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: Rory Doucette
Rory enters his 9th year with the Falcons and will continue heading up the defense with Coach Winterfeldt. In his eight seasons at TP, Doucette has been part of a staff that has won three CIF titles and three CIF Finalist trophies. His teams have been ranked #1, #2 and #3 over those seasons. Doucette has been the Head Coach of the Rancho Santa Fe Middle School Program from 2008 to present day. He has created a tremendous feeder program to Torrey Pines and has taken RSF deep into the playoffs each season.
Doucette was the Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator at NCAA Division III, Tufts University from 2006-2008. Doucette helped guide Tufts to back to back NCAA tournament appearances. Doucette is graduate of Tufts University where he was a 3 year starter and a All NESCAC & All New England Midfielder. He was a team captain in his senior season. He holds a degree in Sociology and also earned a Masters Degree from Tufts University in Education. Doucette is from Merrick, NY and attended Calhoun High School where he was an All Star Soccer & Lacrosse player.
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 coaching the defense with Coach Doucette. 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 as an offensive assistant and will continue to run 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, his teams 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 player and was invited to play in the 2004 North-South Massachusetts All Star Game.
2018 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.
asst Coach : John wilson
Wilson enters his 3rd season with the program and will continue assisting the JV team as the Defensive Coordinator. Wilson is a 2011 Torrey Pines graduate where he was a 4 year Varsity Lacrosse player. Wilson was a captain during his Senior season in 2011 and helped the team capture a CIF Championship while taking home team MVP, All CIF, and All American Honors as a Midfielder. Wilson was also a 2 year Varsity member of the Torrey Pines Football team where he was a team captain as a Senior and earned All CIF honors as a Running Back.
Following graduation, Wilson attended San Diego State University where he played Division 1 Football from 2011-2012. Wilson then joined the Aztecs Lacrosse team where he was a 2 year team captain and earned All Conference honors in 2014 and 2015, along with MCLA All American honors in 2015 as a Midfielder/Attackman. Wilson is a 2015 graduate of SDSU.
2018 Junior Varsity Team
Click here for all pictures from the 2018 season by our amazing photographer, Anna Scipione.