First-year Woodbridge high school head coach Perry Craz brings an impressive resume that includes a national championship to the Warrior. The Long Island native won a national championship at Salisbury. Craz and the Warriors hope that experience will help bring a Pacific Coast League championship to Woodbridge.
A midfielder in his playing day, Craz began his lacrosse career at the age of 10 and went to Westhampton Beach high school on Long Island where he ended his high school career with 211 points.
After one year at the University of Albany, Craz transferred to Salisbury where he won the NCAA Division 3 national championship his senior year in 2011. Craz was roommates with Mater Dei head coach Johnny Rodriguez and Beckman head coach Matt Cannone during his time at Salisbury and still maintains a friendship with both coaches.
“We all ended up moving out here and doing our own thing, so that’s where I’m at with my guys out here,” Craz said. “I’ve known all those guys forever.”
Following his time as a player, Craz was a column writer for Inside Lacrosse for one year. He ventured out to Southern California for the first time to become an offensive coordinator for San Clemente’s varsity team.
From 2013-2014, he went to Trabuco Hills to work in a similar position before returning to Pennsylvania for two seasons as an offensive coordinator for D-III Kings College. Despite traveling back to the east coast, Craz really wanted to come back to Orange County.
“I have a lot of roots out here,” Craz said. “This has always been a place where I can do lacrosse full-time and go surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and do all the things I want to do and I love the people here. I love the weather here.”
While Woodbridge has not had a winning season since 2014, Craz wants to spread lacrosse in his new home and develop a different culture.
“I just want to grow the area and grow the area of Irvine,” Craz said. “The area of Irvine has just really not had it’s personal touch it deserves yet, so I’m just trying to add on to whatever the other coaches in the area have been doing to grow the sport.”
Craz added former Concordia goalkeeper Austin Morales to his staff this season, who is in charge of coaching defense and goalkeeping. Woodbridge is currently 1-2 on the season and will host Mission Viejo tonight.