Cristina Rodriguez  Varsity Head Coach

Orange County Lacrosse Coach of the Year

Named Orange County girls lacrosse Coach of the Year in 2019 and 2021, Coach CJ is starting her 4th year as Program Director and Varsity Head Coach for Foothill Girls Lacrosse and her 5th season in total with FHS.  In her first season, as an assistant, she helped lead the Knights to a 14-6 record. The Knights made it to the playoffs and the 2018 team was ranked 7th in the state of California.  In 2019, her first year as varsity head coach, the Knights ended their season with a 17-2 record, ending the season ranked 18th in the Nation for girls lacrosse.  The 2021 team, lead by Coach CJ, won the first ever CIF-SS Division 1 Championship.  FHS finished with an 18-0 season and is ranked 3rd in the state of California.  Coach CJ is also a Co-Director of SoCal Express Girls Lacrosse Club in Orange County.  Previous coaching experience includes, starting the girls lacrosse program at Johnson & Wales University (NAIA) in Denver, CO from 2007-2011.  Following her 4 years of playing at Regis University (NCAA - D II) in Denver CO, she was the team Graduate Assistant at Regis.  She was also a head coach at Denver Summit Lacrosse Club.  Coach CJ is originally from Baltimore, Maryland.  
 

Natalie Novick
Varsity Assistant Coach
Coach Natalie is a Foothill graduate, returning to her Alma Mater for her first coaching season with The Knights.  Natalie played lacrosse for Foothill as their center midfielder and went on to play for the Brown Women's Lacrosse team.  At Brown, Natalie competed as a defender for their Division 1 program and concentrated in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Studies.  Natalie has two young daughters Hazel and Isabelle with her husband, Tim, a Princeton lacrosse alum.


 

Vanessa Topetee
JV Head Coach
Coach Vanessa is starting her 3rd year as a Junior Varsity coach for Foothill Girls Lacrosse.  The year after graduation from Foothill, she was volunteer assistant coach for junior varsity.  That year she helped lead the team to an undefeated season. The next season was her first year as JV head coach, also with an undefeated season that was cut short due to COVID-19.  Coach Vanessa plays NCAA Division III at Chapman University .  This is her third year at Chapman, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology.  Vanessa also has coaching experience with the OC Crush Lacrosse Club and SoCal Express Girls Lacrosse Club.  She is from Tustin, CA and a 4 year Foothill Girls Lacrosse Alum.


 

Makenna Pietras
JV Assistant Coach
Coach Makenna is starting her 1st year as Assistant Junior Varsity Coach for Foothill Girls Lacrosse.  She graduated from Foothill in 2020, having played Varsity Lacrosse her Junior and Senior years.  Coach Makenna plays WWLL Club Lacrosse at Fullerton College.  This is her first year at Fullerton, majoring in Business Administration.  Makenna also has coaching experience from OC Lacrosse Academy and SoCal Express Girls Lacrosse Club.  She is from Orange, CA and a 4 year Foothill Girls Lacrosse Alumni.

Mo Gainz
Trainer
Mo received his B.S. degree in Exercise Science from Delta State University.  He now prepares athletes for their present and forthcoming opportunites.  For the past 4 years he has worked with professional, elite, and rising youth athletes of all levels and sports.  Whether you're a top NFL athlete or a rising star, Mo applies the same passion needed to take your game to the next level while preparing you to be the best version of yourself!

Morgan Fennell (Coach Mo)

 Strength and Conditioning