UCSB Hires Jaffe as Assistant Coach
from press release
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara men's lacrosse team has announced the hiring of 2005 WCLL Coach of the Year Lane Jaffe as an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season.
Jaffe joins the Gauchos after most recently building a successful program at Palos Verdes High School in Los Angeles, Calif. He brings a high level of experience to the team, earning WCLL Coach of the Year honors in 2005 and Bay League Coach of the Year recognition in 2008 and 2010.
He also served as the head coach for the National Senior Showcase champion team and Sonoma Shootout champion team in 2010. Jaffe was a high school All-American and played collegiately for Rutgers University.
"Landing Lane is a key acquisition for the program," said UCSB head coach Mario Waibel. "He has been a celebrated figure in the MCLA, high school, and youth lacrosse leagues every time he touches the field. He brings a wealth of experience and a new dynamic to the team."
"I am very excited to be joining a team with winning foundations," said Jaffe. "I believe in the coaches, the talent on the roster, and the direction that the program is headed. The goal is to win a national championship and this team is positioned to make that happen. I am proud to be a part of this program and can't wait to get started."
"We were very fortunate that the timing was right for everybody involved, and the fit could not be better," added Waibel. "The Gauchos have also been committed to building a program that can compete for a national title and this is a very positive step toward achieving that goal."
The Gauchos bid farewell to three-year assistant and MLL player Doug Abate and assistant Chris Schaible prior to the start of the 2010-11 campaign. Both coaches were faced with tough career decisions and opportunities that unfortunately did not allow them to continue coaching with the team.
"Coaches like Doug and Chris, who have dedicated so much of their lives to the success of this program, are hard to replace," said Waibel. "Personally, I am lucky to have shared a sideline with them and will miss their contributions. We are excited for their new endeavors and wish them the best of luck."