This is Chas Mudie’s first season as Fallbrook High School’s boys lacrosse coach and his first full season with the varsity program, but he has considerable experience with the feeder program.
Mudie also has experience with the returning varsity players.Neil Rodden was Fallbrook’s coach in 2011 and 2012, and Mudie was his assistant during part of last year. “I helped him. I was his assistant coach for the last half of the season,” Mudie said.
Rodden moved to Florida during the summer. Mudie was named as the Warriors’ new coach in January. “I was just so thrilled and happy and blessed to be coaching these kids again,” he said.
Mudie moved to Fallbrook 16 years ago. In addition to his current lacrosse activity, he is also the current president of the Live Oak Park Coalition.
His former college roommate and the founder of Fallbrook’s lacrosse program, Frank Rotunda, eventually joined Mudie in Fallbrook. “Several years later he asked me if I would consider working with him to start a program at the mid-high level,” Mudie said.
Mudie accepted the offer to coach the mid-high lacrosse program for fifth-grade through eighth-grade players and worked with that program for seven years before making his debut as the Fallbrook High School varsity coach.
The first permissible day of high school lacrosse practice wasn’t until mid-February, but Mudie utilized an off-season club program to begin conditioning and stickwork in January. Forty players sought varsity and junior varsity berths, although the grade period rendered several of those unavailable until the following reports six weeks later. “We lost the JV program because we had so many kids academically ineligible that we could not field a team,” Mudie said.
The junior varsity squad played two games before the academic losses forced a consolidation with the varsity program. “The younger kids who were playing JV are not getting much playing time at all,” Mudie said. “They’re not ready to go out and compete against juniors and seniors.”
The varsity began play with a Feb. 26 scrimmage; the Warriors traveled to Chula Vista to face Olympian High School and took a 15-1 victory over the Eagles.
Fallbrook’s first official game was at home March 1 against Canyon Crest; the Ravens prevailed by a 15-10 score.
A March 16 loss to La Costa Canyon, which is ranked first in the nation west of the Mississippi River, gave Fallbrook a season record of 0-6 at that point. The Warriors had a 2-0 lead over the Mavericks during the first period before La Costa Canyon came back for a 15-5 victory. “That’s the most goals we’ve ever scored against La Costa Canyon,” Mudie said.
During the Warriors’ match at La Jolla, Fallbrook had a 4-3 halftime lead before the Vikings ended the game on the favorable end of the 11-7 final score. “By my calculations we should be four and two. We have given away so many games,” Mudie said. “They just can’t seem to put four quarters together.”
Mudie has two assistant coaches on his staff. Eric Jenkin, who played for the Warriors before graduating in 2011, is the offensive assistant coach. Jenkin’s two younger brothers currently play for Fallbrook and their mother, Kelli, is the president of the Fallbrook Lacrosse Booster Club. Fallbrook’s assistant coach for defense, A.J. Vido, played lacrosse at Coronado High School and graduated from that school in 2011.