June 24, 2011
Three veteran coaches and an AD head off to retirement

Several long-time high school coaches/athletic directors have announced their departures.

• Mondo Alzono, who coached football, track, wrestling and skiing at one time or another at Colfax, has retired from teaching after 38 years at the foothills school. Co-coaching football with Tony Martello from 1996 to 2005, Alonzo helped the Falcons win nine league championships and three section titles.

• Tom Van Der Wende's 29-year career of coaching versatility at Oak Ridge came to a close when he stepped down as the boys volleyball coach. Van Der Wende also coached softball, football, track, girls volleyball and freshmen boys basketball at the El Dorado Hills school.

• Highly respected Kelly Mayo ended a 25-year coaching career in the Roseville Unified School District with his decision to retire as the Woodcreek baseball coach.

• Energetic Monte White, who oversaw one of the area's top athletic programs at Del Oro, has stepped down as athletic director.

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