Maxlaxoc.Com had the opportunity to chat with and get to know former movie star and current Tesoro High School head lacrosse coach Adam Miner. Coach Miner was a pioneer of OC lacrosse at El Toro High School and then went on to play at University of California Santa Barbara. Miner and his assistant coaches Nick Tintle and Desmond Biola just completed their second season at Tesoro where they have lead the the Titans to two consecutive South Coast League titles and a two year record of 26-6. Read on to learn more about Coach Miner’s background, coaching philosophy, and thoughts on the future of lacrosse in the OC.
Q. Did you play lacrosse as a kid? Where?
A. Yes, I began playing lacrosse in 8th grade at Serrano Jr High, the first year they had a team (’89). The next year, I moved on to El Toro High School where other incoming freshman and I helped form their first team. After four years at El Toro, I joined the Gauchos at UCSB. I am proud to be one of the earliest Orange County lacrosse players and I am stoked to have seen it grow so much during my lifetime.
Q. Do you like to give inspirational speeches to your players before the game?
A. Occasionally. Most of the time I feel players need to find their own personal motivation and don’t need to be given a reason to push themselves. In my mind, the goal of every game is the same, we give everything we have for our teammates.
Q. Who are your assistant coaches?
A. The Varsity Assistant Coaches are Nick Tintle and Desmond Biola. Nick is a tremendous player from UNC and undoubtedly one of the best players in Southern California. Desmond joined us this year as a goalie coach and fills a void in a specialty position that neither Nick nor I have experience, so he is tremendously valuable. Edwin Chang and Garren Touchberry, two great Tesoro alumns, round out our staff supporting our Junior Varsity team. I feel extremely fortunate to be supported by our coaching staff and can’t thank them enough for all their sacrifice and hard work. Also, we are always looking to grow our staff with passionate players looking to help strengthen our program.
Q. What style of play do you like to use?
A. I like to direct my players to focus on two or three fundamental concepts of offense or defense and allow them to develop a style based on individual characteristics that can fit in the construct of a successful team environment. In other words, it changes every year.
Q. What is your favorite movie?
A. I am a sucker for underdog sports movies. Miracle is one of my favorites.
Q. Denver or Duke?
A. I was pulling for Denver. The farther west the better and Nick would kill me if I went with Duke.
Q. Do you have any children that play lacrosse?
A. I have a 4 year old daughter; she doesn’t play yet, but is my biggest little fan.
Q. Would you say you are quiet on the sidelines or do you “use your voice”?
A. Mostly quiet, although I have my moments.
Q. What is one thing about you that most people do not know?
A. Probably most relevant is that I was a lacrosse stuntman in the movie American Pie. At the time, I had no idea the movie would be such a hit, but it was a cool experience. The highlight of the experience was attending the premiere. Check it out on YouTube
Q. If you had one game to play over from this past year which game would it be?
A. No question, our loss to El Toro. As much as I love and support El Toro’s program, I would like to take that one back.
Q. When you were a kid, did you sit in the back of the classroom or in the front?
A. Back corner, I was a shy kid.
Q. A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
A. “Is this the audition for Happy Feet Three, The Mexican Hat Dance?” He is a penguin waiter looking to make it big in Hollywood.
Q. What song best described your team this past year?
A. Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Q. Will Southern California lacrosse overtake East Coast lacrosse in quality of play some day?
A. I think so. There are a couple of key factors that will make this possible. Southern California has to continue to improve the quality of coaching and the opportunities to play at early ages. We have a weather advantage over the East Coast and can play year round. If young kids have the opportunity to start as early as they do on the East Coast and get the same exposure to quality coaches, I fully believe the area can cultivate lacrosse talent on par with any region in the world.