TEAM HISTORY
 
Oceanside’s club team was founded in 2007, fielding a Middle School team for the first two years. Oceanside United competed in the Pacific Lacrosse League (PLL) in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 making it to the Semi-Finals in each of those years, and the Finals in 2012 & 2013. Oceanside United won the PLL Championship in 2012, and went on to achieve a second Place finish in the 2012 California State Club Championships.  In 2013 Oceanside finished the season with a second place finish in the PLL and fourth place in the 2013 California State Club Championships.

For the 2014 season, the goal of CIF inclusion of Lacrosse at El Camino High School was achieved, and the existing Oceanside United Lacrosse Club transitioned to a CIF program for those club members attending El Camino High School.  For those players outside of the El Camino High School residency area, the High School Club Program transitioned to Vista, California, as the Panther Lacrosse Club practicing and playing at Vista High School.
 
The 2014 Panthers program was hugely successful. As a first year program, the Panthers final record was 8-4, with a third place finish in the Pacific Lacrosse League.  As a measure of how the Panthers stacked up against the rest of the state, we finished #2 in Southern California, and #10 overall in the state according to the LaxPower rankings.  We sent six boys to the PLL All Star Game in which our boys were on the victorious Red Team, combining for 6 of 9 goals in a 9-7 victory over the opposing Blue Team.
 

 Founding Coach Frank Nichols

My name is Frank Nichols Sr. I was one of the Founding Fathers of Lacrosse on the west coast. I am from Bayshore, Long Island, New York. I was a local Special Education Teacher at Libby Elementary, in Oceanside. I grew up playing with some of the Iroquois Nation Native Americans, playing Indoor Lacrosse; a lot like hockey. Then in High School, I started playing field lacrosse with most of my friends and some Iroquois from Indoor. I came out to the west coast in the early 70's and started a men's team in Point Loma, called OMBAC. Within only a couple of painful months, we were able to go undefeated and win the championship. After a couple years with OMBAC, I received an offer to start the Sonoma State University lacrosse team. I left California with my new born son, Frankie Nichols Jr, and headed to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Became a teacher in Bernalilo County at New Mexico University as well as start a lacrosse program out there. Moved back to California in 1999, received a call from some old neighborhood friends with an offer that I couldn't turn down; to play in the Master's US Lacrosse Men's Team In Perth, Australia, in 2002. In my return, I started up the Carlsbad High Lacrosse Program, and had a wonderful season. Went to Valley Middle School, and started the lacrosse program there. To add more local schools into this wonderful sport, I moved to MLK Middle School, began the program there as well as El Camino High School. At El Camino High we went undefeated playing local CIF ranked lacrosse teams.

".... it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog" - Frank Nichols Sr.
A great quote that he used to always get us fired up before every game at El Camino.

R.I.P. Frank Nichols Sr. 02/06/1952 - 06/20/2009
Written by Frankie Nichols Jr.
 
 

Founding Coach Fran DeLeonardis

I was born near Pittsburgh PA and raised in Los Angeles County.  I always gravitated towards sports as a youth and started playing Football, Basketball, and Baseball in elementary school.  My athletic career continued through high school and culminated with a season of Jr. College Football.  In 1984 I relocated to San Diego County and in 1988 began my 25 year career in the Water Treatment Industry.  I married my wife Claudia in 1991 and have two children.

My son became interested in Lacrosse in the summer of 2005, and by 2007 with the help Frank Nichols Sr., the Oceanside Lacrosse Club was formed.