Get to Know: Fullerton’s New Head Coach Mike Ansel

CSUF_logoCal State Fullerton’s own Mike Ansel was recently given the reins at CSUF and is ready to lead an extremely talented group of Titans to the promised land. Coach Ansel took some to talk to MaxLaxOC.com to tell as a little about himself and what is in store for the Titans.

Where did you grow up?
Sonoma County, CA

When did you start to play lacrosse as a kid?
8th grade

Best lacrosse memory as a player?
Scoring five goals against Westminster (defending DII National Champions)

Best lacrosse memory as a coach?
CSUF assistant coach – Beating #5 ranked Grand Canyon

Rip City Head Coach – Watching Nick Demaio deliver a behind-the-back pass to Yuta Marata who scored with a behind-the-back goal. BTB to BTB.

Do you like to give inspirational speeches to your players before the game?
Some coaches are very good at doing it, unfortunately it isn’t my thing. I like to settle the moment down and relax the players before they get after it.

Mike Ansel in his playing days at Cal State University Fullerton
Mike Ansel in his playing days at Cal State University Fullerton

What are your three top priorities for next season?
1. Make playoffs
2. Win the SLC
3. Have team chemistry. Without it, neither of those first two will happen.

What style of play do you like to use?
I think to attack teams. Keep taking shots, apply pressure. Make teams feel uncomfortable.

What is your favorite movie?
“Moneyball” or anything with Leo

Would you say you are quiet on the sidelines or do you like the guys to hear you?
I am pretty quiet.

What is one thing about you that most people do not know?
The order of sports I am best at are:
1. Badminton
2. Lacrosse
3. Baseball

What advice do you have for the high school player who wants to play in college?
I would tell every kid to approach the school as if you weren’t going to play lacrosse there. See the school for what it is, make sure it is something you’d love if lacrosse doesn’t happen to work out.

When you were a kid, did you sit in the back of the classroom or in the front?
Back

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
Hahaha.. I am pretty sure we would both be speechless.

Will Southern California lacrosse overtake East Coast lacrosse in quality of play some day?
I think it could but it might be a while.

Who are some of the guys you lost last year and who will be stepping up to fill those rolls.
Kody Kareta was a great LSM we lost last year. We have a couple first-year players at Fullerton in Alex Kowalski and Chris Laurino who I know will make big impacts right away.

What is going to be the main thing that you believe will get you back to the SLC championship game and win it.
Being a team. You can win a couple games here and there relying on one or two players but to go the distance you need a team to go the distance.

Thanks for sitting down with us Coach! Can’t wait to see Fullerton play this year.

–MaxLaxOC