After 14 seasons, Jesse Foss is leaving La Costa Canyon and heading roughly 30 miles south to take over as head coach of the MCLA program at San Diego State University.
Foss, who took over at La Costa Canyon when Dallas Hartley left to coach at Chapman University, led the Mavericks to a 103-31 record and three CIF championships in six seasons at the helm.
San Diego State is coming off an 8-6 record last spring under coach Charlie Jackson, with three of those losses by a combined four goals in Southwest Lacrosse Conference divisional play. In 2015, the Aztecs went 16-5 and reached the MCLA national tournament. SDSU went 56-21 in four seasons under Jackson’s direction.
Jesse Foss took some time Monday to answer a couple of questions for MaxLax via email:
MaxLax: LCC is a great prep program; what was it about SDSU that pulled you away?
Foss: I believe that San Diego State University is an amazing opportunity. You have what every potential student-athlete is looking for in the college experience! SDSU has a large (30,000 undergraduate students), active student body with a great campus life. It is an affordable, in-state university with a selective enrollment process. SDSU is a strong academic institution with over 160 majors offered. We have big-time Division I athletics and an amazing student section. The lacrosse team has access to facilities that rival most NCAA Division I lacrosse teams. Oh yeah — it’s also in San Diego!
MaxLax: Six years at LCC and a lot of success — what will you miss most?
Foss: It’s actually been 14 years! Eight years as the varsity assistant coach (2003-2010) and six years as the varsity head coach (2011-2016). I will miss the parents and players the most. I was very fortunate while at LCC to have amazing parent support and incredible, hard-working student athletes. I will also miss the LCC vs. Torrey Pines game! This is easily one of the best rivalries that I have been a part of as a coach, a player or a fan.
MaxLax: SDSU had a bit of a down year in 2016 after a couple good years in a row; what do you know about the program?
Foss: SDSU only graduated six players from last year’s team and is returning 29 players with a lot of game experience. They have some talented and athletic players back that were disappointed with last year’s season and want to prove what they can do in 2017! We also have over 40 incoming freshman/transfers trying out this fall, which will make this a very competitive year within the program.
MaxLax: What are the chances SDSU follows Utah down the road to NCAA DI?
Foss: My focus is on getting to know my players on and off the field. We will be working hard this offseason in preparation for a tough spring season. Our goal is to be competitive in the SLC and have an opportunity to play in the MCLA National Tournament.
MaxLax: Anything else you want people to know about the move from LCC to SDSU?
Foss: My LCC families know how much I care about all of them, and I look forward to watching them compete this spring. For players that are interested in learning more about the SDSU lacrosse program, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.