Karl Rohlin will make an encore appearance as head coach of the Great Oak boys lacrosse team for the 2019 season. Rohlin founded the Great Oak program in 2006 and was head coach for 11 years through 2016. He led the Wolfpack to more than 100 wins over that span.
Although he stepped down from the Great Oak position in 2016, Rohlin has continued to stay involved in the local lacrosse community as a coach for the Temecula Valley Lacrosse Club youth program. When Mike Bowers stepped down after last season and a search for a replacement did not yield the right candidate, the Orange County Chapter of US Lacrosse 2015 Man of the the Year was ready to step in.
“I’m coaching this year at Great Oak for two reasons,” Rohlin said by email. “One is to rebuild the lacrosse culture and get it back on track. The second it to mentor our assistant coaches so they can take over the program and continue the tradition of Great Oak Lacrosse. Our assistant coaches are Great Oak alumni, so to them it is more than just coaching lacrosse. It is also about keeping the Great Oak spirit alive and growing.”
Having helped develop most of the players and the coaching staff, Rohlin comes into the position with eyes wide open and he likes what he sees.
“My outlook for this season is good,” he said. I’m always optimistic. I see the talent that is here, and I also see their ability and desire to learn and improve. We have a good group of players, and I believe that we will be right back in the mix again this year. I’m very excited about this season!”