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Get to Know: Los Al’s New Head Coach Chris Jewett
Posted on December 14, 2013 by CJ • 0 Comments
Los Alamitos recently introduced Chris Jewett as its varsity boys lacrosse head coach and MaxLaxOC got a chance to catch up with the new leader of the Griffins.

Chris with wife Amber and daughter Dawson

Here is a little background info on Chris from the Los Alamitos website: While in high school he was All-Prep / All-State Quarterback, 3-time All-State in lacrosse, captain of his H.S. lacrosse team, All S.E.N.E., RI Indoor Lacrosse All-Star, invited to play at N.E. 150 and Top 205 Lacrosse camps and was a member of the New England East vs. West game. Chris then went on to play Division 1 Lacrosse at Providence College.

Where did you grow up?
Providence, RI

When did you start to play lacrosse as a kid?
I started in 7th grade for my middle school team.

Best lacrosse memory as a player?
Winning a high school league title in OT my senior year.

Best lacrosse memory as a coach?
I don’t have one specific memory. I would say it’s been watching my youth teams
develop into really good, unselfish, team first players over the last two years.

Do you like to give inspirational speeches to your players before the game?
Depends on the mood of the team and the game we are playing, but I usually say
something positive to get them going.

What are your three top priorities for next season?
Make my players better, have fun and advance the Los Al program to the next level.

What style of play do you like to use?
I usually evaluate the players and then tailor something that fits their strengths.

What is your favorite movie?
The Departed

Would you say you are quiet on the sidelines or do you like the guys to hear you?
I am definitely a talker and communicator.

What is one thing about you that most people do not know?
I love to cook.

What advice do you have for the high school player who wants to play in college?
Have fantastic stick skills, be in great shape, watch lacrosse to gain lacrosse
IQ and most importantly get great grades.

When you were a kid, did you sit in the back of the classroom or in the front?
I was more of a middle guy as a lot of our classes were in a horseshoe shape
around the teacher.

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say
and why is he here?
I heard every coach in So Cal is looking for assistants and I am the bird for
the job.

Will Southern California lacrosse overtake East Coast lacrosse in quality of play
some day?
We certainly have the athletes, but it’s going to take some time. Back East it’s
just ingrained in the culture. When I started to play I had the luxury of being
coached by some fantastic minds. I could sit on the sideline of a D1 game with my
fellow youth players and watch the best players in the country battle it out. I
recall after games we all had a favorite player and we would try to emulate that
player’s game. Also, most of my friends growing up played in high school and then
college. So just like out here where a parent will watch a baseball or football game
and talk about the finer points or work on the fundamentals of the game with their
children, these parents are doing it back east with their boys/girls with lacrosse.
Proper youth development is really the key to the overall success of Southern
California lacrosse and that starts with good, committed, passionate coaches with
high lacrosse IQ. We are still a little short on coaches to meet the overall demand
and growth of the game. What’s very positive and beneficial is you are starting to
see little clubs and leagues pop up in the So Cal lacrosse scene run by very
dedicated, qualified coaches. This attention to detail and to properly training the
youth players, plus being able to play year round will pay dividends for the boys
and girls playing lacrosse in years to come. I believe in the next five to 10 years we
will start to produce some very fundamentally sound, high IQ players and I am
excited to be a part of this wonderful process!

Thanks coach! We look forward to seeing what Los Al can do this year with you at the helm.