MIKE SONG | Head Coach

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Coach Song has been playing lacrosse since his childhood in Virginia, and he has coached the sport for over a decade to youth through varsity high school and college players.

Coach Song was most recently Director of Boys and Girls Lacrosse/Boys Head Coach at Long Beach Polytechnic HS, named one of the top ten sports schools in the country according to ESPN. At Poly, Coach Song launched the program and graduated it from a club to a CIF school sport, earning an overall coaching record of 43-25 (.632), including a startup season of 7-6 with all first-time players. At Poly, Coach Song earned his players over a dozen scholarship offers in the four-year program history, and he also developed Long Beach Youth Lacrosse, a youth and feeder program offering lacrosse to minorities and lower income families.

Prior to LB Poly, Coach Song served as Varsity Assistant and JV Head at Mira Costa HS in Manhattan Beach, CA, where he led the team to an 11-1 record.

As a player, Michael was a midfielder for the Korea National Team in the 2002 World Lacrosse Championships, starting all games including Sweden, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Wales, and Ireland. In college, Michael attended Lehigh University, where he played for the men's lacrosse club and earned NCLL All-Star accolades, as well as competing in the NCLL national championship tournament two times, reaching both semi-finals and quarter-finals in ’97 and ’01 respectively.

Coach Song comes to Houston to head Westside HS/West Houston Lacrosse, and to work with the staff at the University of Houston. “I have always been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion through lacrosse, and I’m excited about growing the sport in Houston, promoting a Leadership in Life philosophy, and continuing to help provide avenues for college scholarships. I look forward to being part of the Houston lacrosse community.”

BOB MACKENZIE, Assistant Coach

Bob Mackenzie has served as Westside’s head coach from 2008-2014, and then as assistant coach from 2015 to present. Coach Mackenzie comes from Bethany College (Bethany, WV) where he earned a BA in Mass Communications (’77) and also played four years at Defense, Midfield, and Attack, winning a Southwest Lacrosse Association championship in ’83 and earning an All-Star accolade.

Coach Mackenzie’s son, Tyler, played lacrosse at Westside HS, and his daughter, jordann, cheered at WHS. Coach Mackenzie currently plays ice hickey in different leagues in Houston.

SAL MANEEN, Assistant Coach, Goalie Coordinator

Sal Maneen comes from Houston and earned a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University, where he tended goal for the club team in the Upstate Outdoor Lacrosse League.

Prior to college, Coach Sal played high school lacrosse at Strake Jesuit. Professionally, Sal has Spent more than a decade covering NCAA, pro, and High School lacrosse for ESPN, Inside Lacrosse, and Lax.com. He called the World Indoor Lax Championships for ESPN Radio, and he has covered multiple men’s and women’s Final Four Weekend’s.

Coach Sal brings a wealth of knowledge to the team and specifically at the goalie position, as he starts his second year at Westside coaching.

MAX MAZOCH, Assistant Coach

Max Mazoch brings high level, national championship sports experience to the Westside program, where he has coached middle school and high school teams.

Coach Mazoch played football throughout high school and one year at Texas A&M, where he was on the 12th Man Kick off Team. That year, Texas A&M won the Southwest Conference Championship the Cotton Bowl against Notre Dame.

Coach Mazoch is married with three children, Max, Luke and Leah.   They enjoy the outdoors, and Coach Mazoch has run 11 Houston marathons. He also ran a half marathon in 2016 with his son Luke.

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