Charlie Meister has big plans for the USC lacrosse program. Meister joined the Trojans in 2012 as the team’s General Manager and Recruiting Coordinator, and immediately began to help rebuild a struggling program. Now that the team’s Executive Board is reestablished, an Alumni Board is in place, and a coaching staff of three former NCAA Division 1 players is leading the team, Meister is looking forward to his Trojans competing for an SLC championship and beyond. Read on to learn more about the man who helped start lacrosse in Los Angeles in 1999, and is now using his entrepreneurial skills to turn the Trojans into championship contenders.
Tell us about your lacrosse background. Where did you play?
How long have you been coaching? I grew up in Deer Park, Long Island. Where I was the starting Varsity Goalie from 1974-1977; Captain ‘77. I attended Brown University where I was the starting goalie 1978-1981; Captain ’81. I started coaching in 1999 when I started the first youth lacrosse program in LA County which has spawned all the high school lacrosse in LA County. I started Coaching at USC in 2012.
What style of play do you like to use?
I love up and down lacrosse where offense is started with a goalie save and ends in a fast break goal.
What is the make-up of your coaching staff?
Chris Boland is the Head Coach, Trevor Brown is the Defensive Coordinator. I am the General Manager, Goalie Coach and Recruiting Coordinator.
Did you have a pre-game ritual as a player? What was it?
Before every game in High School and in college, when the Refs called for the goalies to shake hands in the middle of the field, I always made it across the midline to shake hands before my opponent…
Favorite lacrosse memory as a player?
My favorite memory as a lacrosse player was playing pickup lacrosse with my brothers and friends in my backyard during the summer…it was an awesome time.
Favorite lacrosse memory as a coach?
My first year at USC we had a student come to practice and say he played three sports during high school: Football, Basketball and Volleyball and he was not good enough to play any of them at USC but he never played lacrosse and he wanted to try out. I asked what position he played in each and he said, Middle linebacker in football, guard in basketball and belaro in volleyball.…He was a natural defender so we taught him to play short stick defense and he became one of our best man down players we had and we named the walk on player of the year award after him…Ricky White…
Name three things on your lacrosse bucket list
1. Help USC Make the SLC Playoffs
2. Help USC win the SLC North Div. I Championship and make the MCLA playoffs; and
3. Help USC win the MCLA Championship.
What one piece of advice do you have for the young player looking forward to playing in high school?
Work hard and play smart while learning to be a great teammate and a better person.
What one piece of advice do you have for the high school player hoping to play in college?
Continue to work hard and play smart while learning to be a great teammate and a better person.