Calladine hired to be GJ’s lacrosse coach

Camille Calladine decided to forgo her senior year of college eligibility, but wanted to stay involved in lacrosse.

The Colorado Mesa University undergraduate student looked into becoming an assistant coach and ended up landing the head coaching job at Grand Junction High School.

Calladine was hired Wednesday to coach the Grand Junction girls lacrosse cooperative team. The team is comprised of athletes from Grand Junction, Central and Palisade high schools.

“I definitely needed lacrosse,” Calladine said. “I called the high school to see if they had an opening and sure enough they did.

“I contacted (former head coach Kathaleen Recker) about being an assistant. That’s when she told me she wasn’t coaching any more. I thought I might as well go big.”

Calladine is from Riverton, Utah, in the Salt Lake City metro area and played high school lacrosse at Juan Diego High School in Draper. After graduation, she was an assistant coach at Juan Diego for two years, then was the head coach in 2010. Lacrosse is not a sanctioned sport with the Utah High School Activities Association.

Calladine came to Grand Junction to study and play lacrosse at Colorado Mesa, which started its program last year.

“I know (the Tigers) were really good,” Calladine said. “I was so busy with my season I didn’t follow them much, but I heard great things.”

Recker was the only coach in the two-year history of Grand Junction’s program, going 24-4.

Grand Junction won the Mountain League title and qualified for the Class 5A playoffs last spring. The Tigers lost in the first round to Douglas County and finished 14-2.

Recker was the league’s coach of the year.

Recker led Grand Junction to a 10-2 record in the program’s first year in the spring of 2010, but didn’t qualify for the playoffs.


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