LARISSA MURDOCK - Head Coach
Larissa Murdock will be the PInnacle Girls Lacrosse Club's Head Coach for the 2020-21 season, having been a mainstay for the program as a player, state champion, and coach for more than a decade.
Larissa is a Arizona State Board Licensed nurse working at the Banner Desert Medical Center trauma and telemetry unit. Her vast understanding of the body's anatomy allows Larissa to communicate to the girls effectively the importance of taking care of themselves both on and off the field. Moreover, her experience in fast paced critical health care situtations gives Pinnacle Lacrosse piece of mind relating to on field injuries that may occur. Larissa also has experience as a wellness coach which allows her to help the athletes in all areas of personal wellness from good nutirtion, setting goals to work towards and promoting a positive self image.
As a player, Larissa was a varsity player at Pinnacle High School from 2009-2012. She was the girls Arizona National Team representative from 2010-2012. Upon graduation, she began coaching young girls the game of lacrosse, coordinating games/practices with coaches, families and volunteers. During this time, she also received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University graduating Magna cum Laude Honors.
Larissa is very philinthropic donating her time to worthy organizations such as Feed My Starving Children and St. Mary's Food Bank. She has participated in various fundraising events such as Walk MS and St. Jude Walk to End Childhood Cancer, to name a few.
Larissa's focus will be on working with the girls to develop the strategy and stick skills they need to succeed at the game of lacrosse. She will also work with the girls on speed and agility in order to improve their overall performance on the field. Finally, Larissa will provide a good example for the girls given her ability to balance a successful nursing career and overall health and nutrition, while still finding time to give back to the community.
RONNI WINTERS- Assistant Coach
Coach Ronni started her lacrosse career in eighth grade at Pinnacle High School. While Ronni was in high school, Pinnacle won the state championship all four years, with Coach Ronni leading the team to victory in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She was named captain of the team her junior and senior year.
After graduating from Pinnacle, Ronni went on to play lacrosse at the collegiate level at Southwestern University in Texas. While at Southwestern, Ronni was a four year starter, an integral part of the team's attack and one of the team's leading scorers. Ronni was also named team captain her senior year at Southwestern. Ronni suffered a season ending injury with her second ACL tear her senior year. Head Coach Brice Queener named Ronni the team's new draw specialist and coach because of her expertise in draw taking.
Coach Ronni has also had experience coaching the Top Flight lacrosse team and doing individual training sessions with many girls in Arizona that dream of playing at the college level. Coach Ronni is excited to bring her knowledge and passion for the game back to Pinnacle High School.
REGINALD YOUNGER - Assistant Coach
Reggie is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) by the Association for Applied Sports Psychology which is the largest sport and exercise psychology professional organization in North America that offers certification to its members.
He is a graduate and student athlete from Weber State University, Ogden, Utah in Broadcast Communications Journalism with a minor in Child Development. Reggie participated on the varsity teams in basketball and track (high jump) at Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, California where he still holds the high jump record. He attended Weber State University, Ogden, Utah where he was a three-year track and field letter man under world renown coach Chick Hislop.
He currently is in his fourth year as the JV coach for Pinnacle Lacrosse and has earned his Level II US Lacrosse Certification. He started with the club in 2012 as the Sports Psychology Consultant. He learned his coaching craft from and mentor-ship from several former Pinnacle coaches including Greg Ritter, Chris Havrilla and Riley J. Winter.
He received his Masters of Sport & Exercise Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology in January of 2013 and his Post Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in December of 2017. He is in pursuit of his licensure in marriage and family therapy for the state of Arizona.
He has had the opportunity to see athletes and the business of sports from various perspectives spending 12 years with the San Francisco Giants organization and USA Baseball and now he looks at it from the sport psychological and performance point of view one on one with athletes and teams.
He is the founder and currently leads the VRC Sports Psychology Performance Consulting Group. The clientele varies from elite professional athletes, collegiate athletes, high school and on the middle school level. He works with various sports (teams and individuals) such as lacrosse, tennis, basketball, football, and softball.
Reggie, a believer in serving the community, is currently the Vice President of the Desert Ridge Community Association and of the newly created Public Affairs Committee all for Desert Ridge. He is a current member of the Desert View Village Planning Committee District II under former Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilman Jim Warring all for the City of Phoenix since 2009. He also a member of the AGLA Board as the Vice President.
SARA PHISTER - Assistant Coach
Coach Sara Phister's lacrosse career began at Mountain Pointe High School, where she served as varsity team captain her junior and senior years. In the off-seasons she played for Desert Heat and was selected to play for Arizona's Women's National Tournament Team in the summers of 2011 and 2012. During high school, she was named Mountain Pointe's Best Offensive Player all four seasons, All-State First Team (Attack) in 2011 and 2013, Academic All-American in 2012 and 2013, and the US Lacrosse Jackie Pitts Award winner for the Arizona chapter in 2013.
Sara continued her lacrosse career at Oberlin College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience. On the field she was a four-year starter as a top scoring and assisting attacker and draw specialist. Phister was part of an integral recruiting class who helped bring a 4-11 team ranked 6th in the NCAC in 2013 to a 14-2 team in 2017, ranking 2nd in conference. She was named to All-North Coast Athletic Conference Second Team 2015 and 2017, All-NCAC Tournament Team 2017, and IWLCA All-Region Second Team 2017. During her four year career at Oberlin, Phister helped lead her team to reach the NCAC championships in 2015 and again in 2017. She served as team captain her senior year where the Yeoman ranked second in the nation for both scoring margin and save percentage.
Since graduating from Oberlin, Sara has returned to Arizona and spent some time helping Corona Del Sol High School's attack in the 2019 season. She is stoked to get back out on the field to share her knowledge and experiences with the girls of Pinnacle High School and coach alongside her old club teammate, Larissa.