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Prep notes: Manzano names interim coach; Academy, Valencia have changes

(This story is amended from a previous version to correct the name of Valencia’s new coach.)

Manzano High School wasted no time in finding its new head football coach.

The Monarchs on Monday promoted defensive coordinator Phillip Martinez, and he will serve as Manzano’s interim coach for the 2018 season.

Martinez, who turned 29 last Saturday, takes over from Chad Adcox, who unexpectedly resigned last week following six mostly fruitful seasons with the Monarchs.

“These last six years, I’ve learned a lot from coach Adcox,” Martinez said. “It was a great opportunity for me when he became the head coach. I appreciate that he had trust in me when I was 23 years old.”

Adcox, 44, officially resigned on Friday, just five months after leading Manzano to an undefeated season and a Class 6A state championship.

“I’m going to go into the season like there’s no interim tag at all,” said Martinez, who was Adcox’s defensive coordinator each of the last six years. He is a 2007 Manzano graduate. “I want to make sure we’re impacting these students’ lives, on the field and more importantly in the classroom.”

Martinez got his start at Manzano when he was 20, under then-head coach Aaron Ocampo.

“We’re looking to build something great in 2018,” Martinez said. “We feel like we have a head start with the relationships we’ve already established.”

Other metro-area schools that have changed coaches in the offseason include Valencia and West Mesa.

MORGAN RESIGNS: Roy Morgan has been a fixture on the bench at Albuquerque Academy boys basketball games for three decades.

That era is over.

Morgan, one of the city’s most popular coaches, resigned on Friday.

“It’s time,” Morgan, 51, said Monday. He just finished his eighth season as head coach, but was an assistant for 22 years prior to that and has half a dozen championship rings with Academy.

“The grind,” Morgan said, explaining his decision. “It just gets harder to do all the time. We’ve struggled the last couple of years, and that makes it harder.”

Like Manzano’s Adcox, Morgan, who will continue on as a history teacher at the Academy, said he wants to spent more quality time with his kids.

VALENCIA COMINGS, GOINGS: The Jaguars made two announcements on Monday. The first was that Josh Mattox will take over the boys basketball program.

The second was that Joe Estrada had resigned as Valencia’s varsity girls basketball coach.

At 26, Mattox becomes one of the youngest head coaches in New Mexico. He had served as an assistant to Jake Herrin the last three seasons and is a 2010 Belen High graduate.

“I’m super excited,” Mattox said. “It’s been a dream since I was younger to eventually coach the game.”

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