AURORA | Patrick Chapla returns to the city as the new head coach of the Grandview boys lacrosse team.
A former standout player with Smoky Hill High School in the mid-2000s, Chapla leaves his post as an assistant coach at Mountain Vista High School to take over the job vacated by Nate Mueller. Grandview went 6-9 in the spring and missed making the state playoffs.
“We are excited to add his passion, experience, and love of the game to our program,” Grandview athletic director Jamee Ulitzky said in a statement.
Chapla — who went to Goucher College in Towson, Maryland — also coaches with the 3D club lacrosse team.
As a senior at Smoky Hill in 2005, Chapla racked up 40 goals and 25 assists to help Smoky Hill to a state playoff appearance. He made the Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Lacrosse first team that season, his second straight after scoring an Aurora-best 52 points (36 goals, 16 assists) as a junior.
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