via the Orlando Sentinel, photo from Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda / Orlando Sentinel
Lake Highland Prep head coach Chris Spaulding has resigned for family reasons, will relocate to upstate NY.
Lake Highland Prep is losing the only boys lacrosse coach who has four FHSAA state championships on his resume.
Chris Spaulding, who compiled a 176-46 record over 10 years at Lake Highland, is moving his family back to upstate New York and taking a job with an insurance firm in Elmira, which is next door to his hometown of Horseheads.
“Our third child is on the way,” Spaulding said on Saturday. “This is a good opportunity to go back to the area where we’re from and be close to my parents and to my wife’s parents.”
Jeff Vander Meulen, a former Colgate University standout who was the top assistant for Lake Highland’s past 11 seasons of lacrosse, has been named new head coach.
Spaulding took over a one-year-old LHP program and constructed a dynasty. He led the Highlanders to the final four in each of the past nine seasons, with four titles and three runner-up finishes.
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