It’s not often that a high school coach stays with a program long enough to reach 200 wins.
Last week against Dakota Ridge, Monarch boys lacrosse head coach David Auday joined Colorado prep lacrosse royalty when the Coyotes won 15-3 to get him across that threshold. It only took him 18 1/2 years to get to 200.
“It just reminds me of all the great kids that I was able to coach,” Auday said. “It’s just a great staff. It brings back real, real happy memories of being able to work with kids. We started in 2002.”
Auday became just the fourth boys lacrosse coach in Colorado history to achieve the feat. The closest coach behind him sits at 136 career wins.
Throughout nearly 19 full seasons — since the program’s inception — the Coyotes enjoyed a winning record in all but one. The 2003 season, just one year after the team was created, saw a losing record.
In that time frame, the Coyotes have made the state playoffs 13 times. They have not, however, been able to win a state championship, but that’s next on Auday’s to-do list.
He said he owes it all to the players that he’s siphoned through his program as well as the coaches who have been with him for the long haul.
“It speaks to the great players that we’ve been able to get at Monarch and we’ve had a really stable coaching staff,” he said. “I think it’s having the stability of great coaches that I’ve been blessed to have, great players and just working for a great school district, Boulder Valley School District.”
So far in this shortened 2021 season, the Coyotes are enjoying a 6-1 record and were ranked No. 11 in last week’s CHSAANow.com Class 5A poll. With just three games left in the regular season, Monarch is eyeing a postseason spot with a No. 9 RPI.