G.W. Mix - Director Of Lacrosse
Director of Boys Lacrosse
Varsity Head Coach
The end of the 2013 season closes out Coach Mix's fourth year as Corona del Mar's head coach and his 7th 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 four seasons, Coach Mix has led CDM to its first CIF Southern Section Championship in 2012, the CIF Southern Section Divisional Championship game in 2010, 2012 and 2013, and the CIF Southern Section Quarter-Finals in 2011. His teams have compiled an overall record of 75-11, for a .872% 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 four years, he has been instrumental in assisting at least one CDM player per year with achieving the goal of playing collegiate lacrosse at its highest levels: 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) and Jack Ortlieb '13 (Attack/Holy Cross).
Coach Mix brings nearly 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 23 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."
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 two of their three boys: Casey and Kyle. His oldest son Ryan is a junior lacrosse player at Notre Dame.
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