Sophia “Fia” Aragon informed MaxLax via email that has stepped down as the head coach of the Los Alamitos’ girls’ lacrosse coach and that Courtney Novak will lead the Griffins in the 2018/19 academic year.
Novack played defender at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and moved to California soon after graduation in 2017. She was Aragon’s assistant coach last season.
“The Los Alamitos girl’s lacrosse community is amazing and the players are what keep me motivated! It’s amazing when you tell the girls it’s a conditioning day and you see a bunch of smiles as they make their way to the line. I couldn’t ask for more motivated and determined girls this season,” Novak said. “This year we’re going to focus a lot on the mental game. I’m currently studying sport and exercise psychology so I hope to bring some of the concepts I’m learning about to the team.”
Despite her young age, Novack has five years of coaching experience under her belt.
“Over the years I’ve coached alongside phenomenal coaches who have taught me a lot about the game. This being the first time I have my own program I’m excited to blend everything I learned to create my own philosophy and build upon an already established foundation. Past success is something important to the tradition of the team, but this year we are focusing on the future and where we can go,” Novak said in an email.
Aragon graduated from Los Alamitos in 2012 after helping the Griffins win three of their six consecutive Southern Section championships. Following graduation from Fresno State where she was a team captain and won multiple Scholar-Athlete and team MVP awards, Aragon returned to Los AL as head coach for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The Griffins went 11-18 in her two-year span and were knocked out of the playoffs with one-goal first-round losses both seasons.