Coaches

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. This year Kevin is currently playing for the Charlotte Hounds, and was voted week 1 player of the week with 7 goals and 3 assists.

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.

In his first year as Head coach off the Mavericks Lacrosse team, Kevin was voted CIF Coach of the year and led the Mavericks to a win in the Open Division CIF Championship and the team was Ranked #26 in the country. He is 27 years old and resides in Encinitas, California.

 

Assistant Coach

Ryan Simmons

Syracuse University – 2018 Team Captain

Ryan Simmons born and raised in God’s country played at Fayetteville Manlius High School where he was the sole team captain as a senior.  Ryan carried on the family tradition by playing at Syracuse University and was a team captain in his senior year.

I’m honored to be entering my second season with LCC Lacrosse.”

Assistant Coach

Rob Morrison

University of Maryland

Rob is from Bethesda, Maryland and played midfield for the Landon Bears, class of ‘05 under lacrosse Hall of Fame Head Coach, Rob Bordley.  Rob went on to play at Maryland, class of ‘09, with one final 4 appearance in ‘06.  Assistant Coach of Walt Whitman Varsity after graduating from Maryland. Coach for 2022 SoCal Bulls for the last year.

“Looking forward to working with the La Costa Canyon lacrosse program this season.”

Junior Varsity Head Coach

Colin Strange

Marquette University

Colin Strange was raised in southeastern PA and attended Hempfield High School. From there he spent 4 years playing lacrosse at Marquette University and won 2 Big East championships. Spending summers coaching and giving individual lessons, Colin recognizes how important it is to spread his love and knowledge of lacrosse to younger generations.

Looking back on my career, I always had great coaches helping me develop, and now that I’m older I understand that my success doesn’t happen without them.”