Brentwood gets new coach, new league

The lacrosse program at Brentwood School will have a whole new look this spring, with a new head coach and a move out of the Mission League for the first time since the team’s first year of play in 2005.

Skyler Hopkins, formerly offensive coordinator at Harvard Westlake, takes over as head coach, replacing J.D. Lopez, who stepped down after guiding the Eagles for the past four seasons.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Brentwood School community and am looking forward to a great Spring season,” Hopkins said via email. He also runs a lacrosse training company called Catch! Lacrosse that specializes in small group training, 3-on-3 tournaments and camps.

Hopkins is a native of Maryland who started playing lacrosse in first grade and hasn’t stopped. After high school, he played both attack and midfield at Middlebury College, where he was a three-year starter and earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior. Now, in addition to coaching, he plays for the Beverly Hills Bucks of the Southern California Post-Collegiate Men’s League.

At Brentwood, Hopkins inherits a program that has struggled against the likes of Loyola, Harvard Westlake and Crespi in the Mission League, posting only eight league victories in the past five seasons.

This year, the Eagles are joining Malibu, Sierra Canyon and Viewpoint to form the Gold Coast League. All three of Brentwood’s new league rivals played as independents last season.

Replacing Brentwood in the Mission League will be St. Francis, which has played as an independent in its two seasons of existence.