The Hotshots Coaching staff is comprised of a number of collegiate and high school coaches and players who bring a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the youth in our community. Most of our coaches were two-sport athletes and all are exceptional leaders.
Coach Nik first started playing lacrosse in 8th Grade at Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara. He went on to play Division 3 Lacrosse for Wheaton College in Massachusetts while representing the Argentine national team in the 2010 and 2014 World games in Manchester, England and Denver, Colorado respectively.
Nik has played as a long stick defenseman, played midfield in college, taken face-offs for Argentina, and for several years has been competing in men's circuits as an attackman.
Coach Nik has been coaching at San Marcos High School as a Varsity Assistant and skills coach for seven successful seasons. A passionate coach and player, Nik has a passion for teaching young athletes how to reach their potential as lacrosse players and as members of their community.
Head Coach | Santa Barbara High School
Varsity Assistant | San Marcos High
Carpinteria, CA | Laguna Blanca '09
College: Wheaton College, MA '13
Head Coach | San Marcos High School
College: Washington State
Head Coach | Dos Pueblos HS
Evan Smith is the Head Coach at San Marcos High School. Previously, Evan was a Varsity Assistant at Santa Barbara High School under then Head Coach, Andrew White. He also served as one of three 7/8th Grade head coaches with the SB Riptide from 2018-2019, which was under the direction of then Riptide Co-Director and Hotshots Founder Andy Chalupa.
Smith brings his lacrosse experience to Santa Barbara from Tri-Cities, WA where he was a Youth and High School Head Coach for the Mid-Columbia Elite Club. Evan is certified as a “Level 3” coach by US Lacrosse.
Smith played Defense for the Three Rivers Club in Tri-Cities, WA from 2009 – 2013 where he served as Captain his senior year and helped lead his team to their first “final four” appearance in the WHSBLA playoffs. He was also named to the All-State defensive team in his senior year.
Lucas Martinez grew up in Massachusetts and played for one of the oldest high school programs in the country, Concord-Carlisle. He was selected to All Eastern Mass team his senior year and went on to be a four year starter at MCLA Div 1 Boston College where he earned All League honors.
Lucas will help train our close defensemen and LSM's (long stick midfielders).
Coach Martinez currently serves as the defensive coordinator at Dos Pueblos High School.
Isaac "Ike" Chafkin was previously a Varsity Assistant at Santa Barbara High School under then Head Coach, Andrew White. He also served as one of three 7/8th Grade head coaches with the SB Riptide from 2018-2019, which was under the direction of then Riptide Co-Director and Hotshots Founder Andy Chalupa.
Coach Ike has been playing lacrosse for over 20 years and educating for over 10. He played both field and box lacrosse in high school while living in the greater Boston area where he was an all-league defensemen and LSM and playing for Beaver Country Day School (MA). While at BCDS he played with top club programs like Top Gun, Mass Elite and HomeGrown.
He continued his lacrosse career into college, choosing D3 Beloit College (WI) where he was able to play lacrosse and also football. During his time at Beloit, he earned a degree in creative writing and elementary education. After Beloit, he became a an elementary school teacher, teaching with Robinson Elementary (WI).
Although he chose not to pursue education as a career he continues to work with the youth as a coach for Hotshots Lacrosse as well as the SBYFL. There are very few coaches in Southern California who are more qualified and more passionate about coaching than Coach Ike and we are happy to have him as a coach moving forward.
Varsity Assistant | Dos Pueblos High
Concord, MA / Concord-Carlisle
College: Boston College
Varsity Assistant | San Marcos HS
Boston, MA | Beaver Country Day
Varsity Assistant | Dos Pueblos High
Ashburnham, MA / Cushing Academy
College: University of Denver
Varsity Asst. Coach | San Marcos HS
Fairport, NY | Fairport High School
College: University of North Carolina
Ben Wahler is an experienced and recognized member of the lacrosse community for his performance and leadership skills as a student-athlete and team captain at the University of Denver, and for his high school coaching and individual development accomplishments.
Prior to attending DU, Ben attended Cushing Academy in central Mass to pursue his dream of becoming a college hockey or lacrosse player. He then played a year of Junior Hockey in the EJHL before his ambition was met by being recruited to Hobart College as a two-sport athlete. During his freshman year, Ben recognized his growing intention of pursuing his longer term professional goals and was presented with an opportunity to head back near his hometown of CO and continue his story as a member of the Denver Pioneers.
Ben is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience by helping young players reach their potential on and off the field.
He is currently the head of Global Communications and Experience at Deckers Brands and a Varsity coach at Dos Pueblos High School.
The Hotshots newest coach Drew Hays played for coach Mike Torrelli at Fairport High School where he earned three varsity letters...finished his career with 76 goals and 52 assists for 128 points...as a senior he was the captain of the Fairport lacrosse team...that year he was named first-team New York All-Section V and a U.S. Lacrosse All-America...tapped for All-Greater Rochester and All-County Division I teams and Section V All-Tournament Team...had 28 goals and 31 assists for 59 points in his senior campaign...also had stellar junior campaign with 30 goals and 13 assists for 43 points and sophomore season with 18 goals and eight assists for 26 points...Fairport High School's 2011 senior athlete of the year...he finished third all-time in school history for career points by a midfielder
UNC: 4-time letterman defensive midfielder. Member of the 2013 ACC championship team
Drew is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience by helping young players reach their potential on and off the field.
He is currently a Varsity Assistant Coach at San Marcos High School.
Austin Brake grew up playing lacrosse in Montgomery County, Maryland. Early in his career, he played for Next Level Lacrosse Club team, Rockville High School Lacrosse team, and more recently played for Frostburg State University Club Lacrosse team. He is now a student at UCSB majoring in Communication Studies.
Austin will train our close defense body positioning, stick skills, sliding routes, and focus highly on communication between other long sticks and goalie.
Austin has vast experience running and assisting successful youth camps in Maryland reinforcing positive actions and creating an exciting and safe environment.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY COACHES
Midfielders / Face-offs
Birmingham, AL / Spain Park
College: Air Force
Trent Harper, originally from Birmingham, AL/Spain Park, has recently graduated from the Air Force and is currently stationed at Vandenberg.
Another dual sport athlete in high school, Trent lettered all four years in football and lacrosse and was a captain of both teams his senior year.
As a Falcon, he was a major contributor all 4 years of his collegiate career and led the team his senior year in grounds balls (90) and a .667 winning percentage at the face-off "X".
Marshfield, MA / Deerfield Academy
College: Air Force
Joey Redfearn brings his lacrosse experience and leadership ability to Santa Barbara from Marshfield, MA. He was a captain at the prestigious Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and went on to play for the United States Air Force Academy, where he played close defense and LSM.
He helped the Falcons to 2 Southern Conference championships as well as 2 NCAA tournament appearances.
Colorado Springs, CO / Air Academy
College: Air Force
Started the 2020 season at Air Force red hot, recording 7 goals and 2 assists in 7 games. 2019 campaign cut short by injury but had recorded 10 points in only 8 games. Recorded a hat-trick against Richmond.
Four-time letterman in lacross Two-Time First Team All-State
First Team All-Area
First Team All-Conference
2013 Colorado 4A State Runner-Up
2016 Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Yea
Air Academy’s 2016 Male Athlete of the Year
First team All-Academic in lacrosse
National Honor Society.