Manitou Springs and volleyball coach Carol Benedict part ways

MANITOU SPRINGS — The Manitou Springs Mustangs are on the search for a new volleyball coach, according to Dan Mohrmann on Twitter.

Carol Benedict, who went 71-13 as coach of the Mustangs, and the school parted ways just before the holiday break.

Under Benedict, Manitou made three state tournament appearances and fished no lower than eighth place. The Mustangs were state runners-up in 2013.

This will be the second coaching change for the program since 2011 when Benedict replaced Bridget O'Connor.

The Mustangs 23-5 this past fall, winning the 3A Tri-Peaks leagues. They advanced to the state semifinals where they lost to Valley. A win over Pagosa Springs had the Mustangs finishing the season in third place in 3A.

There is no word on when the Mustangs hope to fill the position.