CSU Coach Flip Naumburg Taking Leave of Absence


CSU Coach Flip Naumburg Taking Leave of AbsenceWord has spread that Colorado State’s Flip Naumburg is taking a leave of absence for at least the next month. Naumburg has been the Rams’ Head Coach since 1997, gathering a 78.9% win percentage and leading the team to 4 MCLA National Championships.

Yesterday, a press release from the Colorado State program expressed the following:

Fort Collins, CO (2/25/09) – Shortly after the Colorado State men’s lacrosse team returned from a road trip to San Luis Obispo, California, head coach Flip Naumburg decided to take a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons starting immediately for a time period of at least one month. This came as a shock to the Rams lacrosse team when they first heard the news as they gathered at the Edge indoor facility for a pivotal practice two days after their first loss of the season to Cal Poly.

Shortly after the announcement, assistant coach Alex Smith said, “We appreciate everyone’s concern and understanding that this matter is a personal issue. If and when Coach Naumburg wishes to release a statement specifically addressing his leave, he will upon his return.”

The exact time period of his absence is unknown, but according to Smith, “we anticipate that Flip will be back with us at the end of March ready to help us in our stretch run to the postseason. Our team will be tested, but we feel confident in our ability to rise to the challenge and do him proud until he gets back.”

In Naumburg’s absence, Smith and fellow assistant coach Kale Nelson will step in as interim coaches. Both have played for Coach Naumburg in their days as Colorado State University students, in addition to coaching by his side for a number of years.

For the rest of the release, head over to CollegeLAX.

Colorado State lost to Cal Poly last Saturday 11-9

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