LA COSTA CANYON
LCC Boys Lacrosse 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.
Former Champman University coach leading them to 4 SLC Conference Championships (2011, 2016, 2018, & 2019). Coach Hartley coached at La Costa Canyon H.S. from 2003-2010 leading the Mavericks to 8 straight San Diego CIF Championship games and 4 CIF Titles before leaving for Chapman after the 2010 season. Coach Hartley began playing lacrosse as a midfielder his senior year at San Dieguito HS in Encinitas CA in 1996. He went on to play LSM at Sonoma State University in the MCLA from 1997-2000 earning 1st Team all WCLL his Soph, Jr and Sr seasons, 1st Team MCLA All America his Jr and Sr season, and 1st Team All MCLA tournament his Jr and Sr season.
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.
JUNIOR VARSITY HEAD COACH
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.
Questions? Feel free to reach out to head coach Kevin Cooper.
Tel: 760-436-6136 Email: Kevin@lcclax.com