Kevin Cooper, an assistant at San Marcos last spring and manager of the 3d San Diego club, has been named the new head coach at La Costa Canyon, replacing Jesse Foss. Foss left to take over the MCLA program at San Diego State.
“I am honored to be selected as the next La Costa Canyon head coach,” Cooper said via email. “LCC is one of if not the most storied lacrosse programs in San Diego. I played them my freshmen year of high school at Archbishop Spalding (Maryland) and only beat them by one goal [a 4-3 win in 2006]. They have been very good for a long time. I am looking forward to keeping that strong tradition alive and well.”
Cooper is only the third coach in the last 15 seasons at LCC, following Foss (six seasons) and Dallas Hartley (eight seasons). Hartley has been head coach at Chapman University since leaving LCC.
Last year, Foss led La Costa Canyon to a 15-7 overall record and the CIF San Diego Section Open Division semifinals, where the Mavericks fell to Poway 16-8. Poway head coach Zack Burke, who also serves as director of 3d San Diego, coached Cooper in high school at Archibishop Spalding.
At San Marcos last spring, Cooper helped coach Mike Mathai lead the Knights to the CIF D-I title game, where they fell to No. 2-seeded Santa Fe Christian. “I would like to thank [Mike] for providing me the the opportunity to coach and learn under him,” Cooper said. “He taught me a lot about being a leader and a man.”
Before San Marcos, Cooper was an assistant under Burke at Poway for two seasons. Now he takes over one of most well known and most successful programs in Southern California. The Mavericks have reached the CIF finals in one division or another in 11 of the last 15 seasons, winning seven championships.
“I know La Costa Canyon is one of the top programs in San Diego,” Cooper said. “I have coached against them the last three spring seasons, and they were always well coached and stacked with talent. I am looking forward to getting to know the players on the team and developing them as lacrosse players but more importantly young men.”
Cooper also plans to continue his Major League Lacrosse career with the Chesapeake Bayhawks in his home state of Maryland. The Bayhawks drafted Cooper out of the University of Maryland in 2013. He later played two seasons for the Ohio Machine and began last season with the expansion Atlanta Blaze before being traded to Chesapeake in June.