A pioneer in California Lacrosse, Mario Enea has been involved in the game for over 25 years as a player, coach, and an official.
Enea grew up in Monterey, CA and played high school LAX at Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, CA. A starter at Drew University in Madison, NJ, Enea led the team to a bid in the NCAA Div III tournament. Transferring to the West Coast to the University of California at Berkeley, Enea was a two-time Captain and All-Star, MVP, Most Inspirational, and two-time Western Collegiate Lacrosse League Champion. On the cover of the 1995 February issue of Lacrosse Magazine, Enea and his CAL teammates are photographed standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge with the caption “Is Cal the best in the West?” Enea played in the North/South Division I All-Star game at Johns Hopkins University and was drafted in the third round of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League.
A former professional lacrosse player, Mario's enthusiasm, passion, and love for the game are contagious. He has helped founded numerous programs that have introduced thousands of kids to the game of lacrosse. He has developed over 125 High School All Americans. He is the former Head Coach at Santa Clara University, Santa Catalina, Palma, and Stevenson High Schools. Coach Mario founded BraveHeart Lacrosse, a training center for players, coaches and officials. BraveHeart Lacrosse hosts camps, clinics, tournaments, and an elite travel program. Coach Mario teaches his players to play with Honor, Integrity and Passion.
When he is not working lacrosse, he enjoys playing golf, running, cycling, hiking, and snowboarding. He is also an accomplished artist. Coach Mario lives in Carmel, CA with his wife, Whitney, and two children, Sofia and Ritter.