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.
JONO ZISSI - HEAD COACH
Enters his 7th season at the helm of the Falcons staff.
In six seasons at TP, Zissi has amassed a record of 99-28, won two CIF titles, three CIF Finalist trophies, three Palomar League titles and a western ranking of #2, & #3.
In 2011, the team was ranked in the national top 25. Zissi earned Coach of the Year Honors in 2011.
Zissi has coached 14 All Americans, 18 All CIF players in his tenure at Torrey and placed countless boys in college programs.
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 and finished in the SD CIF top 5 every season.
His coaching career began in 2003-2006, when he started the program at University of San Diego High School.
Zissi is also the Under Armour All American Games West Coach and has been for the past three seasons. Zissi was featured on ESPNU this summer: https://youtu.be/ILyiGviyCX8
Zissi oversees both the Rancho Santa Fe & the Falcons Middle School feeder programs 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.
ASST COACH: GREG KIRK
Coach Kirk enters his seventh season on the Falcon sideline. Greg will be the defensive coordinator again and work with the goalies. Greg has helped lead a defense that has been ranked amongst the best in the country the past three seasons, sharing two CIF titles and two CIF Finalist trophies, while coaching 4 All American poles/goalies and 6 All CIF selections. Greg was formerly the Head Coach of the Earl Warren Middle School team (now called Falcons) for the past six seasons and has built a tremendous feeder system to Torrey Pines and has coached playoff caliber teams in each of his years. Greg is a graduate of St. Marys College (CA) where he was a four year starting goalie. He holds a degree in Business and is also the RC Middle School Coach. Greg is from San Diego, CA and attended Univ of San Diego High School where he surfed and played soccer and lacrosse.
ASST COACH: RORY DOUCETTE
Enters his sixth season on the Falcon sideline. Rory will continue to run the box, and will be heading up the defense with coach Kirk this season as well. In his seasons at TP, Doucette has been part of a staff that has won two CIF titles and two CIF Finalist trophies, while playing arguably the toughest out of county schedule on the western US. His teams have been ranked #1, #4, & #2 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. Prior to that, 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 joins the TP staff this spring after spending last season as the defensive coordinator at the Bishops School. Brian played lacrosse at University of Albany freshman year before transferring to Cortland State where he was a 2X NCAA All American Defenseman and played in the 2012 National Championship game. He is currently the Head Coach of our Falcons 7/8 Middle School team. He hails from Merrick, NY where he participated in football and lacrosse in High School.