Head Coach

Kevin Cooper

Kevin started playing lacrosse in 3rd grade in Crofton, Maryland. He led the Crofton Cardinals to their first ever Maryland State Championship in 2004 as a 7th grader. He went on to have a successful career at Archbishop Spalding High School, which plays in the toughest high school lacrosse conference in the country, the MIAA A. He was a two time captain and led the team to its first ever playoff berth.

Kevin was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to play lacrosse at the University of Maryland and went on to help the team to two National Championship appearances in 2011 and 2012. As a sophomore in 2011 he helped lead the team to an ACC Championship earning All ACC Tournament Team honors in the process. In 2012 as a junior, Kevin was honored with the teams Unsung Hero Award. As a senior in 2013 he led the team in points, goals and assists after switching positions from Midfield to Attack. He was honored with the Dick Edell “Big Man” Award, which is given to the player that best exemplifies the positive and selfless qualities of the legendary coach.

Kevin was selected with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 MLL draft to his hometown team, the Chesapeake Bayhawks. In Kevin’s rookie debut he scored 3 goals and an assist to earn Player of the Game honors as well as MLL Rookie of the Week. Later that season the Chesapeake Bayhawks were crowned MLL Champions. Kevin will begin his 5th MLL season for the Chesapeake Bayhawks this summer.

Kevin has also served as a youth lacrosse and an Assistant High School Coach in the Southern California area over the last three years before taking over at La Costa Canyon. In 2014-15 he was an assistant for his former High School Coach and long time mentor, Zack Burke. Kevin helped Coach Burke capture the 2015 CIF San Diego Championship in an upset over Torrey Pines. In 2016 Coach Cooper began to coach San Marcos High School as an assistant under his great friend and mentor, Mike Mathai. The Knights went 3-13 the year before and in one year Coach Cooper helped led them to their first ever CIF D1 Championship berth. Kevin’s passion in life is teaching and playing the game of lacrosse. He is 26 years old and resides in Encinitas, California.

Assistant Head Coach

Brian Cooper

Coach Brian Cooper attended Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Maryland where he still remains as one of the most decorated players in the schools history. Upon graduating in 2010 Brian was named a US Lacrosse All-American, as well as an Under Armor All-American. Brian was listed as the #36 overall recruit in the Nation and the #11 ranked midfielder by Inside Lacrosse for his graduating class. Cooper was then recruited to the University of Maryland to further his lacrosse career at the D1 collegiate level. At the start of his sophomore year, Cooper was moved to close defense where he started every game, contributing to the teams run to the National Championship in 2011. As a Junior and Senior, Brian moved to the defensive midfield line where he continued to be a starter for the remainder of his collegiate career. After the completion of senior season Brian was honored with the William Cole Award as Maryland’s best midfielder. Post-college Brian was selected as the #64 pick in the MLL draft by the Chesapeake Bayhawks.

Brian started coaching in 2009 with his brother and the two have been working closely together since. Brian has been the Head Coach of the 3d 2019 Select team leading them to multiple Championships over the past 3 seasons. Brian is highly energetic and passionate defensive coach, and is excited to continue the legacy of defensive excellence at La Costa Canyon

Defensive Coach

Mike Riis

Mike RiisMike grew up in Carlsbad and graduated from La Costa Canyon in 2011 where he played Lacrosse and Football. As a junior Mike was a part of the 2010 CIF Championship 23-0 men’s lacrosse team. After La Costa Canyon Mike went to play for the University of Denver Men’s lacrosse team and head coach Bill Tierney. At the University of Denver he was a four-year starter and played in three final fours. In 2015 Mike played a key role in Denver taking home the National Championship earning All Tournament Team honors. After college Mike moved back to San Diego to start a career in the insurance industry as well as coach Bishops JV lacrosse team. Currently Mike works in downtown San Diego for a Commercial Insurance and Risk Management Brokerage, Cavignac & Associates. Cavignac and Associates recently celebrated 25 years of insuring the building industry here in San Diego. Mike is looking forward to aiding the Cooper brothers in bringing several CIF championships to the place that was so good to him for four years.