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Johnny Rodriguez

Head Coach, Mater Dei Boys Lacrosse

 

 Coach Rodriguez grew up in Annapolis, MD and attended high school at Mount St. Joseph HS in Baltimore where he played football, hockey, and lacrosse. He continued playing lacrosse and hockey in college at Salisbury University. His senior year, he was captain of the 2011 National Championship team and earned Goalie of the Year award in his final All-American campaign. During his 5th year of college, he was drafted to the Chesapeake Bayhawks, and has played professional lacrosse in the MLL and LXM Pro Tour for the last six season. He began his coaching career at La Costa Canyon HS in San Diego in 2013. He spent two seasons as head coach of Trabuco Hills HS in Mission Viejo, winning the South Coast League Championship in 2015 as well as Coach of the Year honors for the league in 2015. This spring, Coach Rodriguez will begin his 3rd season leading the Monarchs as one of the vastly emerging lacrosse programs in Orange County.

 

 

Contact Coach Rodriguez 

jrod@materdei.org

 

LUKE PHIPPS

Offensive Coordinator

 

Luke Phipps was born and raised in Street, Maryland to Susan and Joe Phipps along with his two older siblings, Holly and Ben. He started playing baseball and basketball at a very early age and finally picked up a lacrosse stick for the first time when he was 8 years old. He attended John Carroll High School, where he put his athletic focus solely on lacrosse. He played three seasons on Varsity, earning Team Captain his senior season and both All-MIAA and All-County honors his Junior and Senior seasons. His first year of college was spent playing at Jacksonville University in their inaugural Division 1 season. He then transferred to Essex Community College, where he was Team Captain as well as 1st Team All-American and Regional Offensive Player of the Year. Luke finished his college career at Salisbury University, learning and playing under Hall of Fame coach, Jim Berkman. His senior season he earned All-American and All-Academic Honors. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications and a Minor in Coaching, Luke quickly transitioned from player to coach. He moved to Austin, Texas for a year and a half where he coached for Westlake High School and Iron Horse Club. In June, Luke moved to Huntington Beach, California, where he now resides.

Max Myrick

Defensive Coordinator 

 

Coach Myrick grew up in San Diego, CA and started playing lacrosse at the age of 10. He was introduced to the sport by his 4th grade teacher and fell in love with lacrosse after attending one of the first ever Adrenaline camps in Southern California. He started off as an attackman and due to “late blooming” athleticism, slowly took an interest in defense. Coach Myrick saw early success in his new position and was selected to play for West Coast Starz in middle school, where he was given the opportunity to participate in elite east coast tournament’s and take his game to the next level. He would go on to excel at defense while attending Torrey Pines HS where he was named a 3-year Varsity starter and Senior Captain. Before leaving Torrey Pines, Coach Myrick would receive All-CIF honors and lead his 2011 Torrey Pines team to a CIF championship and #1 Western ranking. He continued playing lacrosse at D3 Whittier College where he was a 4-year starter and defensive captain before graduating in 2015. This spring, Coach Myrick will begin his 2nd season with the Monarchs as the Defensive Coordinator.

Cade Christensen

JV Head Coach 

 

Cade Christensen was raised in Salem Oregon and graduated from Salem Academy Christian High School in 2015.  He is the son of his parents, Jeff and Wendi, he has one sibling, a sister who is a very successful volleyball player, she is currently a senior who’s committed to play division 1 for Saint Mary’s college in Moraga California. Cade grew up playing ice hockey for 12 years; his background in hockey eventually led him to the sport of lacrosse where he began playing his sophomore year of high school. The transition from hockey to lacrosse went well, seeing Cade play varsity all three years of high school, a team captain his senior year, and being recognized to second team all-conference his junior and senior year. Cade has attended Concordia University Irvine since 2015. He is Majoring in Business Administration Sports Management and minoring in Marketing.  So far, he has been a part of two conference championship teams and won the 2017 MCLA Division Two National Championship with Concordia just last spring. He is currently in his junior season, serving as a captain for the defending National Champions as they move up to compete in division one.  

 

Roman Smith

JV Assistant Coach 

 

 Roman Smith was born and raised in San Pedro California. Roman graduated from Palos Verdes high school in 2013. He is son of parents Ronald and Cynthia Smith. Roman has four brothers and two sisters. Roman is also uncle to four nephews. Roman grew up playing football since the 6th grade and started playing lacrosse his sophomore year of high school. Roman is now currently playing at Concordia University Irvine. Roman is an exercise and sports science major. This is Roman’s last year playing lacrosse competitively. Roman Is aspiring to be a personal trainer and men’s physique/classic physique competitor.