Sophia Aragon has been named the head coach of the Los Alamitos girls lacrosse team. Fia, as she is known to friends and family, played three years of varsity lacrosse (2010-2012) at Los Al before moving on to play for Fresno State. The Griffins were won three Southern Section championships during Aragon’s high school career. She was the Los Al Defensive Player of the Year (2011, 2012), Los Al Team Captain (2012), 1st Team All-League (2011, 2012), and 1st Team All-County (2011, 2012).
After graduating from Los Al, Aragon played D1 Lacrosse at Fresno State from 2012-2016. She was named Fresno State MVP (2014, 2016), Fresno State Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016) Fresno State Team Captain (2016) and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation 2nd Team All-Conference in 2016. Aragon holds Fresno State’s all-time records for games started, ground balls, caused turnovers, ground ball per game, and a single game record for most caused turnovers.
Aragon took some time to chat with MaxLaxOC.com about her return to Los Al.
How does it feel to return to your high school alma mater after four years of playing Division 1 lacrosse?
It’s a bit surreal to be back in general. To be named the head varsity coach on top of that is definitely a full circle story. Playing D1 lacrosse definitely taught me things that I couldn’t learn anywhere else and I’m excited to implement this into our program here at Los Al! I have big shoes to fill from my years as a Griffin. Meredith Meyran set the bar high as the ideal varsity coach to get the program started. And following her I was coached by Liz Conelly who’s knowledge of the game was undeniable. Now it’s my time to lead the Griffins and Im excited and grateful to be given this opportunity.
Does it seem like much has changed at Los Al since you left for college?
Yes, some stuff has changed. However, so much is also the same. We have new beautiful turf field which is something we didn’t have during my years here, so that’s exciting! The campus was definitely given a facelift over the past few years so that is also exciting and makes you proud when hosting games. But the morals and expectations of what it means to be a Griffin are the same. The community wants our girls to succeed and in return we want to make them proud, so that is the same from when I attended Los Al as a student-athlete.
What are you goals for your first season as head coach?
My main goals is to provide these girls with the fundamental skills and knowledge of lacrosse. Once we get that down I’m confident the wins will follow. I want these girls to experience the glory that I got to experience during my years here. CIF championships, 44-0 win streaks, All-county players, etc. I want to get the girls to a place where they realize and believe these are attainable goals and then we work hard as a team to achieve them.