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Mike Lapsley Has Stepped Down As Head Coach Of The Coconino Panthers Football Program

Both Coconino and Flagstaff high schools are looking for head football coaches as Mike Lapsley announced Saturday that he is stepping down as head coach of Coconino’s football program. Coconino High School officials confirmed the news Saturday morning. The Panthers finished 4-6 this past season, the first season under Lapsley where Coconino finished below .500 in a season. However, Coconino finished the season with an 82-0 win over rival Flagstaff. Lapsley told the Arizona Daily Sun, “Every year that priorities change, I find myself desperately wanting to be a better husband, father and business owner. That ultimately means less attention and energy I can give to Coconino football.” He encouraged players to stay with the program and the goals that have been set in place for the future. Coconino officials say a search for a new head coach will begin immediately. In four seasons as head coach at Coconino, Lapsley was 28-and-13 with three appearances in the 4A state playoffs.