Alumni Spotlight: John Mahoney, Class of 1987

John Mahoney, center, huddles with the Humboldt Lacrosse team in 1983.

Humboldt State Normal School was established by California Gov. Hiram Johnson in 1913. Seventy years later, James Kircher and John Mahoney — former St. Ignatius College Preparatory teammates — established the lacrosse team.

The rest, we hope 🤞🤞, is history…


Name: John Mahoney
Year Graduated: 1987
Major: Applied Cultural Anthropology
Years Played: 1983-1987
Position: All of them, except goalie
Hometown: Santa Cruz
High School: Saint Ignatius College Prep

What are you up to now? For the last 10 years, I have worked in Finance at Facebook (@facebookapp)

How did you end up at Humboldt and joining the team?
I helped start the club with James Kircher – I had no choice

What’s your favorite lacrosse moment at Humboldt? On or off the field
Well, there are many. No. 1: Our first road trip in Keith’s VW bus to Berkeley and Stanford; No. 2: Beating Gary Podesta and Santa Clara University; No. 3: Going on a beer run in a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s squad car with Gumby, Mason and Kaz; No. 4: BBQ in Sacramento State parking lot and being taxed food by their campus police; No. 5: SLO road trip with my serape, a bottle of cognac and lacrosse gear — only.

Do you ever get a chance to get back to Humboldt County at all? What places would you go to visit or where would you go to eat/drink?
Steelhead fishing in Blue Lake, Korbel and Orick. Golf at Beau Pre, Eureka Muni and Baywood CC

What does lacrosse mean to you?
No matter the skills of the individual, you must harness your strengths to compete!

What would you tell someone if they were thinking about going to Humboldt?
Do it!

Is there anything you want to add or want people to know?
Sacramento Old Boys had beer and vodka in the goal during the old Western States Tourney at Stanford — that’s why Mason, Crowley and I wanted to play attack during those games.