The Kenston High School Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Sean Kobunski as its next varsity girls lacrosse head coach. The announcement was made by Athletic Director Reid Guarnieri following the hiring recommendation from Principal Tom Gabram and subsequent approval by the Kenston Board of Education at Monday’s monthly meeting (September 23).
Kenston had sought a permanent solution to its coaching vacancy while interim head coach Patrick Benz led the Bomber girls lacrosse program to two progressively successful seasons.
Guarnieri said, “We would like to thank Coach Benz for not only stabilizing but growing the team as we sought the best permanent leader for our program. Upon receiving the highest of recommendations from his peers as well as those directly familiar with his leadership, we have been presented with a person, in Coach Kobunski, in whom we have great faith will build upon the recent development and success exhibited by our student-athletes.”
Kobunski, a graduate of Benedictine High School, has spent the last eight years coaching at the local high school and club levels. Following a lacrosse playing career at Siena Heights University, he returned to his alma mater Benedictine to help coach its boys program before foraying into coaching girls’ lacrosse. Kobunski parlayed five successful seasons coaching with the girls program at the Beaumont School before taking over as head coach for Chardon High School.
There he transformed a squad who had only won two games into a 12-win program during the 2019 season.
In addition to coaching at the high school level, Kobunski has been on staff with local clubs Ohio Premier and Burning River Lacrosse where he has coached current Kenston student-athletes Dylan Britton and Amanda Eastman. Shaker Heights Head Coach David Millilo said about Coach Kobunski that, “He is a great coach and great human being. I have been impressed with his acumen and knowledge and his ability to work with young women in the sport of lacrosse. He is a heck of a coach and will do very well at Kenston.”
Kobunski has admired the Kenston system for some time and was extremely excited to see the opportunity become available, stating, “I would like to thank Mr. Gabram and Mr. Guarnieri for this opportunity. It is a great honor to be joining a program like Kenston.”
A lot of anticipation surrounds a roster that looks to return 27 of its 30 team members from last year, including All-State attacker Lauren Liston. Kobunski added, “With the amount of returning players with experience, our expectations are set very high. I believe this team is capable of achieving some big things. It will be exciting to see how the season plays out. I look forward to meeting the players, parents and members of the community.”
Coach Kobunski lives in Streetsboro and works as a Program Coordinator for the local advertising agency Marcus Thomas.
Kenston will open its 2020 regular season at home facing Strongsville on March 20.