Edison High School has a rich athletic history. And in that tradition, the Chargers surprised more than a few people when they finished their first season of CIF lacrosse with an 8-8 record. During the offseason, the Chargers had a coaching change and they are now lead by Team New Zealand player Rich Clayton. Coach Clayton took some time to talk about his background and plans for Chargers lacrosse. Read on to meet Rich Clayton.
Q: Tell us about your lacrosse background. Where did you play? How long have you been coaching?
A: Lakeridge HS, Oregon. Oregon State University. Team New Zealand ‘11 ‘14. I have been coaching for past 7 years.
Q: What style of play do you like to use?
A: Fundamentally Fast.
Q: The Chargers turned some heads by going 8-8 in their first year of CIF competition. What are your team goals for this year?
A: Improve on the foundations set by the players of yesteryear. Be proud of our program and what it takes to win in the highly competitive CIF.
Q: Where do you want this team to be in five years?
A: Edison Athletics has taught the boys how to be a part of a team, the system is in place now we wait and see.
Q: Do you like to give inspirational speeches to your players before the game?
A: Nope. Just Business as usual.
Q: Favorite lacrosse memory as a player?
A: Presenting the haka, (native New Zealand war dance) to the Iroquois lacrosse team at the 2014 World Games in Denver. Then playing with my 3 brothers in the tournament.
Q: Favorite lacrosse memory as a coach?
A: Going back to Lakeridge High and coaching JV2. Helping a program that gave me so much.
Q: Name three things on your lacrosse bucket list –
A: 1. Only one grow the sport.
Q: What is the best movie of all time?
A: Big Lebowski
Q: What one piece of advice do you have for the young player looking forward to playing in high school?
A: Best times with guys you will remain friends with for life.
Q: What one piece of advice do you have for the high school player hoping to play in college?
A: There are so many options to play lacrosse past high school. Just keep playing! Find the right fit for you and commit 100 percent.