Tucker Amidon - Men's Head Lacrosse Coach & Program Director
Lacrosse has been a part of Coach Amidon's life since he started playing as a high school sophomore in Chicago, Illinois. After moving to California, he concluded his playing career at UC Irvine as a defenseman. In his two seasons, the Anteaters made it to the WCLL Division II semifinals in 1993 and won the WCLL Division II in 1994. For the last nine years, he has coached boys’ and girls’ youth recreation and club lacrosse teams, and this is his fourth year as a coach in the YLHS Mustangs program, second as head of the program. He loves this sport, its traditions, and its evolution, and he's thankful every day that he gets to stay connected to it and watch these incredible athletes play with such intelligence, skill, and grit.
In all aspects of his life, Coach Amidon has made mental health an absolute priority in his teaching and coaching, particularly for today's youth and college students, and has partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to provide a healthy, competitive, and enriching experience for student-athletes that improves life skills, promotes character development, and fosters inclusivity.
While Coach Amidon likes to win games and strives hard to field competitive teams, he will always emphasize sportsmanship, team camaraderie, and the joy of sports. He never forgets that these are kids playing a game, and every player should have the opportunity to try the sport, learn and grow as a person and player, and find ways to contribute to the team's success.
Bobby Dabrieo - Assistant Varsity Coach & Offensive Coordinator
Coach Dabrieo brings an incredible depth of knowledge on lacrosse to the YLHS Mustangs program. Prior to joining YLHS, Bobby lead the Cal Poly SLO Mustangs to an impressive 70% win percentage over seven seasons. winning three WCLL titles and earning four MCLA Division 1 Tournament spots. In his final season in SLO, Coach Dabrieo led his team to a six-game winning streak after it starting the season 2-7, highlighted by a 12-11 victory over Cal Berkeley in the WCLL title game, avenging a 13-4 loss earlier in the season.
As a player, Dabrieo was a four-year starter on offense at NCAA Division III Plymouth State University in Massachusetts, graduating in 2006. In his tenure with the Panthers, he was the leading scorer in his junior year and then earned All-Conference honors in his senior season. As a coach, Dabrieo was assistant coach for Reading High School, helping the Rockets win the league title every year he was on staff. In 2015, he was the offensive coordinator for Daniel Webster College (Division III), guiding the Eagles to a twelve-goals-per-game average, double the team's output in the previous season.
His extensive knowledge and his love of the game are an awesome addition to the YLHS program. Coach Bobby couples high expectations with advanced coaching techniques to bring the best out of the boys on and off the field. The program is excited to have him at practices and on the sidelines, knowing he will take this team to the next level.