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Coaches

Kevin Cooper
SoCal Bulls Founder and President

Head Coach La Costa Canyon, University of Maryland & 7-year professional veteran

Kevin Cooper Bio

Kevin started playing lacrosse in 3rd grade in Crofton, Maryland. He led the Crofton Cardinals to their first-ever Maryland State Championship in 2004 as a 7th grader. He went on to have a successful career at Archbishop Spalding High School, which plays in the toughest high school lacrosse conference in the country, the MIAA A. He was a two-time captain and led the team to its first-ever playoff berth.

Kevin was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to play lacrosse at the University of Maryland and went on to help the team to two National Championship appearances in 2011 and 2012. As a sophomore in 2011, he helped lead the team to an ACC Championship earning All ACC Tournament Team honors in the process. In 2012 as a junior, Kevin was honored with the team’s Unsung Hero Award. As a senior in 2013, he led the team in points, goals, and assists after switching positions from Midfield to Attack. He was honored with the Dick Edell “Big Man” Award, which is given to the player that best exemplifies the positive and selfless qualities of the legendary coach.

Kevin was selected with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 MLL draft to his hometown team, the Chesapeake Bayhawks. In Kevin’s rookie debut he scored 3 goals and an assist to earn Player of the Game honors as well as MLL Rookie of the Week. Later that season the Chesapeake Bayhawks were crowned MLL Champions. This past 2018 MLL Season Kevin played for the Charlotte Hounds and was twice named MLL Offensive Player of the week; Scoring 7 goals and 3 assists setting a franchise record in points and goals in week one and scoring 4 goals and 1 assist in front of family and friends back in Annapolis, Maryland in week 15. 

 Kevin has been Head Coach at La Costa Canyon for the past 4 seasons accumulating a 54-12 record as well as the 2017 San Diego CIF Championship & Coach of the Year award in his first year with the program. Kevin has also served as a youth lacrosse and an Assistant High School Coach in the Southern California area over the last five years before taking over at La Costa Canyon in 2017. In 2014-15 he was an offensive coordinator for Poway High School helping them win the 2015 CIF San Diego Championship in an upset victory over Torrey Pines. In 2016 Coach Cooper began to coach San Marcos High School as an assistant under his great friend and mentor, Mike Mathai. The Knights went 3-13 the year before and in one year Coach, Cooper helped led them to their first-ever CIF D1 Championship berth. Kevin’s passion in life is teaching and playing the game of lacrosse to the youth and high school players of San Diego & beyond. Since moving to California in 2014, he has helped over 90 young men go on to pursues their dreams of playing college lacrosse & over 65 Bulls players since starting the program in 2018!!! Kevin is 29 years old and resides in Encinitas, California.

Bulls Summer 2020 Coaching Staff

2021 Kevin Cooper, Mike Mathai, Rob Morrison, Jason Brewster
2022 Kevin Cooper, Dallas Hartley, JJ Sillstrop, Christian Evans
2023– Jesse Foss, Ryan Simmons, Noah Richard, Colin Strange
2024– Jake McLean, Andrew Beacham, Nick Beeson, Colin O’Connor
2025– Brian Cooper, Jody Sillstrop, Marquez White, Heath Nilsen, Nate Ryan
2021
Kevin Cooper– Bulls Founder, La Costa Canyon Head Coach, played at the University of Maryland & 7 years professionally
Mike Mathai– San Marcos Head Coach, played at University of Delaware
Rob Morrison– Active Navy Seal, La Costa Canyon Assistant Coach, Played at University of Maryland
Jason Brewster- UMBC ‘20 4 time Captain, Valley Center Alum, Boston Cannons- MLL
2022
Dallas Hartley– Chapman Head Coach, MCLA National Champion & Coach of the Year, Played at Sonoma State
Kevin Cooper– La Costa Canyon Head Coach, played at University of Maryland & 7 years professionally
JJ Sillstrop– Denver ‘23 Attackman, La Costa Canyon All Time Leading Scorer, 3x Captain, 3x All American, CIF Champion, Bulls 2019 Alumni
Christian Evans– Denver ‘24 LSM/Defenseman, Cathedral Catholic ‘20, Bulls 2020 Alumni
2023
Jesse Foss– Concordia University of Irvine Head Coach, played D1 at Stony Brook University, West Coast Starz Director, Encinitas Sand Crabs Founder
Ryan Simmons– La Costa Canyon Assistant Coach, played at Syracuse University 18, Team Captain
Noah Richard– PLL Waterdogs LSM, played at Marquette University, Defensive Assistant at La Costa Canyon
Colin Strange– La Costa Canyon JV Head Coach, played at Marquette University
2024
Jake McLean– Towson University ‘20, Team Captain, La Costa Canyon ‘16
Andrew Beacham– Towson University ‘21, La Costa Canyon ‘17, Team Captain, CIF Champion, CIF Player of the Year, All American
Nick Beeson– Bryant University ‘21, Poway ‘17, 2x CIF Champion, 2x Captain, Single Season All time leading scorer
Colin O’Connor– Towson University ‘23, La Costa Canyon ‘19, CIF Champion, 2x Captain, 2x All American, Bulls 2019 Alumni
2025
Brian Cooper– Bulls Director of Youth Lacrosse, Played at University of Maryland, 3 years professionally, Assistant Coach at La Costa Canyon, CIF Champion, Former CUI Head Coach, SLC Coach of the Year
Jody Sillstrop- Played at San Diego State University, Coached and Played at Torrey Pines High School, CIF Champion, Encinitas Mustangs Coach, Father of JJ ‘19 and Luke ‘22
Marquez White– Princeton ‘24, Poway ‘20, 2x Captain, 2x All American, Bulls 2020 Alumni
Heath Nilsen– Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘24, La Costa Canyon ‘20, Captain, Leading Scorer, Brother of Leo & Finn ‘25, Bulls 2020 Alumni
Nate Ryan– Bowdoin ‘23, Freshman Starter, La Jolla 19, Captain, Brother of Casey ‘23 & Jackson ‘25, Bulls 2019 Alumni
Goalie
Grant Koopman– Robert Morris University ‘22, Santa Fe Christian ‘18
Hunter Binney– Dartmouth University ‘24, La Costa Canyon ‘20, CIF Champion, 2x Captain, Bulls 2020 Alumni
Faceoff
Jason Murphy– Played at the University of Virginia, Landon School Alumni
Josh Berger– Played at the University of Delaware, La Costa Canyon Alumni
Ryan Henry– University of Massachusetts ‘24, Yorba Linda ‘20, Bulls 2020 Alumni