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Eric Bassett has been named the boys’ lacrosse head coach at Trabuco Hills High School.  Bassett takes over a program that is on the rise.  The Mustangs earned their first South Coast League championship last year with a 15-4 record overall record, good enough for No. 8 in the final rankings in the Southern Section.

A native of Denver and a University of Arizona alum,  Bassett will bring a western lacrosse influence to his new post.  He has coached locally for the SoCal Lacrosse youth program and was an assistant at league rival Aliso Niguel.  Bassett took a few minutes to sit down with and introduce himself to the OC lacrosse community. Read on to get to know Eric Bassett. What attracted you to the Trabuco Hills job?
EB: The great support from the families/boosters and the ability to win now. What are your three top priorities for this season?
EB: Creating stability, building an infrastructure that can sustain excellence and taking care of our seniors. What style of play do you like to use?
EB: In a perfect world; A transition game like Brown, defend and ride like Norte Dame and run a pure motion offense like Denver. Where did you grow up?
EB: Denver, Co. Where did you play lacrosse?
EB: University of Arizona Best lacrosse memory as a player?
EB: Getting recognition for my school by scoring a goal on National TV in the North vs. South All-Star game at Johns Hopkins University in 1990. (Yes, they had cable television back then) Best lacrosse memory as a coach?
EB: My U9 team completing a perfect 34-0 record in 2014. Do you like to give inspirational speeches to your players before the game?
EB: No. I know it’s important to motivate your players and it works for a lot of coaches, but I never needed it as a player. I would rather know I’m well prepared and walk on the field with a silent confidence rather then a massive cheer. What is your favorite movie?
EB: Hoosiers – You’ve got to respect a guy that sticks to his principles, regardless of the heat. Would you say you are quiet on the sidelines or do you like the guys to hear you?
EB: I like the guys to hear me, but in a calm constructive manner. (although that doesn’t always happen) What is one thing about you that most people do not know?
EB: I am a Film Producer. What advice do you have for the high school player who wants to play in college?
EB: Lose the attitude and sleep with your stick.