Orange Lutheran Athletics is excited to welcome lacrosse to campus beginning in spring 2019. Veteran lacrosse coaches Michael Finley and Alexandra Kyte will help build the program from the ground up.
Finley, who serves as Lacrosse Director and coach of the boys team, brings extensive experience to OLu’s new program, as he previously served as Director of Lacrosse at Sage Hill High School in Newport Beach and has also coached teams at the University of Dallas and Foothill High School in Tustin. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he played defense and midfield on their club lacrosse team.
“Coach Finley brings a wealth of knowledge to our Lacrosse program as a player and coach,” says Paul Jones, Athletic Director. “His experience, knowledge, Christian leadership, and coaching style will enable our program to attract students and have future success.”
In addition to launching Lacrosse, Finley is also the director of the Faith and Entrepreneurial Business Academy (FEBA), which prepares students with the values and skills they need to be effective Christians in the business world.
Alexandra Kyte has been named as Girls Lacrosse Coach and is excited for the opportunity to build the program.
“I am overjoyed to be joining the Orange Lutheran family and introducing the sport of lacrosse to its community,” says Kyte.
Kyte is no stranger to the development of new teams, as she was part of the inaugural lacrosse program at El Dorado High School in Placentia. She also previously served as the Head Coach at El Toro, Beckman, and Portola high schools. A graduate of Concordia University Irvine, Alexandra played on their lacrosse team and was a three-time, first team All-American, All-League, and division point leader. Off the field, she will teach Ceramics and Exploratory Art.
“One of Coach Kyte’s dreams was to be a part of starting lacrosse here at OLu,” says Jones. “She brings a great Christian spirit of teamwork and has coached and improved various programs.”
Orange Lutheran is committed to teaching student-athletes the core values of Christian character development, and the coaches seek to be transformational for Christ and pursue victory with honor for the sake of growing the kingdom.
“Lacrosse will push Orange Lutheran and our athletics program forward by providing an additional opportunity for our students to have a platform to connect with one another, while simultaneously having the ability to play a sport they enjoy and represent Jesus Christ in the community,” says Jones.