West Coast Lacrosse and Mad Dog Lacrosse recently announced they are joining forces to create a national organization that will field local, regional and national teams.
West Coast Lacrosse, founded by Justin Eaton and run by Eaton and Chaminade Prep coach Steve Lane, will be re-branded as Mad Dog LA. Currently, Team West Coast fields boys tournament teams in three age groups — players in the graduating classes of 2020, 2021 and 2023. Fourteen players from the first Team West Coast tournament team, players from the Class of 2016, are currently playing in college.
Lane said those teams would continue, but now those players will have access to the broader resources of Mad Dog.
“It doesn’t take away from the model we’ve had,” Lane said, “the fact that we train a lot, where we train, our coaches — that’s going to remain the same from a local level. But with Mad Dog West and Mad Dog Select, we have massive new network that our families and our kids get to be a part of.”
Mad Dog Lacrosse, founded by Bill Duerr and run by former Johns Hopkins player Tom Duerr, operates in both New Jersey and California, offering camps, clinics, travel teams, and box training for both boys and girls. Last summer, the Mad Dog West 2021 tournament team finished third at the World Series of Youth Lacrosse and won its division at the Denver Shootout and the Vail Warrior Lacrosse tournament.
Lane said the Mad Dog LA teams will provide the local foundation, with players feeding up by tryout or invitation to the regional Mad Dog West or national Mad Dog Select squads. The local teams will play tournaments within driving distance, while the regional and national teams will play in larger, national events.
Lane anticipates posting the club’s schedule and tryout information for spring and summer within the next week.
In an email to Team West Coast families, Lane wrote:
“We are excited to announce the merger between West Coast Lacrosse and Mad Dog Lacrosse. With this merger, Team West Coast will be taking on the Mad Dog name. Everything about the program and its operations that everyone loves will remain intact, but now [will have] the additional networking, exposure and opportunities of the nation’s strongest programs.
“Mad Dog represents one of the strongest coaching staffs in the nation, highlighted by players from multiple professional teams, as well as players & coaches from 15 NCAA programs.
“We could not be more excited to join our Team West Coast families with all of the Mad Dog families to create such a powerful national organization. This is the opportunity of a lifetime!”