Air Academy boys lacrosse coach John Mandico steps down

Air Academy Pueblo West boys lacrosse

(Dan Mohrmann/

John Mandico gives everything he has when it comes to commitments. As it pertains to his role as the Air Academy boys lacrosse coach, he felt like he couldn't give anymore.

Mandico has stepped down as the boys lacrosse coach for the Kadets. In two seasons with the program, he led the team to a 21-14 overall record.

"He did an absolutely wonderful job for us," Air Academy athletic director Blue Anderson said.

Anderson noted that Mandico had hoped to give three years to Air Academy, but after two he felt that he needed to spend more time with his family. He has kids on the verge of going to college so the desire to take advantage of that time with them wouldn't allow him to be the committed coach that he knew he had to be.

In his first season with the Kadets, he took them to the Class 4A state semifinals where they dropped a 15-13 heartbreaker to eventual state champion Valor Christian.

Air Academy will now begin its search for a new coach, and any interested parties can apply at