Knarr finished among the nation's leaders in face-off win percentage and ground balls
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In 2013, under O'Branski's guidance, Tyler Knarr ranked fifth in the NCAA in face-off win percentage (.622), while turning in the second best single-season face-off win total (184) in program history. Knarr also broke GU's single-season ground ball record with 112, earning Second Team All-BIG EAST honors. As a team, the Hoyas .551 face-off win percentage was third in the league.
A Binghamton, N.Y. native, O'Branski joined the Hoyas coaching staff in 2013 as the volunteer assistant coach after three seasons coaching at Salisbury University, helping the Sea Gulls to a record of 65-3 including three Division III National Championship appearances and consecutive Division III National Championships.
At Salisbury, O'Branski transitioned into coaching directly following a successful playing career with the Sea Gulls, helping to continue the program's dominance at the Division III level. As an assistant coach, O'Branski handled the defensive midfield positional group as well as coordinating the scout team and assisting with the offense. At Salisbury, he served as an advisor and tutor for the team's student-athletes while also creating individual and team strength and conditioning programs. In addition to his role as recruiting coordinator, he scouted other opponents and acquired, edited and analyzed game film to develop scouting reports to help Salisbury prepare for upcoming opponents. During his time on staff, O'Branski delivered keynote presentations with Head Coach Jim Berkman, the NCAA's winningest men's lacrosse coach, at the IMLCA and US Lacrosse national conventions.
On the field, after transferring from St. Vincent College, O'Branski was a three-year letterwinner at Salisbury, being named a team captain during his senior season, 2009. He was a part of the Sea Gulls undefeated 2007 and 2008 NCAA Division III Men's National Champion squads. He also helped the team to three consecutive Capital Athletic Conference Tournament Championships, from 2007-2009.
O'Branski graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish in 2009 and Master of Arts in Teaching in 2011, both at Salisbury.