A longtime player turned coach, Will McMinn has been around the game of lacrosse since high school. McMinn started his career at St. Ignatius College Prep (San Francisco) and was named a team captain his senior season before attending UC Santa Barbara and playing four collegiate seasons. McMinn was a defensive midfielder and faceoff specialist, as well as being a member of the 1983 and 1984 WCLL conference championship squads.
McMinn was a co-founder of youth lacrosse in Orange County and has helped build eight local programs from the ground up, including his first at Trabuco Hills high school. He also served as president of the Orange County chapter of the US Lacrosse organization from 1990-92 and 2006-08.
McMinn continued to build high school programs in the early 2000s, starting the Tesoro High School program in 2004 and leading them to a 9-3 record with a CIF Southern Section (SS) semi-final appearance and a #6 ranking in the 2005 season. During the 2005 season he was also named to the Greater LA chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame and named Coach of the Year.
In 2006 he accepted a position at Junipero Serra Catholic High School. In McMinn’s first season he led the team to a 3-4 finish. The 2007 season saw him lead his players to a 13-4 finish with a CIF SS quarter-finals appearance and a #6 ranking. McMinn’s final season as the JSerra head coach in 2008 ended with a 14-5 record, a CIF SS semi-final trip and a #5 ranking. McMinn’s career at the high school level ended with a 39-16 overall record as a high school head coach before transition to the college game with Concordia in 2009.
Coach McMinn has worked with the Eagles for five seasons. In McMinn’s first year with the program in 2009, he led the team to a 1-9 finish and had one player named SLC All-Conference.
McMinn’s 2010 team finished with a record of 10-4, an SLC semi-final appearance and a #43 power ranking. He was named SLC Coach of the Year and had one player named MCLA All-American, as well as seven others named SLC All-Conference.
McMinn’s 2011 team finished with a 13-3 record, an SLC finals appearance, and a national ranking of #15 at the DII level. McMinn had three players named MCLA All-American, one named an MCLA Scholar-Athlete, and seven named SLC All-Conference.
McMinn’s 2012 team finished with a 14-5 record, an SLC finals victory, and a national ranking of #11. The 2012 season was the team’s first National Championship tournament appearance. McMinn was named MCLA DII Co-Coach of the Year and SLC DII Coach of the Year. He had two players named MCLA All-American, three named an MCLA Scholar-Athlete, and eight named SLC All-Conference.
Coach McMinn has two children and lives in Laguna Nigel, CA.