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.
Def Coordinator / Santa Barbara High
Evan Smith is the Defensive Coordinator for Santa Barbara High School. He also serves as the Santa Barbara City College Men's Lacrosse Coaching Staff as the Defensive Coordinator.
Smith brought his lacrosse experience to Santa Barbara from Tr-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.
Midfielders / Face-offs
Ashburnham, MA / Cushing Academy
College: University of Denver
Offensive Coordinator Dos Pueblos High
Ben 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.
Santa Barbara HS - Varsity Assistant
Boston, MA / Beaver Country Day
Beloit College '16 / LSM
Isaac "Ike" Chafkin joins the Hotshots staff in 2020 and is a Varsity Assistant coach at Santa Barbara High School.
Santa Cruz, MA / Scotts Valley High
Baltimore, MD / Gilman School
College: Air Force
Chris Walsch brings his lacrosse experience to Santa Barbara from Baltimore, MD and Colorado Springs, CO where he played attack for the United States Air Force Academy's NCAA Division 1 lacrosse team. He helped the Falcons to 2 Southern Conference championships as well as 2 NCAA tournament appearances.
Walsch is a two-time Honorable Mention USILA/Nike All-American (2016, 2017) … two-time SoCon Offensive Player of the Year (2016, 2017)…Two-time All-SoCon first-team…started in every career game in AF Lacrosse career… the Academy’s first-ever Tewaaraton watch list player and led Air Force in goals and points every year…He also holds the Air Force program record for career points (183).
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.
San Marcos HS, Varsity Assistant
Granite Bay, CA / Granite Bay
Ohio Wesleyan University '11, Defense
Alex Haggerty recently moved to Santa Barbara and joins the Hotshots and San Marcos High School staff in the Spring of 2020.
Concord, MA / Concord-Carlisle
College: Boston College
Def Coordinator / Dos Pueblos High
Lucas 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.
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".
Dos Pueblos HS - Goalies/Defense
Clifton, NJ / Seton Hall Prep
Tanner Gilton, originally from Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley High School, has been playing lacrosse since he was 9. He gravitated to lacrosse because of the speed and physical nature of the game. No stranger to contact, Tanner was a standout middle linebacker and running back for his high school football team.
In the spring, he lead the Falcons to back to back championships in the SCCAL his junior and senior years and racked up an astonishing 75 goals and 60 assists in his senior year, earning All-America honors.
He is currently studying Economics at SBCC and planning to transfer to UCSB next Fall where he will continue playing lacrosse for the Gauchos.
Tanner has been coaching youth lacrosse in Santa Barbara for the last two years and has been an outstanding role model and mentor to the boys in our community.
Ron grew up playing lacrosse in Clifton, NJ and went on to play for Seton Hall Prep High School in West Orange, NJ. His heart resides on the defensive end, focusing on footwork, spacing and field awareness.
Having experience in coaching youth sports, tutoring elementary school students, and volunteering as a mentor with Big Brother’s Big Sisters, Ron is looking forward to providing a positive influence for our players both on and off the field.
Outside of lacrosse, Ron works as an Account Manager for Yardi Systems in Goleta, CA. Additionally, he is the creator of sports media event Francesacon in New York City, which has raised nearly $30,000 in charity money.
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