Family first: Recker resigns as GJ lacrosse coach
Kathaleen Recker didn’t have much of a choice.
The Grand Junction High School girls lacrosse coach resigned last week, but only because she needed to for family reasons.
Her husband received a sales manager job with a software company that will require him to travel. Although they are not moving out of town, Recker resigned to be home and care for their two daughters, ages 6 and 8.
“It wasn’t easy,” Recker said. “I’m so going to miss the team. The girls are amazing. That’s the hard part leaving them.”
Recker was the only coach in the two-year history of the program and was 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.
“We had a great team last spring,” she said. “Even with the loss of the seniors, there is still a lot of talent on that team. Maybe they can go further.”
Recker led Grand Junction to a 10-2 record in the program’s first year in 2010, but didn’t qualify for the playoffs that spring.
“When I first met the girls two years ago I asked them what they wanted and they wanted to go to state,” she said. “I’m glad I was able to help them do that.”