I, like most students that participated in athletics was molded and influenced by the great coaches and experiences that I had in my playing years. The lessons learned and great memories have helped me not only to be successful throughout my career but also in my personal life. It is a great honor to be able to continue the process for others that was afforded me.
I am working on my 35th year in education, 14th in Athletic Administration and 11th as Athletic Director for the El Paso Independent School District. I began my career when you met with the Athletic Director and she/he hired you and assigned you a teaching/coaching position. In those days you also started your career as a middle school coach and you were very excited to coach all sports offered. After all these years of teaching, coaching, and administration I look back at those years as some of the most enjoyable in the business and realize it was and is the best place to begin a teaching and coaching career. I firmly believe the experiences I gained by working my way up the coaching ladder prepared me for the position I have and enjoy today.
I moved from middle school to a high school assistant football and track coach at Irvin High School. In the next 14 years at Irvin High School I had the pleasure of working for two outstanding men, Tony Shaw (Head Football Coach) and Norman Phillips (Head Track Coach). During that time I also became the Head Track Coach at Irvin High School and served in that capacity until I went into campus administration. Shortly after, Elsie Partridge, Director of Athletics, gave me the opportunity to become her assistant. Upon her retirement I was promoted to Director of Athletics.
Upon becoming the Director of Athletics I took to heart the advice of surrounding yourself with great people and assembled a team of office staff that is second to none. Maria Kennedy, David Cervantes, Alfred Miranda, Carrie Pinson, Shirley Moreno and Adriana Badillo, truly exemplify the service nature of an athletic department. The coaches in our system serve the students with pride and have raised the level of play tremendously in our district. This has translated into a belief in our students that they can compete with the best in the state in all that they do. I am very proud of being a part of the El Paso Independent School District and the accomplishments that have taken place over my 35 year tenure as teacher, coach, and administrator and look forward to greater things to come. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Coaches, Teachers, Administrators, and fellow Athletic Directors for all they do for the youth of today. As they say in El Paso, “You Gotta Love It”