NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma men’s lacrosse team has hired several coaches to join its staff for the 2019 season. Coming off back-to-back LSA championship appearances under the direction of head coach Mario Enea, the Sooners look to build on the previous two seasons with these new additions to the family.
“I am so excited to coach and learn from our staff this spring,” Enea said. “From the moment I first met each of them, I knew they would be terrific additions to our family. They are not only great lacrosse players, transitioning into coaching, but even better people.”
Greg Karaczynski joins the Sooners lacrosse coaching staff as the assistant defensive coordinator, with a focused development of goalies. Karaczynski transitions into coaching following a successful playing career at Indiana. Enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program, he played three years in the GRLC with a record of 15-4. During his time at Indiana, the Hoosiers won the 2014 GRLC championship, advancing to the MCLA national championships.
He earned Honorable Mention All-Conference in his junior year, and also held positions as club director of marketing and treasurer. Karaczynski graduated from Indiana in 2017 with a B.A. in Central Eurasian Studies and Turkish language.
Karaczynski grew up on Long Island in the village of Lynbrook. He was a three-sport athlete at Lynbrook High School. Karaczynski was a three-year varsity player in lacrosse, earning the Nassau County Class B Most Improved Player his junior year. His early success earned him invitations to the Top 205 recruiting camp at Towson and Peak 200 at Springfield College in 2012 and 2013. For his last year at Lynbrook, he earned all-conference and all-county nominations.
He is now an active duty officer in the United States Air Force, as well as coaching for the Sooners. Karacynski has mentored and coached many youth goalies, as well as teams in Indiana and New York.
“Our goalies will be thrilled to have their own goalie coach this season, and what a blessing it is for me to take that position off my plate” Enea said.
Eric Emanuele joins the Sooners lacrosse coaching staff after moving to Oklahoma in July from Canada. Eric is an accomplished multi-sport athlete and grew up playing lacrosse, hockey, golf and basketball at the highest level in Victoria, B.C. Emanuele joined the Westshore Bears Jr. Lacrosse team, winning both League and Island Championships and Provincial Medals, as well as multiple awards including most dedicated player.
Emanuele took up curling and cycling while continuing to play senior lacrosse in Vancouver, while coaching the South Fraser Warriors and attending Simon Fraser as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
He is currently a national level golfer and curler in the Canadian Armed Forces, winning the National Golf Championships, as well as back-to-back regional curling championships. Throughout Emanuele's posting, his passion for lacrosse as never waned and he has sought out every opportunity to stay involved with the game.
“The first thing I did when we found out we were being posted to Oklahoma was to message Coach Enea,” Emanuele said.
Eric and his wife Marina are both captains on active duty as Air Battle Managers posted to Tinker AFB.
“We are so fortunate to have someone with Emanuele international's multi- sport pedigree. He will be a tremendous help with is knowledge of the game on offense, his attention to detail and for running the substitution box. I really look forward to coaching with him this spring,” Enea said.
Daehwan Kim joins the Sooners lacrosse coaching staff as the defensive coordinator.
Kim grew up on Long Island and played his prep years at Manhasset High School. He played close defense, earning all-county accolades his junior and senior seasons.
He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 2004 with a degree in systems engineering.
Following graduation, he served over five years in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer in various positions and assignments, including multiple deployments in Iraq.
“Having Coach Kim take over control of the defense will be the biggest positive change we have made in the last two seasons," Enea said. "I’m more of an offensive minded coach, but we all know its the defense that's wins the championships. It doesn't get any better than Manhasset and Army, so I am super excited to hand that over to coach and I look forward to watching his success with our talented defensive players”
Jack Hundley transitions into coaching following a successful playing career with the Sooners. Hundley was a four-year member of the Oklahoma men’s lacrosse team and helped the team to a pair of LSA championships appearances in 2017 and 2018.
Hundley was directly responsible for the Sooners faceoff unit, which excelled during his two seasons as a member of that unit. Hundley finished third in the league in faceoff winning percentage in 2018 (.659) and also led the team in ground balls per game (4.17) en route to earning LSA all-conference accolades, as well as "GB Hog" OU team award.
As a volunteer graduate assistant coach, Hundley will work closely with the faceoff unit, the defensive midfielders and coordinate the scout team. Hundley, played football and lacrosse at Salpointe High School in Tucson, Ariz. He will graduate this spring with a degree in advertising.
“I'm so happy Hundley will continue to be part of our Sooner lacrosse family. He is an excellent player, has a fantastic attitude and an unbelievable work ethic. He will be an excellent coach for us this spring, especially for our younger face off men and short-stick defensive players. I look forward to coaching and winning with him on staff this spring,” said Enea
Austen Sanchez transitions into coaching following a successful playing career with the Sooners. Sanchez was a four-year member of the Oklahoma men’s lacrosse team and helped the team to a pair of LSA championships appearances in 2017 and 2018.
Sanchez led the Sooners midfield with 53 points (27g, 26a) his senior year, During his junior year he added 19 points (12g, 9a) and another 21 points (15g, 6a) his sophomore and freshman campaigns combined. He accumulated 95 points (54g, 41a) over his career.
Scoring the overtime game-winning goal in the semifinals against Texas was arguably the most important goal in the history of Oklahoma lacrosse. Sanchez was a two-time all-LSA conference player as well earning the "Offensive BraveHeart" team award voted on by his teammates. Sanchez worked closely with Coach Enea as member of the Nike Lacrosse camp staff for the past two summers.
From the Houston (Texas) Christian School, Sanchez will graduate in the spring with a degree in energy management.
"I'm so happy Sanchez will continue to be part of our Sooner lacrosse family. He is an excellent player, understands the offense and what it takes to be successful. He will be an excellent coach for us this spring, especially for our younger offensive midfield and attack players. I look forward to continue winning and coaching with him this Spring and Summer,” said Enea.