Paddy Chester is the new boys’ lacrosse head coach at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. Chester steps up into the head coach role after serving as an assistant for the last three years.
“I am excited for the opportunity to enter into my new role at Santa Margarita Catholic High School and lead the boys’ lacrosse program” Chester said in a Santa Margarita press release. “This is a great program and I can’t wait to get started. We have a talented group of young men and I look forward to building the success of the program.”
Santa Margarita Athletic Director Annie Garrett is very excited for Chester to get started and lead the program to a successful future.
“Paddy Chester brings a wealth of experience and excitement to our lacrosse program,” Garrett said.
HIRED!! Santa Margarita Catholic High School is proud to announce the hiring of our new head @SMEaglePride Coach, Paddy Chester!! @ocvarsity @MaxLaxinc @SteveFryer @latsondheimer pic.twitter.com/SiWGs1pOym
— SMCHS Athletics (@SMCHSAthletics) December 15, 2018
Chester has been involved in lacrosse for 40 years as a player and coach. He started playing lacrosse in high school in England and continued playing lacrosse at Sheffield University and for the Sheffield Steelers in Division 1 for almost 20 years. He was a member of the England Men’s Lacrosse Squad from 1987-98. Chester was selected on the English Lacrosse “Team of the Year” in 1995-96 and MVP of English Lacrosse Division 1 in 1994-95.
Chester coached England’s U19, and was an Assistant Coach on England Men’s Team that won European Championships in 2000 and 2002, before becoming Assistant Manager until 2004.
More locally Chester was the Offensive Coordinator for Cal State Fullerton and coached at San Clemente High School, Mater Dei, St Margaret’s and Foothill. He was the Defensive Coordinator for the 2017 Concordia University Irvine team that won the MCLA Division 2 Championship.