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Coaches

Johanna Owens, aka "Coach Jo"

Coach Jo has dedicated herself to the Austin lacrosse scene as 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 has been officiating the game since 1997, rose to the District level in 2000 and became a Nationally rated 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 enabled Coach Jo to build a successful business and program.

Founded

  • Texas Play Hard, Inc 2007
  • St. Michael's 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 HS 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
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Emily Roussel

Native to Georgetown, Texas, Emily Roussel began her lacrosse career in her sophomore year of high school, where she played at Georgetown High. She went on to play college lacrosse at Tiffin University, a Division ll school in Tiffin, Ohio. 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-GLIAC performer (3X first team), 2x IWLCA All-Region pick and named to the IWLCA All-American team by her senior year. Post-graduation, Roussel began her coaching career as an Assistant Coach at Concordia St. Paul University during their 2016-2017 inaugural season. Roussel has since moved home to Austin, Texas where she continues coaching lacrosse at all levels


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Brandi Beasley

Coach Brandi Beasley is a 2012 Graduate of Indiana Tech University where she stood as the barricade to the goal on the defensive line. Attending the NWLL tournament both in 2011 and 2012 her and the team walked away with the National Championships title in 2011, while coming in 2nd in 2012. Beasley was a three-peat Academic All American from 2009-2012 and was inducted in the Chi Alpha Sigma, an academic honor society in 2012. She was also a repeat student on the Dean's List every semester from Spring 2009 until graduation in Spring 2012. Before Indiana Tech, Beasley played on the Cedar Park High School team where she and the team won district in 2007 and 2008. She is headed into her 2nd year coaching for the Texas Outlaws and couldn't be more excited or passionate about working and mentoring our Outlaws! For the past 2 years she has been a member of the Central Texas Lacrosse Officials Association reffing K-12 across Austin, Texas and will continue into the 2018-2019 academic year. TEXAS TEXAS, YEEHAW!

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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 an avenue for teaching team building and life skills as well as the sport of Lacrosse. His experience coaching Lacrosse in Central New York, the birthplace and a hot bed of the sport 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.  

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