Jimmy Borell is currently head coach of the Los Angeles powerhouse, Palos Verdes High School in Los Angeles. He is a decorated player, having been through the Air Force Prep, University of Maryland, LA Riptide, and Philadelphia Wings programs. He is an advocate for the growth of the game, as evidenced by his willingness to bring his acumen out west. He has contributed to the future of many players from the area including Zach Rogers, and Zack Fixen. Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions coach!
Q: Tell us about your lacrosse background. Where did you play? How long have you been coaching?
A: Lake Braddock HS, VA. Air Force Prep School Football, Univ. of Maryland, Philly Wings, San Jose Stealth NLL, LA riptide, Denver Outlaws, Ohio Machine MLL, LXM Pro
Q: What style of play do you like to use?
A: Depends on my player personnel, but i love a high paced game
Q: Do you like to give inspirational speeches to your players before the game?
A: if the players need a little pump up speech, just depends on the situation
Q: Tell us one thing about you about that most people don’t know.
A: I didn’t pick up a stick until the day before tryouts my sophomore year of HS
Q: Did you have a pre game ritual as a player? what was it?
A: OCD about my cleat laces, tie and re-tie usually 3 times pre game so they are perfect
Q: Favorite lacrosse memory as a player?
A: Beating UVA for ACC championship
Q: Favorite lacrosse memory as a coach?
A: Winning LA Championship as the #6 seed last year
Q: Name three things on your lacrosse bucket list
A: Vail tournament, Llke Placid tournament, playing/coaching in Europe
Q: What is the best movie of all time?
A: Point Break/Road House
Q: Give us a five song playlist for a training run
A: Old school hard rock – ACDC, Guns and Roses
Q: What one piece of advice do you have for the young player looking forward to playing in high school
A: Make sure your stick skills are as dialed in as possible before going into HS. Going from playing against 8th graders to 12th graders makes a huge difference if your goal is to be on varsity
Q: What one piece of advice do you have for the high school player hoping to play in college
A: You have to desperately want it more than anyone around you, and it something you have to work hard for every single day. Its an ultra competitive process now so its all about competing in everything you do!