ABOUT THE HEAD COACH
Director of Lacrosse
As the head coach of the Corona del Mar Sea Kings, Coach G.W. Mix brings more than 40 years of coaching and executive experience to the program. Throughout his career, he has coached at every level the sport has to offer. Mix has been a youth coach and director, high school coach, collegiate coach, Team USA staff member, and a coach and executive at the professional level.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mix grew up with a stick in his hand, playing youth lacrosse for his father Warren Mix in the Liberty Road program. He went on to play attack and goalie at the Gilman School, where he helped lead the Greyhounds to the prestigious M.S.A. Championship in 1978. He played college lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania, where he eventually spent nine years coaching at the NCAA Division I level.
Coach Mix has been a part of the CDM program since 2007 and began serving as its head coach during the 2009-10 school year. The 2022 season marks Coach Mix's thirteenth year as CDM's head coach and his 16th 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. All three of his sons played for the Sea Kings. Ryan graduated in 2010 and went on to play at Notre Dame. Casey played on the undefeated 2012 CIF Championship team, graduated in 2013, and played at UCSB. Kyle graduated in 2020 and currently plays at Cal Poly SLO.
Since he took over the program in 2010, the Sea Kings have appeared in all 12 CIF post-season playoff tournaments. His teams have won a Southern Section Championship (2012) and two Southern Section Divisional Championships (2012 & 2016). They have made five appearances in the Southern Section Divisional Championship game (2010, 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017) and ten trips to the semi-finals. His teams have compiled an overall record of 189-36, for an .840% 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).
Perhaps more importantly for the program, over the past twelve years, Mix has been instrumental in assisting a number of CDM players in achieving their goal of playing NCAA collegiate lacrosse. Since 2009, twenty-one Sea Kings have gone on to play collegiate lacrosse in NCAA programs and four have played professionally.
In addition to his role as the school's head lacrosse coach, Mix is also the Student Advocate & Family Liaison at CDM. He works with students, faculty, families and administrators to seek sustainable solutions to the many challenges young people and their families face during their middle school and high school years.
In a cooperative effort with the Corona del Mar Lacrosse Boosters, Coach Mix established the Surf Dawg youth program in 2004. The youth program was created to teach this new sport to kids in the community and eventually provide experienced lacrosse players to the newly formed CDM and Newport Harbor high school and middle school lacrosse club programs. Coach Mix and the Corona del Mar Lacrosse Boosters have remained true to that mission ever since - grow and support the lacrosse community at Corona del Mar and throughout the Newport Mesa School District.
In 2014, Mix created 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 Cornell, Denver, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Virginia, and Yale.
While residing in Southern California, Mix 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 (2007 and 2008).
A former NCAA Collegiate National Coach of the Year, Mix had his college teams (Penn and Franklin & Marshall) 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 (former 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 1990, he established Champ Camp, the nation's original and most prestigious high school lacrosse team recruiting showcase. Champ Camp was the precursor to the hundreds of recruiting showcases and tournaments that aspiring young players compete in today.
He currently resides with his wife Mary in her hometown of Newport Beach, CA. Their oldest son Ryan played lacrosse at Notre Dame (2011-2014), middle son Casey at UCSB (2014 & 2017) and youngest son Kyle plans to play at Cal Poly SLO (2021-2024).
Coach Mix's Lacrosse Playing Career
High School 1977-1979
Gilman School, Baltimore, MD
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Coach Mix's Coaching & Sports Executive Career
Upper Merion High School (PA), Head Coach
University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Coach
Franklin & Marshall College, Head Coach - Women's Soccer
Franklin & Marshall College, Head Coach - Men's Lacrosse
NCAA Coach of the Year
University of Pennsylvania, Head Coach
USA Lacrosse, Team USA, Selection Staff
ESPN, Director of Events
Mecklenberg (NC) Youth Lacrosse, Co-Founder and Director
Surf Dawgs, Founder & Executive Director
Los Angeles Riptide (MLL), Team President & General Manager
Corona del Mar HS, Assistant Coach
Corona del Mar HS, Head Coach