ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Abe Hernandez, who was the New Mexico Stars’ general manager last season during the franchise’s rise from a 2-12 mark in 2011 to 6-6 last season, is no longer with the Rio Rancho-based pro indoor football team.
“I think it was pretty much mutual,” new team co-owner Paul Parsons said Wednesday of the decision. “He wanted to go, and we’re moving in a different direction. He’s probably more old-school, and me and the other owners are pretty young, in our 30s, so sometimes our energies didn’t match.
“But he was really good. We didn’t have any complaints at all.”
In was only a little more than three months ago that Hernandez hired new head coach Dominic Bramante, who is the first Native American head coach in pro indoor football history.
“When he gave me the call (Monday) to say he was leaving, I was a little surprised,” Bramante said of Hernandez. “The only way I can look at it is that it doesn’t affect the football side of things, only the business side. We’re still full speed ahead.”
Parsons, of Rio Rancho, said the team is not in a hurry to hire another GM.
“Right now I think we’re pretty good – we just hired three new sales people, and financially we’ve already collected more in sponsorships than all of last year,” Parsons said. “Coach already is doing the football operations.”