PROGRAM DIRECTOR - BRENDAN FINNERTY
As the Head Coach of San Clemente Lacrosse High School, Coach Brendan Finnerty understands the dynamics of team collaboration and how to
motivate players to take their game to the next
level. His knowledge and experience of the sport
will give players the opportunity to improve their
lacrosse skills and ultimately give them the ability
to compete at the high school and collegiate level.
Brendan Finnerty 'Finn' received his Bachelor’s
Degree in Business Accounting from
Fairfield University. During his years at
Fairfield University, Coach Finn was a 2008
team captain and appeared in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Coach Finn was also honored as a two-time HS All-American Lacrosse player from his hometown in Long Island, NY.
Coach Finn started coaching in the Orange County area in 2010. He has coached for local high schools: Aliso Niguel (assistant coach), Trabuco Hills (head coach), Beckman (head coach), and currently San Clemente High School. Finn coached for the SoCal Lacrosse Youth program, he started one of the first local club teams in 2012, Wild Horse Lacrosse. He then created Saddleback Starz, SC Sharks and now SC Lacrosse Academy.
"Instead of wanting to win, expect to win. There's a lifetime between wanting something and expecting something. When you expect something, it means you've prepared, done the work, and EXPECT TO WIN!!!" - Red McCombs
The mission of SC Lacrosse is to develop youth and high school lacrosse players giving them the tools needed to reach their full potential. We strive to establish each athlete as a high profile lacrosse player, teammate, and citizen.
SECRETARY/COMMUNICATIONS - KAREN KAUO
Karen Kauo has been Coach
Finn's "Team Mom" since 2011.
Karen's sons, John and Jason,
played and coached lacrosse
for Finn's teams over a span
of 8 years. They both started
lacrosse in elementary school,
playing for the SoCal Lacrosse
Youth League, multiple local
club teams and national club
teams, they were both All County lacrosse athletes at Trabuco Hills High School and eventually went on to play in college. John at Northern Arizona University and Jason at Colorado Mesa University.
After her son's graduated high school, Karen and her husband, Joe Kauo (a teacher and coach at Dana Hills High School) took over the lacrosse program at Dana Hills with a friend as the head coach. Joe as an assistant coach and Karen as the communications director.
Karen is also the communications director for the SC Lacrosse Club program.
Karen enjoys being a part of the lacrosse community and helping to grow the sport that created life long memories with her family.