When Aaron Karsh took over at Mira Costa before the 2014 season, the Mustangs were coming off back to back seasons in which they went a combined 15-19 and endured two coaching changes. Before that stretch, Costa had been one of the elite programs in the L.A. area, winning the North Division in 2010 and 2011.
But in the last three seasons, the program has come a long way. This is not to say the Mustangs are all the way back to their former status, but after consecutive records of 7-8, 9-7 and 12-7, the curve is trending upward.
Despite losing players like Zane Crandall (Lafayette) and John Van Sickle (Drexel) to graduation, Costa returns an experienced roster, highlighted by senior A/M Casey Bonner (pictured), a first-team All-Bay League and first-team Greater LA South All-Area selection.
Coach Karsh provided five things to know about Mira Costa:
Experienced roster: We return 20 of our 27 varsity players from last year. We will need to fill holes at every position, but the meat and potatoes of our program got a lot of experience last year as we battled through injuries throughout the year.
New coaches/staff: Chris Wells joins our staff, helping with our offense. He brings a great energy and enthusiasm to the program. Alex Dodge is going to take on a greater role as our strength and conditioning coach, in addition to helping on the defensive side of the ball.
Program growth: We’ve grown tremendously over the past four years. We’ve built a very strong foundation and are looking to take the next step in re-establishing Mira Costa as the top program in LA.
Fall-ball plans: We do a box lacrosse fall program, then focus a lot on our strength and conditioning in the offseason. We are working on several community service projects, as well as our team paintball trip.
Cross-training: We encourage our guys to be multi sport athletes. We’ve got several football players, and this year a couple of beach volleyball guys, in addition to basketball and soccer.