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Chief Operating Officer: Chris Robinson

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL COACH of the DECADE

Chris Robinson is a legendary girls’ lacrosse coach, renowned for leading the McDonogh School of greater Baltimore to nine consecutive national championships and a 177-game winning streak against the nation's most challenging competition. The year before Coach Robinson arrived at McDonogh in 2006, the team had a record of 8-13. In April 2009, his team lost to a powerhouse from upstate New York, then never lost again during his tenure there, which ended after the 2017 season. Prior to creating the McDonogh dynasty, Coach Robinson led Mount Hebron High School to five consecutive Maryland public school state championships. Through 2021, his high school coaching career record is 391-21-1 over 21 seasons with 10 national #1 teams and a national #4 ranking by Inside Lacrosse at Lake Highland Prep in 2019.

Coach Robinson moved to central Florida to coach at Lake Highland and to help expand the growth of girls’ lacrosse across the region. His passion for teaching is unmatched, and his philosophy is simple: “It’s all about the girls. We focus on teaching girls how to be the best teammates, students, and contributors they can be. The winning takes care of itself.”

Coach Robinson has coached more than 100 high school All Americans over the years, including arguably the greatest player of all-time and three-time Tewaaraton Award Winner, Taylor Cummings, along with Zoe Stukenberg, another Tewaaraton Winner, and Megan Whittle, 2018 Tewaaraton finalist and the all-time leader in career goals at the University of Maryland. His former players are leaders in the sport today, and are also leaders in many professions across the country.

As Chief Operating Officer of Sol Blazers Lacrosse, Inc., Coach Robinson oversees all operations and focuses on enhancing and developing all aspects of the sport throughout the region.

Director of Operations, Orange County: Melissa Villanti

Corrigan Sport's 2021 Youth Coach of the Year

Melissa is from Rochester, New York and has been coaching girls’ lacrosse in central Florida for four years as the Assistant Varsity Coach at Lake Highland Prep, M&D Orlando 2026 Black Coach, and a private instructor, focusing on individualized skill plans and development strategies for each player.

As Director of Operations, Melissa will focuses on player development and the logistics of growing the sport throughout greater Orlando and beyond.

Contact: Melissa.Villanti@SolBlazers.org

Director of Operations, Seminole County: Maggie Williams

Maggie is from the Northern Virginia area. She played for St. John’s College High School and the Capital Lacrosse Club respectively. She went on to play 4 years of Division 1 lacrosse at High Point University in North Carolina, graduating in 2019. At HPU, Maggie was primarily a midfielder, playing in 49 games for the Panthers. Also while at High Point, she coached both rec teams and club teams in the area. Maggie comes from a family of coaches and has been greatly influenced by the coaches she has played for. She understands that in order to coach athletes to their full potential, relationships must be established. Maggie believes it’s important to help athletes grow not only as athletes, but as people too.  

Maggie is the Head Varsity Coach at Lake Mary High School and also coaches for the 2025 Black M&D Orlando club team. She is now the Director of Operations, Seminole County for Sol Blazers Lacrosse and oversees and promotes the growth of all Seminole County locations. 

Contact: Maggie@SolBlazers.org

Director of North Seminole: Alexis Fernander

Alexis is originally from Longwood, FL. She began playing lacrosse in 2008 and grew up in the Central Florida lacrosse community. A 2016 Seminole High School graduate & 2x Varsity captain, she went on to be recruited as a defender at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She began coaching Middle School for her former club, Beast Lacrosse, the summer of her freshman year, and has continued every summer since. Upon graduation in 2019, she returned to Seminole County to give back to the game that has given her so much. Currently, she serves as Head Girls Lacrosse Coach for Seminole High School’s program, Head Coach for Storm Regional MS & HS teams, as well as an active member of the Central Florida Women’s Lacrosse Officials Association, and is now more than excited to jump into her new role as Co-Director of Sol Blazers North Seminole!

Contact: Alexis@SolBlazers.org

Director of North Seminole: Abbie Ross

Abbie is an Orlando Native where she played high school lacrosse at Lake Brantley High School. She earned Second Team Sunshine Athletic Conference All-Star as a junior and senior. She was a member of the RC Elite Club Team and also selected to be a member of The Brine National Team in high school.

Abbie went on to attend Saint Leo University where she played all four years. She earned Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference her freshman year and was a team captain her senior year. She tallied 114 points, including 95 goals and 19 assists in her four-year career where she led Saint Leo in scoring her freshman and sophomore year.

After college, Abbie went on to be an assistant coach for Wesley Chapel High School (2018), and then an assistant at Windermere Preparatory School (2020). She is currently the Varsity Assistant at Lake Mary High School, as well as the M&D Orlando 2027 Black Head Coach. 

Contact: Abbie@SolBlazers.org

Director of East Orlando: Bri Burnett

Coach Bri is an Avalon native, graduating from Timber Creek High School in 2017 as a standout lacrosse player. Bri went on to the West Point Academy and served in the U.S. Army.  She has been coaching for many years and looks forward to being back in her hometown to get even more youth girls playing lacrosse! 

Contact: Bri@SolBlazers.org

Director of South Orlando: Carrie Cogsdale

Carrie was born and raised in Orlando and graduated from Boone High School. She currently lives in South Orlando with her family and has been involved in Sol Blazers to help grow lacrosse in her local community. Her daughter Josephine plays, and Carrie's goals are to grow this area so that Josephine will have a local opportunity to play the sport she loves so much!

Carrie works closely with Coach Matusik of Boone High School to help promote the growth of K-8th grade girls lacrosse in this region.

Contact: Carrie@SolBlazers.org

Director of South Seminole: Brittany Ziobro

Brittany is an Orlando native that started playing lacrosse as a freshman at Lake Howell High School. After high school she continued her career at Greensboro College (DIII) where she played attack all four years breaking numerous records. In 2013 she set the record for most points scored in a single season with 99 points. Brittany was named first team all-conference for the USA-South in 2012 and 2013.

Brittany moved back to Orlando in 2013 and began coaching at Lake Howell High School. She has been the head coach since 2017. She is leading the South Seminole Sol Blazers program to help promote the growth of girls in this area that will attend the high schools such as but not limited to Lake Howell, Winter Springs, and Lyman.

 

Contact: Brittany@SolBlazers.org

Director of South Seminole: Cory Anderson

Cory and his family live in Oviedo, FL thus why he is helping grow the game of girls lacrosse in South Seminole county. Cory has daughters all who have played the sport and he wants to help grow the game that has given so much to his daughters & family! 

Cory will be working to grow the game of lacrosse in the South Seminole region for kids that will go to high schools such as but not limited to; Lake Howell and Winter Springs. 

 

Contact: Cory@SolBlazers.org