Honoring Our Friend
Chauncey O'Brien ("COB") was a young man who exemplified the "best and brightest" of our lacrosse players in the South Bay. The son of West Valley Red Hawks founder, A.J. O'Brien, Chauncey was an imposing and stand-out attackman who participated with the West Valley Red Hawks Lacrosse Club from it's initial founding in 2004. He played on the 2008 Red Hawks California State Championship team while maintaining exemplary grades in high school. Chauncey went on to coach Red Hawks teams with former team members and current COB and Red Hawks coaches, Logan Lichorowic and Zack Kowitz. Chauncey had an infectious sense of humor, sharp intellect and love for lacrosse.
In 2014, we suddenly and unexpectedly lost Chauncey to opioid addition - an affliction that has taken far too many lives of Americans over the past decade.
Since (and during) our first year, COB teams earned multiple tournament championships playing against some of the best teams in the West and receiving an invitation to play in the national championships in Florida. The club's coaches and administrators have proudly helped kids gain opportunities to play at major lacrosse colleges such as Navy, Denver, Ohio State, Arizona State, etc., and have produced multiple high school US Lacrosse All-Americans. Our coaches coach for the love of the sport and in honor of Chauncey. Our players likewise play for their love of the sport, to win and to proudly represent Northern California lacrosse in California and beyond and to carry on our proud and deep lacrosse legacy.
Chauncey (first from the left with friends and teammates, Ian and Dylan Cleary) loved the outdoors especially fishing and riding horses in Wyoming. Chauncey was a big kid with an even bigger heart.