Highlights from the Panthers' 16-8 win over York Catholic. (Teddy Feinberg/


After 13 years, Tom Mayne knew it was time. 

The head boys’ lacrosse coach at Central York High School, who guided the Panthers this year to an undefeated YAIAA record and a semifinal appearance in the District 3 Class 3A tournament, will not return next season. Mayne said he would like to spend more time with his family.

“It’s a personal decision,” Mayne said. “My motivation level maybe isn’t as high anymore. And I don’t want to do anything if I’m not doing it 100 percent.”

Mayne has been a key member in the York County lacrosse community for some time. He was president and athletic director of the Central York Lacrosse Club, he became head coach at Central York Middle School, and then he was an assistant coach at the high school before moving into the head coaching role four years ago. 

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During that time the Panthers compiled a 49-23 record and were consistently at or near the top of the YAIAA standings. This past year Central York went 18-3, won a YAIAA championship and grabbed a 10-9 win over Hempfield in the District 3 Class 3A tournament. 

Mayne said highlights of his tenure include the team's postseason appearances, sending players to the college level and relationships he's developed over the years with his players.

But Mayne also said he wants to spend more time with his wife of 25 years, and with his two sons who attend Liberty University.

Mayne, a former Navy pilot, is currently a captain with Southwest Airlines. His job, along with his coaching responsibilities, didn't allow for much schedule flexibility or personal time.

"I haven't had a vacation in years," Mayne said. "I used my vacation weeks to coach, and I've been doing that for what feels like forever."

Mayne said getting the Panthers to a district semifinal was a thrill, and he believes the infrastructure is in place for the team to continue building off that success. 

"I will be the first person to cheer them on," Mayne said. "I'm satisfied, I'm excited."

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