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Johanna Owens, aka "Coach Jo"

Coach Jo has dedicated herself to the Austin lacrosse scene a a player, coach, and official since moving to Austin from Washington, DC in 1994. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning & Development at the University of Texas. In 2004, Coach Jo was certified as a personal trainer and held an internship at the UT Strength & Conditioning department to further understand the whole athlete. In 2007, Coach Jo merged her training business with her lacrosse business to form Texas Play Hard. Through Texas Play Hard, Austin lacrosse players now have the opportunity to practice, play, and travel with other dedicated players while receiving superior coaching. Coach Jo instills in her players a strong work ethic, teamwork, fundamentals, fair play, self-confidence and a sense of fun. 

Coach Jo brings a wealth of experience to her current position as CEO and head coach of Texas Play Hard. Coach Jo began playing lacrosse at Georgetown Day school in Washington, D.C. and played collegiately for the University of Texas Club team while serving as the club team's president. She also as been officiated the game since 1997, rose to the District level in 2000 and became a Nationally ranked official in 2012.

In 1996, Coach Jo saw the need for girls lacrosse growth at all levels. She founded the collegiate club league still known as the Texas Women's Lacrosse League (TWLL) and the first high school girls team in Austin at Bowie High School. After graduating from the university, she taught mathematics and computers for a few years before returning to the university for graduate work in Exercise Physiology. Her background in education and exercise has enable Coach Jo to build a successful business and program.


  • Texas Play Hard, Inc 2007
  • St. Michaels Academy Girls Lacrosse Team 2000
  • First Girls Lacrosse Camp in Austin 1998
  • Central Texas Women's Lacrosse Officials Organization 1998
  • Austin Women's Summer League 1997
  • Bowie High School Girls Lacrosse 1997

Coaching Jobs

  • Westlake HS Girls Lacrosse 2004-2008
  • Guest Coach with Bounce Entertainment 2006
  • University of Texas Women's Lacrosse 2003-2005
  • Team Texas WDNT 2006, 2008
  • Triathlon Coach 2001-2005
  • Assistant Soccer Coach, St. Michael's Academy 2000
  • Gymnastics Coach, Washington DC 1993-1995

Lacrosse Achievements

  • President of University of Texas Women's Lacrosse Team 1995-1997
  • Best Offensive Player, UT 1999
  • TWLL All-Star 1996-1998
  • All-Team Player NIRSA 1997
  • Best Rookie of the Year, UT 1995

Emily Roussel

Native to Georgetown, TX, Emily began her lacrosse career her sophomore year of high school. An alum of the Texas Outlaws, Emily went on to play college lacrosse at Tiffin University, a DII school in Tiffin, OH. During her time at Tiffin, Emily was a three-time GLIAC All-Academic Excellence honoree and recipient of the 2016 GLIAC Commissioner's Award. In addition to her academic achievements, Emily was a two time GLIAC Attacker of the Year award winner, a four-time All-Conference performer (3x first team), 2X IWLCA All-Region pick and name to the IWLCA All American team by her senior year. Post-graduation, Roussel began her coaching career at Concordia St. Paul University, as the Assistant Coach, while working towards her master's in Leadership in Management. Roussel helped the team to a 8-8 season during their inaugural season in 2016-2017. Since returning home to Austin, Roussel serves as the Head of Lacrosse and Varsity Head Coach at St. Stephen's Episcopal School, and is the Assistant Director at Texas Play Hard, where she is a head coach for the girls middle school team and assistant coach for the girls HS team. 

Paul Belodoff

As a lifelong educator and coach, Paul brings a desire to instruct young people and enthusiasm to coaching sports. In addition to lacrosse, he has coached football and basketball (both boys and girls) in Central New York. He views the playing field like the classroom, as a new avenue for teaching team building and life skills as well as the sport of lacrosse. His experience coaching  in Central New York, the birthplace and hot bed of the sport has been both exciting and rewarding. Additionally, Paul has been a certified lacrosse official, thus giving him another perspective of the sport. Paul hopes to duplicate his past success in building competitive and championship caliber teams in Central Texas for the Outlaws. 

Allie Sheftall

Born and raised in Austin, TX, Allie began her lacrosse career in the 7th grade, as a member of one of the first Texas Outlaws teams. She continued her career playing at Bowie High School, where she played on varsity all 4 years. While at Bowie she received All-State and Star recognition in 2009-2012 and was named a US Lacrosse Central Texas All-American in 2012. She helped lead her team to their first  State Tournament appearance in 2011 and again in 2012. She went on to play college lacrosse at Saint Leo University, a Division II school in Saint Leo, Florida. During her time at Saint Leo, she was a 4-year midfield starter as a draw specialist. Allie helped take her team to the Sunshine State Conference Semi-Finals in 2015 and was a reoccurring student of the Dean's list. She currently holds the program record for career draw controls. During the 2018 & 2019 spring seasons, Allie served as the 7/8th grade Head Coach at Parish Episcopal School and the Youth Assistant Coach for teams ranging from 3rd-6th grade at the Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas. 

Becca Outcalt

Native of Alamo, CA , Becca began her lacrosse career in 4th grade and went on to play the highest level of club lacrosse in Northern California on the Tenacity club team. She came to Texas to attend the University of Texas to study Civil Engineering. In high school, Becca helped lead her team to the NCS Championship in 2016 and received the Coach's Award for Inspirational Player in 2017. She was named Captain, First Team All League, and Varsity Offensive Player of the Year by her senior year of HS. Becca has seen much success during her first year at the University of Texas, being named the Rookie of the Year, the Attacker of the Year, and one of only 5 freshmen nationally to be named All-American by the Women's College Lacrosse Association. Becca joins the Outlaws as the 4th/5th Grade Head Coach and will Assist with the HS 2020-2022 Team.  

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