Coaching change for Aspen High boys lacrosse |

Coaching change for Aspen High boys lacrosse

Max Slack of Glenwood Springs attacks against the Aspen defense during a game earlier this season at Aspen School District Stadium.
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Aspen High School is making a midseason coaching change in boys lacrosse.

Interim head coach Tim Spaulding was placed on administrative leave this week, pending an investigation, said Aspen High School Principal Theryn Mulberry.

He said David Miller will take over as the head coach of the Skiers, who are scheduled to play again Monday in Montrose.

“This is a personnel matter,” Mulberry said in an interview with The Aspen Times. “This is just a school investigation.”

He said school district officials sent an email letter to the boys lacrosse parents, explaining the change in coaches.

“Lacrosse is one of our prime programs,” Mulberry said. “We want to continue to offer a quality … program.”

A meeting with parents was scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Spaulding was named the interim head coach of Aspen High School boys lacrosse just days before the start of the spring season.

Former head coach Mike Goerne, who had guided the Skiers to the state championship last year, was unable to return because of a late job commitment.

Aspen High School athletic director Jay Maher, in his first year, announced that Spaulding was selected to lead the Aspen boys lacrosse tem this season as the interim head coach.

The assistant boys lacrosse coaching staff was already in place.

Maher said the issue is a personnel matter, and the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) is not involved in the process.

“I would like to thank the administration, coaches, parents and players for the opportunity to be the head coach of the largest program in the community,” Spaulding wrote in a text message to The Aspen Times. “We’ve made a few mistakes as a coaching staff while trying to better ourselves each day moving forward. Those are on my shoulders and I’ll accept the responsibility.

“I wish nothing but the best to the players/coaches the rest of the season.”

The Skiers will play at Montrose on Monday afternoon. They are 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the Mountain League.

The next home game for the Aspen boys lacrosse team will be Wednesday afternoon when Summit visits Aspen School District Stadium.

The coaching suspension at Aspen High School is the third this academic year.

In the fall, Aspen head football coach Ryan Triece was suspended after he was ejected from a home game.

He subsequently resigned his position, and longtime assistant coach Chris Peshek took over for the rest of the season.

Aspen High School also made a midseason coaching change in the dance program.

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