The Murrietta Unified School District brings three new CIF lacrosse teams to the Southern Section for the 2015 season. Like Great Oak High School School and Temecula Valley High School, these three schools will compete in the southern division with teams from Orange County. Jeff Young , the head coach at Vista Murrietta, 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 Broncos to the Southern Section.
Q: Tell us about your lacrosse background. Where did you play? How long have you been coaching?
A: I grew up playing lacrosse in Maryland. I have played lacrosse since I was 8 yrs old. I played high school lacrosse at Arundel High School in Gambrills, MD where we won two State Championships. I played Lacrosse at Anne Arundel Community College. Meanwhile, I was coaching youth lacrosse 15U for a local recreation league in Maryland.
Q: What style of play do you like to use?
A: I like to coach an up tempo style offense/defense.
Q: What are your team goals for your first year?
A: The goals for the first season is to teach the game and be competitive.
Q: Where do you want this team to be in five years?
A: I want the program to be competing at a high level and be a reputable program.
Q: Do you like to give inspirational speeches to your players before the game?
A: I think that time should be time for the players to focus on the game plan and to think about their responsibilities before the game.
Q: Favorite lacrosse memory as a player?
A: Winning the State Championship and being named MVP.
Q: Favorite lacrosse memory as a coach?
A: Seeing young kids learning the game and having the passion to be successful.
Q: Name three things on your lacrosse bucket list
A: 1- Attend the NCAA Championship game.
2- Visit Notre Dame and attend a practice season.
3- Attend the World Lacrosse Championship
Q: What is the best movie of all time?
A: Caddy Shack
Q: What one piece of advice do you have for the young player looking forward to playing in high school?
A: Have fun and work on your fundamentals everyday.
Q: What one piece of advice do you have for the high school player hoping to play in college?
A: Focus must be on their education first. Master your mechanics/fundamentals. Be respectful of the game and play it with CLASS.
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