Longtime Gunn High lacrosse coach Arakawa hired to run girls program at St. Francis High

Doug Arakawa is the new head coach of the girls lacrosse program at St. Francis High.

Hired last month, Arakawa previously coached the spring sport at Gunn High.

“We are very excited to have Coach Arakawa as our new head girls lacrosse coach here at St. Fran-cis High School,” director of athletics Michael Pilawski said in a press release issued Aug. 30. “He is a true student of the game and has developed a very strong reputation and a very successful program at Gunn High School the past eight years. We are excited to have him as part of our community and look forward to continuing to build a successful program.”

Arakawa began his coaching career at Gunn as an assistant in 2010. He was named interim head varsity coach the next year and in 2012 took over the program on a permanent basis.

From 2012 to 2019, the Titans had an overall record of 109-47 under Arakawa. He guided the team to the SCVAL final for consecutive years, starting in 2015, and the Titans won two championships in that span.

In addition to his work at Gunn, Arakawa has served as a club coach with NorCal Rize for the past three years.

“I am both honored and excited to be the new head varsity girls lacrosse coach at St. Francis High School,” Arakawa said. “I look forward to working with the athletes and everyone involved with the athletic department to continue the tradition of excellence at St. Francis.”

Arakawa replaces Sarina Madnick, who stepped down after three seasons as coach due to a move to the East Coast, according to St. Francis officials.

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