’18) until she reported to Pensacola for flight school.

In 2017, the women’s lacrosse team finished the year 18-5 overall with an 8-1 record in the Patriot League. The team made history as it became the first Service Academy team from a women’s sport to advance to the NCAA Final Four.

The Mids made their fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the first appearance for Navy since 2013. The Midshipmen began their historic run, advancing to the NCAA Tournament after posting a 15-5 victory over top-seeded Loyola in the Patriot League Tournament. The win marked the team’s fifth championship and ended the Greyhounds’ 41-game winning streak against PL foes.

In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Navy defeated No. 7 Penn, 11-10, at Penn Park on Dunning-Cohen Champions Field in Philadelphia, Pa. With the win, the Midshipmen advanced to the second round of the Tournament for just the second time in school history. The victory over the No. 7 Quakers was the first win against a ranked opponent in Navy history. In addition, it was the second NCAA Tournament win for Navy in program history. Navy posted a 23-11 victory over UMass in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the Mids to advance to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals for the first time in program history. The Mids defeated defending National Champions and No. 2 seed North Carolina, 16-14, to punch their ticket in to the first-ever Final Four appearance in school history.

As a team, Navy set the school record for points (545), goals (358), assists (187), shots attempted (805), shots on goal (607), ground balls (453), draw controls (364), caused turnovers (216), and games played (23). The Mids (18-5) finished one-win shy of tying the school records for wins in a season.

The 2017 Navy women’s lacrosse team finished the year ranked fourth in the final Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and sixth in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll. The rankings mark the first time in program history that the Mids have been ranked in the top 10 in either poll. It is the highest national ranking for any women’s team in school history.

Messinger graduated from North Carolina in 2016 and finished third all-time in program history with 230 points (149g, 81a). She was a three-time All-America selection and a two-time All-ACC honoree. Messinger helped lead the Tar Heels to two National Championship titles (2013, ’16), including being named the 2016 Most Outstanding Player.

Messinger has a strong background of coaching experience, serving as a coach for the Fever Lacrosse for two seasons. She has also worked as a camp counselor for North Carolina.

Messinger graduated from North Carolina in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science with a concentration in sports administration.

Jessica Griffin – Director of Player Dev. & Program Curriculum

  • 2026 & 2027 Head Coach
  • Current GCDS Varsity Assistant Coach & Larmonth Mamaroneck Youth Head Coach
  • Director of Player Development and Program Curriculum
  • University of North Carolina (Midfield) – 2010-2014
  • 2013 NCAA National Championship Team Member
  • 2010 & 2011 NCAA Sem-Finalist
  • Played in the 2009 Under Armour All-America game … Two-time All-America choice, earning first-team honors from US Lacrosse as a senior … Played for Coach Deb DeJesus at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School … Three-time team MVP (2007-09) and all-state choice … Four-time all-league selection … Named All-Scholastic by the Boston Globe three times … First-team Lower New England … Also played soccer and ran indoor track and cross country … Part of track relay teams that set school records in the 4×400 and the state record in the 4×800, winning the state championship three years in a row … The 4×800 relay team finished fourth in the nation … Honor roll student who was named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic team.

(courtesy of UNC Athletics)

  • Former Coach at Nationally Ranked Georgetown Visitation
  • Midfield / Draw Specialist

Mackenzie Kirkup, Administrator

  • Current Greens Farm Academy JV Head Coach & Youth Head Coach
  • 2023 Head Coach

Mackenzie grew up in Arnold MD where she attended Severn High School and earned All-Conference as a junior … Second team All-County as junior and senior … Team captain and led Severn in scoring as junior and senior … Team MVP as a junior … Voted team’s best attacker as a senior … Played in Under Armour All-Star Game as a freshman … Member of CCLAX club team for four years and Maryland United for one year.

Mackenzie took her playing career to High Point University where she was  ,Big South Offensive Player of the Year, 3x All-Big South 1st Team, 2x Player of the Year. She is also High Point Program’s Leader in goals, assists and points.

Upon Graduation Mackenzie lived in Texas where she coached at Highland Park as the Assistant Varsity, Head JV and Head 7th/8th Grade Coach for 3 seasons while also working full-time as the Admission Coordinator at The Episcopal School of Dallas. Kirkup and her husband moved back east in 2018 .

Melissa Rotante

Melissa Rotante is a Norwalk native and Brien McMahon High School alumni. She was a four year starter at Stony Brook University under Head Coach, Joe Spallina. Melissa was a 2x Captain and 2x First Team All-Conference defender for the Seawolves, in addition to America East All-Academic honoree & All-Tournament Team.

As a Coach, Melissa is in her 7th season as an Assistant at Joel Barlow High School in Redding. She has helped lead the Falcons to two SWC Championship Titles and a Runner-up performance in the Class M State Championship. 2027 FCIAC Assistant Coach of the Year. Melissa specializes in zone defense and has helped the Falcons become one of the best defensive programs in the state.

Riley Hellstein

  • Current Wilton Youth Lacrosse Head Coach
  • 2025 Head Coach

 

  • IWLCA Senior All-Star
  • IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team
  • 2017 MAAC Player of the Year 
  • All-MAAC First Team
  •  MAAC All-Championship Team
  • MAAC All-Academic Team
  • As a senior led the team with 73 points, 56 goals, and four game-winning goals while making 16 starts…  The co-captain was also second on the team with 17 assists and 25 caused turnovers while collecting the third most draw controls (36)Hellstein’s 73 points and 56 goals both rank 5th most in a season in program history… Finished her career third in points (188), second in goals (141), second in game-winning goals (10), third in free-position goals (44), sixth in assists (47), and first in draw controls (170) in Fairfield’s  all-time record books. (Courtesy of Fairfieldstags.com)
  • Wilton Youth Lacrosse Coach
  • Currently works at Lax.com

Emily Meier

  • Current Sacred Heart Greenwich Varsity Assistant Coach
  • 2024 Head Coach

High School:

Played Varsity Lacrosse for five years at Sayville High School on Long Island , Four-time All-League, All-Conference and All-County selection … Led team to the 2009 Suffolk County championship … Also played basketball and soccer.

 

High Point University:

  • 2X Big South Champion
  • 2016 High Point University Female Athlete of the Year
  • Big South Conference All Tournament Team Selection
  • 2X All Big South First Team Selection
  • 2016 Team MVP Award Winner
  • 2X NCAA Tournament Appearance
  • North South Senior All-Star Game Participant

(Courtesy of High Point Athletics)

Coaching Experience

  • Assistant Coach of the Long Island Ducks lacrosse club team
  • Sayville Middle School Girls Head Lacrosse Coach on Long Island

Megan Griffin

  • Former dual sport athlete at Middlebury (lacrosse & swimming)
  • 2016 Division III National Champion  (lacrosse)
  • Captain and 2X AA Swimmer at Middlebury
  • Played for MASS Elite
  • Coached Club Lacrosse for Laxachusetts

Kelly van Hoesen – GK Coach

Courtesy of UPENN Athletics

  • Current GK for UPENN
  • US Lacrosse All-America (2019)
  • Under Armour New England Team
  • 4X All-FAA Selection
  • Former Sound Lacrosse Player

Sarah Hughson

Former Varsity Girls Lacrosse Assistant at Choate Rosemary Hall (2018-2020)
The Gunnery MVP Girls Lacrosse 2014, Two year Captain
Elmira College Women’s Lacrosse-
Led the Empire 8 with 4.09 caused turnovers per game…Broke EC’s program record with 121 career caused turnovers after finishing with 45, second-most in single-season history.
Current Assistant Coach Girls Varsity Ice Hockey at Greenwich Country Day School. Former Coach for Girls Varsity Ice Hockey and Lacrosse at Choate Rosemary Hall. Member of the Connecticut Whale in the NWHL and Team USA Ball Hockey. Graduated from Elmira College where she layed both Ice Hockey and Lacrosse for four seasons. Graduated from The Gunnery School where she played Soccer, Ice Hockey, and Lacrosse for four years and was MVP of all 3 teams