The Torrey Pines Mens Lacrosse Program pursues excellence on and off the field through the three pillars in which this program has been built since this coaching staff took over in 2011:
CHARACTER, CULTURE, & COMMUNITY.
These three foundational values guide the promise of the program, which is to provide its student-athletes with the most compelling and enriching experience in all of high school athletics, through academics, competition, community service and travel.
The program aims to immerse its players in situations that enhance their student athlete experience to help them become the people, students, citizens and teammates they aspire to be.
Head coach: jono Zissi
Enters his 9th season at the helm of the Falcons staff.
In eight seasons at TP, Zissi has amassed a record of 135 - 34, won three CIF titles ('11, '13, '18), three CIF Finalist trophies ('12, '15, '16), five Avocado League titles and a western ranking of #1, #2, & #3.
In 2018, TP finished the season with the strongest strength of schedule (SOS) in the Western US for the 6th time in his tenure. They were ranked #13 Nationally, #1 in the Western US, #1 in CA and beat teams from 7 different states.
In 2017 and 2011, the team was also ranked in the National Top 25. Zissi has earned Coach of the Year Honors in 2011, 2013 and 2018.
Zissi has coached 19 All Americans, 25 All CIF players and placed countless boys in college programs in his tenure at Torrey Pines.
In 2010, Zissi was the Offensive Coordinator at NCAA Division III Tufts University, where he lead the Jumbos to the schools first ever National Championship, a NESCAC league Championship and a 20-1 record. Tufts had the highest scoring offense in the country in 2010 and produced five All Americans.
Prior to that, he was the Co-Head Coach and faculty member at the Bishops School from 2006-2009, where he won two Coastal Conference championships.
His coaching career began in 2003, when he started the program at University of San Diego High School, where he stayed until 2006.
Zissi is also the Under Armour All American Games West Coach and has been for the past four seasons. Zissi was featured on ESPNU last summer: https://youtu.be/ILyiGviyCX8
Zissi oversees the Falcons Middle School feeder program and runs the RC club program.
Zissi graduated from Tufts University, where he was a 3 year starter, a 2x All New England Attackman, and scored over 100 career goals. He earned a degree in Psychology and Sociology. He also holds a Masters Degree in Education & Literacy from University of San Diego. Zissi is from Winchester, MA and attended Winchester High School & Avon Old Farms School where he was a three sport standout in Football, Basketball & Lacrosse. Zissi was inducted into Winchester High School Athletics Hall of Fame in May of 2017 and the Tufts University Athletics Hall of Fame, as a coach, in April of 2018.
ASST COACH: BRIAN WINTERFELDT
Brian enters his 3rd year with Torrey Pines after spending 2016 as the Defensive Coordinator at the Bishops School. He will continue as the team’s Defensive Coordinator. In 2018, Coach Winterfeldt's defense lead the CIF surrendering less than 6 goals a contest and only allowing double digits on one occasion.
Brian played lacrosse at the University of Albany his freshman year before transferring to Cortland State where he was a 2x NCAA All American Defenseman and played in the 2012 National Championship game. Brian is also the Head Coach of our Falcons 7/8 Middle School team and led them to a 2017 SDLCA Championship. He hails from Merrick, NY where he participated in Football and Lacrosse at Calhoun High School.
ASST COACH: Dave O’Neil
Dave enters his 3rd year with the Falcons and will continue to work with the offense and face-off unit, along with running the substitution box. Prior to Torrey Pines, he spent 2 years (2015-2016) as the Head Coach at Rancho Santa Fe Middle School, leading the team to Championship game appearances in both seasons, and winning the 2015 SDCLA title. O’Neil also previously spent 3 years (2012-2014) at the Bishops School - assisting with the Middle School, JV and Varsity teams - and 2 years (2010-2011) at Patrick Henry High School as a Varsity assistant. O’Neil has coached for the RC Middle School and High School program since 2012, along with the West Coast Starz program since 2015.
O’Neil is a 2009 graduate of Arizona State University where he played Midfield and Attack. While at ASU, the team reached the 2007 MCLA Quarterfinals and the 2008 MCLA Semi-Finals. He is from Franklin, MA and attended Franklin High School where he played Lacrosse, Football & Golf. He was a 2x All League and All Eastern Massachusetts lacrosse selection and played in the 2004 North-South Massachusetts All Star Game.
asst coach: Austen Doster
Austen joins the Falcons staff for his first season as Varsity goalie coach and Director of Operations. Doster played for NCAA Division 3 Fontbonne University, graduating in 2010. He spent two years as an Assistant Coach at NCAA Division II Lindenwood College. Most recently he was the Head Coach at his alma mater, Granite Hills HS in San Diego from 2016-2018.
Asst Coach: Garrett EPPLE
Garrett joins the Falcons staff for his first season as a Varsity defensive assistant. Epple is 2017 graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he was a four year starting defenseman and a 2X All-American selection. He was an All-ACC selection and played in the 2014 NCAA National Championship game. He was a Under Armour All-American in High School at Calvert Hall in Baltimore, MD.
He has played in the MLL for two seasons on the Baltimore Bayhawks and will be playing in the new PLL this summer. He is also a member of the NLL Indoor team, the San Diego Seals.
Asst Coach: Jules Heningburg
Jules joins the Falcons staff for his first season as JV assistant coach and will work with the Varsity attackmen. He is a 2018 graduate of Rutgers University where he was a 2x team captain, 2x All American and 2x First Team All-Big 10 Conference selection. He is a 2014 graduate of Seton Hall Prep in NJ where he was a US Lacrosse All-American.
He played in the MLL on the Florida Launch last summer and will now be joining the PLL. He is also a member of the NLL Indoor team, San Diego Seals.
2019 Varsity Team
Junior varsity coaches
Head Coach: erik Myers
Erik enters is 2nd season with Torrey Pines and will continue leading the JV program. He is a 2010 graduate of Torrey Pines where he was a 4 year Varsity Lacrosse member. During that time the team won the 2007 CIF Championship and were CIF Finalists in 2008 and 2010. Erik was a team captain as a Senior and voted team MVP while also garnering All CIF and US Lacrosse All American honors.
Following graduation, Erik completed a Post Grad year at The Salisbury School (CT) before playing lacrosse for 3 years at Penn State University as a Midfielder. Erik is a 2015 graduate of Penn State.
2019 Junior Varsity Team
Click here for all pictures from the 2018 season by our amazing photographer, Anna Scipione.