The Murrietta Unified School District brings three new CIF lacrosse teams to the Southern Section for the 2015 season. These three schools will compete in the southern division with teams from Orange County. Charles Arthur, the head coach at Murrietta Mesa, took some time to chat with MaxLaxOC and tell us about his plans for his first year program. Please join us in welcoming the Murrietta Mesa Rams to the Southern Section.
Q: Tell us about your lacrosse background. Where did you play? How long have you been coaching?
A: I played lacrosse at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. After college in 1996 I went to Rhode Island, and coached at the University of Rhode Island until 2003. I heave spent the last few years coaching youth lacrosse with Temecula Valley Lacrosse Club, and coached the JV team at Chaparral High School last year. In all I have been coaching for 18 years.
Q: What style of play do you like to use?
A:I like to play a very uptempo offense, and a very aggressive, pressuring defense.
Q: What are your team goals for your first year?
A: Our goal this year is to be competitive in every game we play. My goal as a coach is to find several new players that will contribute in some way this upcoming season.
Q: Where do you want this team to be in five years?
A: In five years, I would like Mesa to be the premier program in Murrieta, and would like this region to be seen as one of the premier lacrosse regions in Southern California.
Q: Do you like to give inspirational speeches to your players before the game?
A: I do not like to give inspirational speeches prior to every game. I like to save my speeches for just the right moments and I feel like that adds to the impact.
Q: Would you say you’re particularly loud on the sidelines?
A: I guess I would say I am quiet on the sidelines compared to other coaches I have seen.
Q: Did you have any pre-game rituals as a player? What was it?
A: My pre game ritual was face paint and a couple Tylenol.
Q: Favorite lacrosse memory as a player?
A: My favorite memory as a player was the 1995 WCLL semi-final game versus Sacramento State, were we avenged a loss earlier in the season and went on to the WCLL championship game. I still have the video of that game.
Q: Favorite lacrosse memory as a coach?
A: My favorite memory as a coach was winning the PCLL championship with URI, avenging an earlier season loss to the Univ of New Hampshire. The game determined the PCLL representative at the MCLA national championships and we played at UNH. We jumped out to a four goal lead and went on to win, earning a spot in the MCLA national championships.
Q: Name three things on your lacrosse bucket list
1. Memorial Day National Championship Weekend with my Son
2. Temecula/ Murrieta Lacrosse youth leagues with BIG numbers
3. A game at Notre Dame (again with my son)
Q: What is the best movie of all time?
A: The best movie of all time is Tombstone.
Q: Give us a five song playlist for a conditioning session?
A: Five songs on my training run… GDFR (Flo Rida)…Animals (Nahiba)…Til it’s Gone (Yelawolf)…Victory (Puff Daddy and family).. Fight Night (Migos)…. all clean versions of the songs!
Q: What one piece of advice do you have for the young player looking forward to playing in high school?
A: For young players my advice is to spend time on the wall, and work on your speed. If I get freshmen at Mesa that has good stick skills and has speed, I will be a happy coach.
Q: What one piece of advice do you have for the high school player hoping to play in college?
A: For High School players my advice would be to be realistic and be ready to put in the work if you want play in college. Playing in college takes a lot of work by the players and parents.
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