MaxLaxOC recently caught up with new Mater Dei head lacrosse coach, Paddy Chester. Coach Chester was an assistant coach at St. Margaret’s last year after working as an assistant coach at St. Clemente High School for many years. Coach Chester hails from England and a lacrosse fanatic; he is also a really nice guy!
Q. Where did you grow up?
A. I grew up in Bramhall, a small town in Cheshire, which is South of Manchester in England.
Q. Did you play lacrosse as a kid? Where?
A. Yes I started in September 1978, the year I started private high school at Stockport Grammar School. This was after going to watch the World Championships in Manchester that summer. Canada won for the first time.
Q. Do you like to give inspirational speeches to your players before the game?
A. I try to use my experience of both playing and in life to motivate my players. Lacrosse is such a great game and can teach so much in preparing and dealing with growing up etc. I hope my players know that I want them to use my words positively and to be successful in the game and throughout life.
Q. What are your three top priorities at Mater Dei?
A. Get the players to know me and my coaching style and expectations. Get to know the boys and our strengths and weaknesses. All leading to building Mater Dei lacrosse into a program that I believe can be one of the best on the West Coast.
Q. What style of play do you like to use?
A. I believe in an attacking fast moving game — expansive lacrosse built on good ball movement.
Q. What is your favorite movie?
A. I have two: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Some Like It Hot
Q. U.S. or England, who has better lacrosse?
A. U.S. I have to say but I hope England can keep improving.
Q. Do you have any children that play lacrosse?
A. No I’m afraid not. I have 2 children, Henry and Molly. Henry plays Rugby and Molly is a singer. They can both catch and throw the lacrosse ball and Henry has a great shot with a long stick.
Q. Would you say you are quiet on the sidelines or do you like the guys to hear you?
A. Those people that know me will smile at this one. I am not quiet and will live every play as if it is the last. I encourage and coach constantly through the game.
Q. What is one thing about you that most people do not know?
A. I have 12 pieces of titanium/metal in my lower back, including six, four-inch screws. This is after five spinal surgeries!
Q. As an assistant coach at St. Margaret’s this past season, if you had one game to play over from this past year which game would it be?
A. It would have to be our game at JSerra on April 27th, my birthday. We played so well. I believe this was the game we scored four goals in 27 seconds
Q. When you were a kid, did you sit in the back of the classroom or in the front?
A. We had to sit in alphabetical order in class in rows going up and down the classroom. I was usually in the second row half way down. I loved school so I would have sat at the front if given the chance!
Q. A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
A. Well of course he says Hello and introduces himself!! He is off on vacation as it’s cold in Antarctica. He is here to visit some of his friends at Sea World and the San Diego Zoo; then it’s off to the beach for sun and to surf.
Q. Will Southern California lacrosse overtake East Coast lacrosse in quality of play some day?
A. Possibly we have great athletes here; just need to build on the mental side of playing and the drive to be successful. Hard work and technique will get you there just needs to be done.
Thanks for your time coach! Good luck with your new coaching position! We appreciate everything you do for OC lacrosse.