Klahowya’s Hawley named top lacrosse coach

Klahowya boys lacrosse coach Rob Hawley has been named the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association coach of the year for 2016.

Hawley, a two-time Harvard All-American and Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame coach at Klahowya, led the team to the state quarterfinals after winning the Division II Narrows/Olympic crown with a 14-1-0 record.

It was a difficult spring for Hawley and the Eagles, who had to deal with the death of four Klahowya players: Keigen Langholff, Bailey Kallio, Gian King and Lucas Weaver.

In a story earlier this spring, Hawley told the Kitsap Sun that the circumstances around the losses gave him a first-hand look at how his athletes respond to what is one of life’s worst moments.

“I’ve seen them be really resilient, really brave,” Hawley said. “They care for each other, they look out for each other as you would hope a team would do. Our community has been really remarkable too, supporting not just our team, but everybody; the families, the school, the other kids at school. So many groups that are close to this. … I think everybody has felt that support and what I got from the boys day one of practice was, it was time for us to play.”

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