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Meet Geoffrey Giglio of Irvine Ranger Lacrosse

Today we’d like to introduce you to Geoffrey Giglio.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Geoffrey. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I wanted to do something to help a sport and kids. To do something a different way to help all kids regardless of financial status, I went through personal and family struggles and the loss of my best friend and it sort of set this in motion. About a year and a half ago I started I believe and then 8 months ago, I had a substantial brain stem stroke. We have grown from about 20-30 boys to over 100 in the last year. I really have a lot I want to do but have found it very difficult with the stroke, and the resistance from the local lacrosse heads of state who seem opposed to anything that does not bring in my opinion way to over the top financial gain, I also am having trouble finding the kind of coaches I want to set the example we are trying to set for the boys. Well, to be the example. I believe action and showing the example of hard work, commitment, being there not only in sport but for each other is so important for these young boys and men. The idea was to build a community and culture of lacrosse and a family and support system, not just another team to take money and a business. I am not sure how I have done, but I am more motivated then ever. I just don’t know if I can find the lacrosse coaches and men to teach on field to help this happen. Although, I firmly believe it helped me for awhile by keeping me busy and pushing me to not quit. The other side, the business, that’s another story. I am a firm believer, there is no place for business in youth sports. It isn’t necessary, and it ultimately in most cases, ends up sadly changing good intentions into something not so good.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been so rough, people have so much trouble believing you could be doing this for no financial gain, but for something deeper. Then trying to appease all the parents to get a program going, to stick to core values when you need bodies to form a team, and getting little or no help from young coaches that in my opinion are the epitome of the malice and entitlement I’m am trying to help stop. The Lacrosse industry I call it is absolutely terrible, the heads of the leagues and other things sort of have a death grip on things and its all about money and they have not only not help me, but made things so much more difficult, the thing that I understand though is they really don’t know how bad it was for me, as I hide things and want to be better, but brain damage is a weird thing and something that even doctors I feel can’t understand at times. I enjoy being around people I can help that are worse off then me, because I know how they feel and they don’t judge and push, its like a club, and while your bummed you have to be in it, glad for the people and the growth as person.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Irvine Ranger Lacrosse story. Tell us more about the business.
We wont turn anyone away because of financial status. I want it to be community driven and about the kids and families. Just the amount of work to get it off the ground, a 501(c)3, to be compliant with the city, to basically sell this new sport which none of the other programs in county thought could happen. Now of course there all like Vultures for the money, and the sad part is I am watching people buy in and in the end, I just wanted Lacrosse in Irvine and So Cal, so if my way isn’t what they want, and some people don’t get it, and these young coaches and other programs, and all there BS, and there over inflated credentials. Its sad but prime for the shame. We didn’t have lacrosse on West Coast, some think we need the coaches that went to this school or that, and boy, these coaches start to buy their own hype and back east they would be lucky to have a coaching job. To much money, for too little work, a bad mix, with youth sports.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see nothing good for youth lacrosse, unless community based family organizations take over from these young lacrosse and for that matter older lacrosse coaches. That really don’t have the business acumen and the work ethic. I see the numbers not going up as they claim, I see the sport getting more negative than positive and I hope we can get rid of this business side and financial side to it. If I had the support financially and with personnel. I know what I would do, and I will tell you, these boys would have to work for there money and not just expect it.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 60 Willow Tree Lane, Irvine , CA 92612
  • Website: www.irvinerangerlacrosse.com
  • Phone: 949-345-5648
  • Email: irvinerangerlax@gmail.com
  • Facebook: Irvine Ranger Lacrosse


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Vanessa

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