Virginia Coaching Staffs: 2018/2019 Season

2020/2021: Justin Pike

Justin Pike

Justin grew up in Northern Virginia playing high school lacrosse at Battlefield High School in Prince William County. Justin then went on to attend and play at Guilford College (ODAC) located in Greensboro, NC. Following graduation, Justin moved to Richmond where he has served as Assistant Head Coach at Glen Allen High School and Head JV Coach at Godwin High School.


2022: Brian Watson (VA Roughriders Co-Director)

Brian Watson

Brian grew up playing lacrosse in Wilton, Connecticut a hotbed for lacrosse and a multiple term State champion. He went on to play Midfield and ending at Attack, starting for Mid Atlantic Conference Fairleigh Dickinson University receiving all team honors through the regular seasons and tournament play. Brian has be an active leader in the lacrosse community in Virginia both at the youth and High School levels. Being an active coach in the Swift Creek Lacrosse Club, Richmond Shock Lacrosse, Richmond PALS and most recent with C2C Lacrosse. He also was instrumental in bringing Cosby High School VHSL sponsored lacrosse and stepped in as their Varsity coach year one to get the program started.

In addition to coaching a talented 2022 squad that has taken a tournament championship in almost each of its last 4 seasons, he helped orchestrate the Roughriders coming to Virginia and is actively working to bring the best coaches and players into the program across the State and continue the dominant legacy of the Roughrider Nation.

2023: Jeff Harvey (VA Roughriders Co-Director)

Jeff Harvey

Coach Harvey began playing lacrosse over 20 years ago at the middle school level in Hampton Roads.  At the high school level, Coach Harvey started all four years while playing for Hampton Roads Academy, under the tutelage of Rick Beard, a four-year starting midfielder for Princeton University.  During those four years, Coach Harvey was named among the team’s captains, earned All-Conference honors, and was selected by area coaches to play in the All-Star Game at the Capital Classic (at the time, an invite-only tournament reserved for some of the best high school players in Virginia).  While Coach Harvey received interest from various programs on the east coast, he opted to attend the College of William & Mary, where he ultimately played on the regional and travel club teams.  While attending college in Williamsburg, Virginia, Coach Harvey and a teammate formed and coached one of the first youth lacrosse teams in the area.  Since that time, Coach Harvey has continued to coach at the youth level, most recently for Geronimo, the Richmond Shock, the PALS Indoor League, Chesterfield Youth Lacrosse, C2C and, now, the Virginia Roughriders.


2024: Joseph Vissichelli

Joseph Vissichelli

Joe grew up playing lacrosse on Long Island, New York. He began playing goalie and switched to LSM during the summer of his Junior year of High School. After achieving All American Honorable Mention honors Joe attended Molloy College where he was a 4-year starter. As well as a 2-year captain, Joe received all ECC honors his Junior and Senior year. While at Molloy College, Joe broke the caused turnover record and it still holds today. After playing, Joe went on to coach at Molloy College for 3 years. He then continued his coaching at Jericho High School. Coach Vissichelli moved to the Richmond area from Long Island in 2015 and is very excited about continuing to grow the game of lacrosse with the Virginia Roughriders in Richmond.


2025: John Atkinson

John Atkinson

John grew up playing lacrosse in Garden City, New York. He played lacrosse at Chaminade High School. He played for one year at Kings Point – US Merchant Marine Academy prior to transferring to the University of Richmond for the inaugural season and played all three years while at Richmond. John graduated in 2016 from Richmond and pursued working down south full time. He has helped out with the Roughrider 2022 team in the past and looks forward to leading the 2025 team this upcoming season.


2026: Dave Wolf

Dave Wolf

Coach Wolf grew up on Long Island where he was a two-sport athlete, excelling at both football and lacrosse for the Kellenberg Firebirds.  He was the starting quarterback both his Junior and Senior year and also led the lacrosse team in faceoff wins and ground balls.  He went on to play club lacrosse for Mickey Miles at the University of Arizona before making his way back to Long Island where he played under Fred Acee at Farmingdale State University.  

Prior to relocating his family, wife and three kids, to Richmond last year, he was very active in youth sports at both the recreational and travel level having served as a head coach and board member of several organizations.  Coach Wolf currently coaches at U9 and HS level in Richmond and is excited about “growing the game” down South.

 


2027/2028: Mike Mack

Mike Mack

Mike Mack grew up in Baltimore, MD where he attended the Boys’ Latin School. While at Boys’ Latin he played football and lacrosse. After his high school career, Mike played long-stick midfield at the collegiate level at Greensboro College in Greensboro, NC. Mike has been coaching lacrosse in the Richmond area since 2008 and is currently an assistant coach on the 2022 Roughrider team. In addition to coaching the 2022 team, Mike will coach the 2027/2028 team.