High School Coaching Changes in the O.C.

Chris Jewett, Leverage Lacrosse

Since the beginning of summer, multiple high school coaching vacancies in the Southland have been filled, including Orange County head coaching positions at Santa Margarita, Los Alamitos, Beckman, Trabuco Hills and Mater Dei. Here’s a look at the coaches taking over those five programs.

Santa Margarita: Adam Guy

Guy takes over at SMCHS after a year off from coaching high school lacrosse. The former head coach and alumnus of El Toro will look to get the Eagles back on track in 2014 after a losing season last year.

Chris Jewett and family
Chris Jewett, with his wife Amber and daughter Dawson, is the new coach at Los Alamitos.
(Photo courtesy Chris Jewett and losalamitoslacrosse.com.)

Los Alamitos: Chris Jewett

Jewett, the founder of theĀ Leverage Lacrosse club, takes over a Los Al squad looking to make a deeper push into the playoffs after a first round exit last year. Despite not coaching high school lacrosse last season, Jewett is fairly familiar with Southland lacrosse, having coached Mira Costa to a CIF Championship game appearance in 2011.

Beckman: Brendan Finnerty

Finnerty comes to Beckman after three years at Trabuco Hills. He is replacing Seth Mahler, who guided the Patriots to a playoff berth and first round victory in last year’s playoffs.

Johnny Rodriquez
Johnny Rodriquez, who plays for LXM’s Maverik United, takes over at Trabuco Hills.
(Photo courtesy northernsoulsportswear.com.)

Trabuco Hills: Johnny Rodriquez

Rodriquez, who played collegiately at Salisbury and plays professionally for LXM’s Maverik United, will be taking the reigns at Trabuco with Finnerty’s departure. The Mustangs will hope to improve on their 5-13 record in 2013.

Mater Dei: Paddy Chester

Chester, originally of Manchester, England, had been an assistant coach under Glen Miles for three years, previously at San Clemente and last year at St. Margaret’s. After helping guide SMES to its first CIF title last season, Chester hopes to right the ship at Mater Dei after the Monarchs won only three games combined in the past two seasons.

According to the LaxPower coaching listings, many of these programs are looking for assistant coaches. Marina High School and Mission Viejo High School also appear to be searching for head coaches.

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