Chop Shop is hosted by Southern California Youth Lacrosse enthusiast Drew Rogers, aka “Chopper”. Chop Shop supports youth and high school lacrosse through its sponsor, laxratz.net airing interviews with, and insight from lacrosse players, coaches, officials and fans. Chopper believes that lacrosse is an allegory for life and each Chop Shop installment features lessons or experiences applicable to lacrosse and life in general.
Chop Shop Ep 9: Marissa Hewitt - Marissa followed her heart and joined Harlem Lacrosse
Marissa Hewitt had it all – she coached the Palos Verdes High School girls lacrosse team into a powerhouse. Favored to win an upcoming Southern Section title, Marissa followed her heart and joined Harlem Lacrosse, seeking to reach out and help underprivileged kids, teaching them how to play lacrosse as well as associated life lessons. As its name suggests, Harlem Lacrosse targets lower income communities to provide structure and hope for its students. Marissa shares success stories from these communities as well as particular individuals for whom lacrosse changed their lives for good.
Chop Shop Ep 8: Tarik Ergin - Whether it’s movie lore or lacrosse lessons Tarik has lived an interesting life
Tarik Ergen has made a name for himself playing and coaching lacrosse but if you Google him the first thing you see is his acting career. He was Lieutenant Ayala in the Star Trek series and appeared in a variety of other TV shows and movies. He taught Scott Bakula how to play lacrosse for a subsequent Star Trek episode. Whether it’s movie lore or lacrosse lessons Tarik has lived an interesting life and offers unique insight into both.
Chop Shop Ep 7: Lane Jaffe - He has developed a unique outlook and approach to life and lacrosse.
Southern California lacrosse fans and players know Lane Jaffe for his high school lax coaching success and the positive influence he has cast on his teams. What they may not know is the spiritual side of the man we at LaxRatz call “The Chief”. He has traveled the world exploring exotic destinations as well as the inner reaches of his own mind. He has developed a unique outlook and approach to life and lacrosse. Here’s a chance to experience some Lax Zen from the master himself.
Chop Shop Ep 6: Mario Waibel - In a sport dominated by east coast lacrosse prodigies Mario Waibel is a unicorn
In a sport dominated by east coast lacrosse prodigies Mario Waibel is a unicorn. Born and raised on the west coast he grew up playing hockey and football, which, at 6’2” and 240 pounds of wide receiver speed seemed a natural calling. But the moment he picked up a lacrosse stick, at the advanced age of eighteen, he could feel its pull. And he never put it down. Mario’s has been a life of starting from scratch and making something great, from his own youth to the varied lacrosse programs he’s coached, to the present, where he has developed his program, “Goon Lacrosse” into a lacrosse and life academy for young players.
Chop Shop Ep 5: Kylor Berkman - In order to succeed you must have a plan and then work tirelessly at that plan.
As the son of a living legend, Salisbury College Lacrosse Head Coach Jim Berkman, Kylor Berkman had a target on his back from the minute he began playing competitive sports. He eventually flourished at lacrosse, winning two national championships playing for his dad at Salisbury along with individual awards like 3-time All American, 2-time midfielder of the year and 2008 Player of the Year. Opponents used to rationalize his success against them as just luck but Kylor explains it required the thousands of hours he put in practicing to create that luck. His mantra is simple, in order to succeed you must have a plan and then work tirelessly at that plan. Great counsel for lacrosse – and for life.
Chop Shop Ep 4: Zach Rogers was a top-rated baseball player who eschewed certain success for a gamble on lacrosse
Quality of life often depends on one’s ability to assess and then optimize their individual gifts and passions. Zach Rogers was a top-rated baseball player who eschewed certain success for a gamble on lacrosse and because he loved it and worked at it, he enjoyed a long, successful career with lax. Despite having no box lacrosse experience he joined and starred for the Langley Thunder in semipro box lacrosse and then ranked first at the NLL combine and was drafted by the NLL Colorado Mammoth. He was cut but not discouraged and made up his mind to overcome the long odds against professional modeling, won a contract with a top modeling agency and now makes a living modeling and commercial acting. His story of understanding and leveraging your tool kit and then refusing to accept “No” will inspire listeners to do the same.