The long-rumored and long-awaited move is official: The St. John Bosco lacrosse program has moved from club status to full CIF membership for the 2017 season.
Head coach Chris Jewett, who joined St. John Bosco last summer after three seasons at Los Alamitos, announced also that the team has added Brad Brandenburg as assistant coach. A Los Al alum, Brandenburg was a four-year starter in goal at NCAA Division II Colorado Mesa.
The Braves have played in the Pacific Lacrosse League as a club program for the last few seasons. Last spring, they posted a 12-3 record and won the PLL’s SoCal Regional Championship. St. John Bosco has gone 30-14 over the past three seasons.
Now the Braves are ready to take on a full CIF schedule. Jewett said they will play as an independent team within the Los Angeles chapter of U.S. Lacrosse.
“It’s great that a school like SJB, which is a perennial top-5 football program in the country and runs some of the top sports programs in the country, is now 100 percent on board and determined to have a top boys lacrosse program in the West,” Jewett said.
St. John Bosco is one of six new CIF boys programs for 2017, joining Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) — which played only JV last season — Long Beach Poly, Long Beach Wilson, Grace Brethren (Simi Valley) and Segerstrom (Santa Ana).