The Newport Harbor High School boys lacrosse team will be under new guidance as David Todd has been appointed as the new head coach.
David takes over for his brother Mark Todd who stepped down after 10 seasons with Newport Harbor to spend more tine with his family. Mark helped the Sailors win four Sunset League titles (’15, ’16, ’18, ’19) and two playoff games (’12, ’19) in his tenure, while only missing the postseason once.
David’s promotion offers continuity to the Sailors programs. He has been working with the local youth lacrosse program, the Landsharks, since 2016 and has been an assistant at NHHS since 2018 as an assistant coach.
“It’s almost like a seamless transition. We’ve been coaching these kids for six years. They all know what to do and their [lacrosse] IQ is off the charts,” Todd said.
Todd stressed the important role that his staff of assistant coaches have played in Newport Harbors recent success.
“Being a head coach is sort of and administrator duty. Where the kids are getting most of the coaching is through the assistant coaches. The head coach is is only as good as his assistant coaches,” Todd said giving credit to assistant coaches Tom McCahill, Taylor Ghesquiere and Blake Lenk. “Without these guys there would be no program at Newport Harbor High School.”
Despite losing players such as Rhett Farmer, Aidan Goltz, Garrett Rovazzini and 14 other seniors to graduation last year, Todd is not concerned about rebuilding. He expects players such as Will Patterson, Troy Kennedy, AJ Brown and Mason Williams to step up when the time comes.
“I don’t see any kind of rebuilding that needs to happen whatsoever. These boys have been playing together for a long time. This season coming up, we’re gung-ho,” Todd said.
An interesting fun fact about Todd is that when he was nine years old, his club lacrosse coach back in Baltimore made him a deal that if he can take an old straw broom, grab the ball and throw and hit the ball off a wall 20 times in a row, he would be given a lacrosse stick and spot on the 10-12’s club team. Despite it taking two weeks, Todd was able to get the coach’s task done and earn a spot on the team.
“When I set my mind to something, I set my mind to something. I don’t let anything stop me,” Todd said. “It’s just one of those pursuits that we have as Todds moving forward.”
Prior to being at Newport Harbor, Todd, along with Mark, coached together at Chapman and started the boys program at Corona Del Mar. Todd has been coaching lacrosse in Southern California for over 20 years and he is also coaches the freshman running backs for Newport Harbor High’s football program as well.
“I coach lacrosse, I love the sport and I don’t think I’m going to go anywhere for a long time,” Todd said.