The Los Angeles Riptide have named G.W. Mix
(pictured) as the Major League
Lacrosse expansion franchise's first General Manager and John Tucker as their inaugural Head Coach, the team announced today.
..."We are quite pleased to be able to hire two such experienced and talented individuals as G.W. Mix and John Tucker to guide the formation and set the direction of southern California's newest sports franchise, The Los Angeles Riptide," said Shawn Hunter, President, AEG Sports, owners and operators of the MLL franchise.
"Not only do G.W.
and John have tremendous talents, experience and contacts in the lacrosse community, it's also their passion for this very exciting sport that will ultimately establish an exciting and winning tradition for the Riptide.
, 44, who currently resides in Newport Beach, California, has had a long history in lacrosse.He began his involvement in the sport as a goalie collegiately at the University of Pennsylvania.
After graduation, he
remained at Penn, serving as an assistant coach on the staff of Tony Seaman (Now the Head Coach at Towson University) for five seasons. He
then assumed the reins at Franklin & Marshall College
in nearby Lancaster, Pennsylvania.In his
three seasons in charge (1988-90), he
led the Diplomats to two berths in the NCAA Division III tournament, including a final four appearance in 1988 the same year he
earned NCAA Division III Coach of the Year honors.In 1990, he
launched the Warrior Champ Camp, a summer showcase for the best high school lacrosse players in the nation.
In 1991, he
returned to his
alma mater, and guided the Quakers for four seasons before moving to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1994.Mix
is responsible for starting the first and foremost youth lacrosse program in the queen city before moving his
family to Newport Beach in 2003, when he
founded The Cheetah Group, Inc.
, a brand development, marketing and management firm, specializing in entertainment and sports.