Trent Cooper is the new head boys’ lacrosse coach at Dana Hills High School. Cooper accepted the Dana Hills position after leading the Mission Viejo program for two years. Cooper guided the Diablos to an 11-5 record and second place in the Sea View League.
Cooper takes over a team that finished with a 7-9 overall record but struggled in South Coast League play. Having been around Orange County lacrosse for close to 15 years, Cooper remembers when the Dolphins were one of the top programs in the County.
“I was first introduced to lacrosse in 2004,” Cooper said by email. “I was in 7th grade and signed up for this new sport exploding across the West Coast–Lacrosse. I practiced at Las Flores with Coach Brian Eisenberg.
At the time, Dana Hills High School was one of the only high school programs with an actual legit team. It has been amazing to watch how much the game is growing and to be a part of it then as a player and now as a coach. This coaching position gives me the opportunity to bring my knowledge, passion and experience to the team. I am dedicated to continue to grow the sport where it all first started for me.”
Cooper said that the support and commitment from the Dana Hills High School community helped attract him to his new position and that he is happy to start out with an experienced assistant coach to lean on.
” I will have the privilege to coach with Coach Kauo who has not only taught at Dana Hills High School since 1996, he has coached many sports for over 35 years! He is highly respected as a coach and he is an asset to have on staff.
Although the school year has barely begun, Cooper is already thinking about the 2019 season and beyond.
“As a team, the goal is always to win league and make the playoffs. As a coach, I also intend to impact the lives of my players by teaching them the importance of academics, citizenship, and the value of hard work. I want the DHHS Program to be a respected OC program because of our fair play, intense competitiveness, and elite skill level. I want our boys to walk on and off the field for each game with grit and pride.
Before you can truly build a team you must have a foundation. “I plan to build a foundation by improving the fundamentals, watching film and increasing our “lacrosse IQ”. This will highlight our strengths and weaknesses as a team and help the coaching staff to develop an offense and defense that best suits our talent.”