Virginia Coaching Staffs: 2017/2018 Season

2020: Ned Dressel

Ned Dressel

A transplanted Michigan native, Ned started his coaching career at the McDonogh School in Baltimore in 2013 and never looked back. Since then, coaching has taken him all over the East Coast from Maine to Philly and the Eastern Shore of Maryland to South Florida to grow the game and coach middle school and junior varsity levels before taking the helm as the varsity head coach at the Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News. While Ned coached, he completed his Master of Arts in Teaching in 2016 from his Alma Mater, Salisbury University. Ned will be working with the 2020 Virginia Roughrider team.

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: Jay McMahon

Jay McMahon

Jay grew up on Long Island and played his high school lacrosse at Garden City, a perennial powerhouse, where he was part teams that went to the state finals in 1985, won a NY State title in 1986, and were Long Island champs in 1987. As a senior in high school he was an All American and winner of the Jim Brown award for midfielder of the year.

He went on to Brown University and played his college lacrosse for Dom Starsia. Following his freshman year he made, and was a tri-captain for, the US national U19 team that won a gold medal in Adelaide, Australia. Jay was named to the all tournament team as an offensive and face-off midfielder.

At Brown, Jay was a three time All American, a 1st teamer in 1991 when he lead the team to the school’s only undefeated regular season and a #2 national ranking. Currently he ranks in the top 10 in goals scored all time for Brown lacrosse. He was inducted into the school’s sports hall of fame in 2012.

After college and during his graduate studies Jay was a volunteer assistant at Brown University when they made their first final four appearance in 1994 and the following year with Garden City HS when they won another NY state title.

For the past seven years Jay has brought his passion for the game to youth lacrosse. Last year he coached the 2024 C2C team which made the finals in three out of four tournaments during the summer season. Jay works with the offense and loves to teach the fast paced up tempo style that made and Brown and later UVA such exciting teams to watch. His teams have also excelled at set plays scoring at a high percentage on man up. This is his first year with the Virginia Rough Riders and he is excited for the opportunity to work with such a high caliber organization.

Currently Jay resides in Midlothian, VA with his wife Alison and their two children Alina and Luke. Jay is a board certified reconstructive foot and ankle surgeon with a focus on sports related injuries and has owned a private practice with two office locations for the past fourteen years.

2025: Nick Nylund

Nick Nylund

Nick grew up playing lacrosse in Northern Virginia at age 10.  He played at Fairfax High School, and then went on to play four years at Washington College, where he won an NCAA DIII National Championship in ‘98, and later became captain of the team in ‘01.  Nick began coaching right out of college, beginning with Fairfax High School’s JV team for two seasons, followed by the Dulles Storm U15 team for four years.  Nick moved to Richmond in 2012, where he then began coaching the Richmond Shock and Chesterfield youth teams, and later took over as head coach for the C2C 2025 travel team.  

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.