Enloe High School lacrosse coach Chase Kaznowski is stepping down after three years to take a job in the “real world,” he said Wednesday afternoon.
The 2010 Green Hope graduate will begin working in the sports traveling industry.
“I’m only 23 years old, and I accepted a job in the real world that won’t let me put as much time into (coaching),” he said. “I’m not going to do that to the kids if I can’t give it 120 percent.”
Kaznowski posted a 22-26 mark in three years with the program. Last season, the Eagles finished 13-5 and Kaznowski was named the Cap-8 East Region Coach of the Year.
He played four years of varsity lacrosse at Green Hope, where his younger brother now competes in the same sport, and a year of club at N.C. State. Kaznowski said his new job will be in Raleigh.
His new position wasn’t the only reason for his resignation. His brother will enter his senior season with Green Hope lacrosse this year.
“I’ve spent the last three years not being able to watch him, so I’d like to be able to watch him,” Kaznowski said. “Family is a big part of that.”
Kaznowski started coaching the Eagles when he was 20, so he said the players knew his departure was likely.
For some of the players, Kaznowski was their only high school coach.
“Obviously, they’re disappointed,” he said. “They’ve always understood that because of my age, things could change. They’re a little disappointed, but they know it’s them that put in the hard work to build the program. If they didn’t put in that hard work, it wouldn’t have gotten to where it did last year.
“They understand the program is in their hands.”
Though the Eagles graduated nine seniors, they will ll return 16 upperclassman, including senior attacker Caelan Eckard and senior midfielder Dan Izatt. Eckard led Enloe with 61 goals and 44 assists last year.
Izatt recorded a team-best 87 ground balls.
“(They) are more than capable of carrying that team,” Kaznowski said.
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