Meet El Toro Head Coach Andy Salcido

El ToroMaxLacOC caught up recently with El Toro High School Head Coach Andy Salcido. Coach Salcido lead the Charges to the playoffs again in 2013 and is looking forward to another strong year in 2014.

Q. Did you play lacrosse as a kid? Where?

A. I did. I started playing in the 7th grade for Serrano Intermediate Hawks in Lake Forest, CA.

Q. Do you like to give inspirational speeches to your players before the game?

A. I do whatever is necessary for the kids to give me their maximum effort level and focus. You hope and assume that it isn’t necessary but you can easily read their body language and see their warmups to judge what they need to get going. But when it’s needed, oh ya I can rally and give a good speech.

Q. Who are your assistant coaches?

A. This past year I only had one full time varsity assistant coach, Justin Ferrell. He played at ET with me and graduated in 2007 from there as well. He did a great job with the kids and really made me look like the good cop to the guys.

Q. What style of play do you like to use?

A. Basic. Lacrosse is a basic sport that doesn’t need to be over thought or clouded with complicate schemes and strategies. We have a rich history at ET with being a blue collar team, so we try to implement that style. Good, hardnosed blue color work. We want to be the team willing to grind it out.

Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. That’s tough. I think I find myself saying “that’s like my favorite movie” every day. But at this moment, right now I will say the classic Footloose.

Q. Denver or Duke?

A. Oh absolutely Denver.

Q. Do you have any children that play lacrosse?

A. No children to date, I still have plenty of time before then. However, I hope one day to have some little Salcido’s running around that are much
better than me at the sport.

Q. Would you say you are quite on the sidelines or do you speak up?

A. I pick my moments and battles. But when I get loud I like to make sure I am heard.

Q. What is one thing about you that most people do not know?

A. I paint by big toe nails. I have for years. When I played at Chapman my toes would get black from getting stepped on, so my fellow defenders and I started painting our big toe nails to cover that up and it turned into superstition.

Q. If you had one game to play over from this past year which game would it be?

A. Our second game against Tesoro. We played them earlier in the year losing by a landslide. In our second matchup we needed the win to really make a push for a spot in the playoffs, this was a league game so we felt we matched up even though the first score didn’t show. In the second game we came out with an entirely different feel and played the way I know makes this program proud. I’ve never been prouder of my guys! I would like to play that game over and over!

Q. When you were a kid, did you sit in the back of the classroom or in the front?

A. From what I remember our seats were assigned, but in college I was a front row type of kid. Anything to earn those brownie points!

Q. Will Southern California lacrosse overtake East Coast lacrosse in quality of play some day?

A. I sure hope so. I know we have the weather and athletes for it, but we still need more time. From what I can tell we need to continue to have good
coaching and develop our younger players. I would say that the gap from even just 5 years ago has closed by a lot!

Thanks Coach and good luck next season!


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