Victor Blue Devils boys lacrosse head coach Jim Andre is reportedly stepping down. Under Coach Andre the program captured state titles in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 and won six Section V titles including two consecutive undefeated seasons.
Andre told WHAM that this decision to step down is a decision for his family, and that he is looking forward to cheering on his own kids in their lacrosse pursuits.
News that Coach Andre has stepped down from his head coach role is a huge loss for Victor lax. A great coach, a mentor, and a leader that genuinely cared for all his players; Not to mention a 4-time state champion and a 50 game win streak. Coach, thank you, you will be missed! pic.twitter.com/uq21Kp2EuT
— Victor Lacrosse (@VictorLacrosse) December 26, 2020
The Victor Central School District posted the following statement on their website Sunday:
After considerable thought, Coach Jim Andre has decided to step away from the Boys Lacrosse Head Coach position after seven years at the helm to dedicate more time to his family. Although we thank him for the state titles, sectional championships, and numerous opportunities he opened up for our student athletes, his greatest contribution is the individual relationships he built with his players that went far beyond how they did on the lacrosse field. We want to publicly thank Jim for all his hard work, dedication, compassion, enthusiasm and personal sacrifice for Victor Lacrosse – the program is in a better place today than ever before! We are eternally grateful!
Over the next two months, the Victor Athletic Department will be conducting an extensive search for our new head coach, including an interview committee composed of Student Athletes, Coaches, Administrators and Community Members. We will update the community as needed.
Yesterday, Jim Andre stepped down as the head coach of @VictorLacrosse.
Andre led the Blue Devils to 6 straight Section V titles and 4 @NYSPHSAA championships, but says the moments that 'filled his tank' were the ones people didn't see & never made it to the nightly sportscasts. pic.twitter.com/vtmM4gUXK2
— Dan Fetes (@danfetes) December 28, 2020