Strength & Conditioning
G.W. Mix - Director Of Lacrosse
Director of Boys Lacrosse
Varsity Head Coach
The end of the 2016 season closes out Coach Mix's seventh year as Corona del Mar's head coach and his 10th year of involvement in the lacrosse program. Prior to becoming the program's head coach in the fall of 2009, he served as a coaching consultant with the Sea Kings.
During the past seven seasons, Coach Mix has led CDM to its first CIF Southern Section Championship (2012), two Southern Section Divisional Championships (2012 & 2016), two appearances in the CIF Southern Section Championship (2012 & 2016), four appearances in the Southern Section Divisional Championship game (2010, 2012, 2013 & 2016), and additional appearances in the CIF Southern Section Quarter-Finals in 2011 and 2014. His teams have compiled an overall record of 128-16, for a .888% winning percentage. Mix's 2012 Sea King team was the first in CIF lacrosse history to win the Southern Section championship with an undefeated record (24-0).
Prior to Coach Mix's arrival at CDM, the Sea Kings recorded a combined 15-13 record (.535) during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Perhaps more importantly for the program, over the past seven years, Mix has been instrumental in assisting a number of CDM players in achieving their goal of playing collegiate lacrosse at its highest levels, including Noah Molnar '09 (Midfield/Lehigh), Ryan Mix '10 (Attack/Notre Dame), Blake Burkhart '10 (Face-Off Specialist/Loyola), Donald Dalton '11 (Defense/Drexel), Michael Keasey '12 (Midfield/Yale), Michael Ortlieb '12 (Goalie/Holy Cross), Jack Ortlieb '13 (Attack/Holy Cross), Hoyt Crance '15 (Goalie/Yale), Hugh Crance '15 (Defense/Notre Dame), Brett Greenlee '15 (Defense/Denver), Sherwin Gersten '15 (Midfield/Cleveland State), and Jason Simaan '16 (Face-Off Specialist/Brown).
Coach Mix brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to the Corona del Mar lacrosse program. Throughout his career, he has coached at every level the sport has to offer. Prior to becoming the head coach at CDM, he served as the president and general manager of Major League Lacrosse's LA Riptide, a professional outdoor lacrosse team that played three seasons (2006, 2007, and 2008) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Under his direction, the expansion franchise made it to the MLL's playoff "Final Four" twice in its three seasons.
A former NCAA Collegiate National Coach of the Year, Mix had his teams ranked consistently among the top twenty in the country, led teams to the NCAA tournament, and produced many Division I and Division III All-Americans. He was also part of the selection staff for Team USA's run for the gold in the 1994 World Championships. Some of Mix's former assistant coaches include Dave Pietramala (current head coach at Johns Hopkins) and All-Americans John McEvoy (Villanova), Bill Miller (Hobart and Team USA), Mike Pounds (Springfield), Peter Sheehan (UVA), and Tim O'Rourke (Navy).
In addition to his his experience at the high school, collegiate and professional levels, Mix has been actively involved in the development and management of several youth lacrosse programs and youth lacrosse leagues since 1994. He helped establish the Charlotte Youth Lacrosse Association, the Mecklenburg Youth Lacrosse League and Polar Bear Winter League in Charlotte, North Carolina. Most recently, he has been involved in the development of the youth and junior high school lacrosse programs in the Newport Beach, California area, including the Newport Beach Surf Dawg youth program.
In 1990, Coach Mix established Champ Camp, the nation's premier high school lacrosse recruiting showcase. For the past 27 years, Champ Camp has developed into the nation's most respected high school lacrosse event. More than 150 college coaches travel to Baltimore to watch more than 1400-1600 of the best sophomores, juniors and seniors in the nation compete over 4 days for a chance to win the Champ Camp "national championship."
In 2014, Mix was named Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Shootout, a major college lacrosse event that brings two of the top Division I programs to the West Coast each spring to play a regular-season game. Past participants include Denver, Maryland, Notre Dame, and North Carolina.
Mix is a managing partner of The Cheetah Group, Inc., a brand development, marketing and management firm, specializing in the entertainment and sports industries.
He currently resides in Newport Beach, CA with his wife Mary and son Kyle. His oldest son Ryan played lacrosse at Notre Dame (2011-2014) and middle son Casey is a current student and lacrosse player at UCSB.
1977-79 Gilman School
1979-82 University of Pennsylvania
1983 - Upper Merion High School, Head Coach
1983-87 - University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Coach
1988-90 - Franklin & Marshall College, Head Coach
1993 - Team USA, Selection Staff
1991-94 - University of Pennsylvania, Head Coach
1994-03 - CYLA, MYL, Youth Director
2003 - USYL, Newport Surf Dawgs, Youth Director
2006 - LA Riptide (MLL), Team President & General Manager
2007 - CDM Assistant Coach
2010 - CDM Head Coach