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By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Brian Kormondy, shown here playing for the Denver Outlaws, soon will join Mullen High's Alumni Professional Hall of Honor. (Photo courtesy of Kormondy)


One of Mullen’s ever-developing historical clubs will soon grow by one member.

On Oct. 21, homecoming weekend, the Mustangs will make an addition to its Alumni Professional Hall of Honor – Brian Kormondy, a pro lacrosse player.

“I am so excited by it and appreciably humbled by the whole thing,” Kormondy said. “What they’re doing with the school is incredible.”

From the Class of 2010, Kormondy also played ice hockey as well as football as a freshman. An attackman, he was strong enough to attract college interest and landed in Delaware, where he starred for the Blue Hens. After an injury and redshirt year, he was switched to midfield to serve on the scout team, became a starter midway through the 2011 season and stayed that way.

And it got better. Delaware and Kormondy won the Colonial Conference in his redshirt year and fell to Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Hens were unable to match that team success, struggling against the likes of conference powers Hofstra and Towson State, but Kormondy twice was an all-Colonial player, was named team captain and played in the North-South All-Star Game.

Kormondy earned a degree in business and marketing before getting drafted by the Ohio Machine in Major League Lacrosse. Last year, he was picked up by the Denver Outlaws and won the championship. Then it was on to the Charlotte Hounds. Such is life for players getting bumped off MLL rosters.

Saying he’s now “in the free-agent mode,” Kormondy added that “we’ll see what happens at the back end of the season (the playoffs are in August).”

Having now understood “how difficult it is to stay on a roster” in the MLL, Kormondy is confident “I still have another year or two to give it a shot … I’ll do it for as long as I can physically.”

Currently working for a small real-estate planning firm in Littleton that designs and manages life-insurance portfolios, Kormondy eagerly awaits his induction, as does Sean Keefe, Mullen’s Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement.

"Brian's success isn't a surprise,” Keefe said. “He comes from an incredible family and has always been focused and goal-driven. What's refreshing is his lack of ego. Those of us who knew him when he was a student at Mullen remember Brian as a tremendous competitor who also understood that a life outside of athletics was just as important. His quality relationships and strong family bonds are an example of the latter." 

Interestingly, Kormondy will go into the hall a year after friend Erik Smith was inducted. Now, Smith and Kormondy will join Oliver “Bo” Scaife, ’99, football; Scott Wedman, ’70, basketball; Danielle Foxhoven, ’08, soccer; Ryan Hewitt, ’09, football; Clint Zavaras, ‘85 baseball; and Mark Holzemer, ’87, baseball.

Joining Kormondy in October will be Alex Smith, ’00, football, and Mike Trujillo, ’78, baseball.

Smith also played lacrosse professionally and he and Kormondy were tight.

“He and I met before my freshman year and he went to Air force and we both became captains,” Kormondy said of Smith, who played for Boston and Florida before also getting bumped off a roster. “He graduated ahead of me and my banner will be right next to his.”

And it will be there to perhaps inspire others.

“It’s such a huge honor and I’m excited to be able to have my picture up there and leave somewhat of a legacy,” Kormondy said. “And maybe some kid will say, ‘Hey, he went to Mullen. I can go play, live my dream and accomplish my goals. It’s both cool and humbling.”

A Mustang to A Pio

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Aaron Boyd has played other sports, yes. But none of them, in his opinion, measure up to lacrosse in any way, shape or form.  For him, it’s lacrosse first, last and forever.

“I think I like the speed of the game, you’ve got to be fast, play fast and play hard,” the recently graduated Mullen senior said. “It’s a whole different game than other sports. Growing up, I loved sports and always played baseball and stuff, but it was too slow. In lacrosse, you read and react. It’s at a good pace and it keeps you going.”  It also will keep him going to college. Boyd, a native Coloradan, will play at the University of Denver. The Pioneers will take on Maryland on Saturday in the national semifinals and they already have former Mustangs Nick Phillips and Mikey Pryor.

Call it a Mullen connection. Mustangs head coach Kevin O’Brien also played at DU, as did assistant coach Clark Woodard.  An offensive middie, Boyd has earned his chance, O’Brien said, through hard work.  “He’s skilled and was one of our leaders,” O’Brien said.

All three, O’Brien added, “have a reason they’re going there and it’s because of what they do day in, day out. They’re out there shooting before and after practice.”  Plus, O’Brien said, “their grades are great.”  He also coaches a seventh-grade team and those players would frequently ask who that guy was who was always the last one on the field. It was Boyd.

And Boyd had a plan.  “I first started playing in eighth grade and I always wanted to go to DU,” he said.

A starter for the Mustangs since late in his freshman year, Boyd had relatively modest numbers the past season with 26 goals and 11 assists. However, opposing teams knew what they had to do to stop the Mustangs, who ended 5-10, and that was to defend Boyd, so he frequently found himself in traffic late in late afternoon in Denver.

Plus, Mullen’s schedule was as good as any other team’s. It took on the likes of regular Colorado heavyweights Kent Denver, Regis Jesuit, Arapahoe, Cherry Creek, Columbine and a few out-of-staters.  It bodes well for Mullen moving forward. It lost only eight seniors and was junior-dominated. Plus, the caliber of play should only make the Mustangs better.

“Mullen has never won a state championship, but always been a top-level program,” O’Brien said. “This year, we were 5-10, but we were one of the only schools to play all of those top programs. When you play a tough schedule, I think that’s a draw. And it has been tough (with previous coaching changes) … we want to get back to where Mullen was in the 2000s and keep the coaching staff around.”

It helps developing players such as Boyd, who bought into the program and school, including with a 3.8 grade-point average.  And the next step? Phillips is seeing some minutes with the Pioneers and Pryor has played even less. It’s part of advancing in the game. Boyd says he’ll be patient.

“(DU team officials) told me I would never play (defense) and can look forward to offense,” Boyd said. “I’ll just do the best I can, try to get playing time my freshman year, but if not … so there could be some possibilities.  “I’m going to work hard and give my best.”

 

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