Mix doesn’t believe there’s pressure in being the son of G.W. Mix. Instead, the Sea Kings’ attackman calls it a standard he religiously attempts to meet daily.
“He definitely expects a lot,” Ryan Mix said of his father. “He has high standards for me. Me trying to live up to those standards has made me a great player.”
It helps that G.W. Mix never forced Ryan, as well as his two younger brothers, to play lacrosse. However, the sport has been prominent in the home.
G.W. Mix played whiled growing up in Baltimore, Md. He starred at Gillman High, a traditional powerhouse in lacrosse. He also played lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania, where he later became an assistant and, later, the head coach.
As a coach, he directed several camps on the East Coast.
Still, it wasn’t until little Ryan was in the fourth grade that he wanted to know more about lacrosse. Ryan says he struggled with soccer, basketball and baseball.
At least in lacrosse, Ryan could find help.
“I was unfortunate I had a good career in the Ivy League,” G.W. Mix said. “I certainly don’t need my son’s career to validate my own.”
“My wife is the same. She was a very talented player,” G.W. said of his wife, Mary (the former Allison) who played at Newport Harbor High and later UC Santa Barbara. “We try not to push them. Was I excited when he came to me, asking to play and learn about lacrosse? Sure. But it wasn’t something I pushed on him.”
Ryan’s mother, Mary, was a reason the Mixes left North Carolina and moved to Newport Coast. But who would’ve thought her kid would be playing so well at her alma mater’s rival school? He has improved each season and in this fourth varsity year. This season, the Notre Dame-bound Mix leads CdM in scoring with 52 goals and 11 assists.