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Miyamura football coach fired, arrested

John Roanhaus

The former head coach of Miyamura High School’s football program has been fired – and arrested after being accused of stealing money from one of his players.

New Mexico State Police in Gallup say they were made aware of a theft at Miyamura last Wednesday. During the investigation, they say that 42-year-old John Roanhaus – son of Hall of Fame coach Eric Roanhaus – was observed on video entering the football locker room. Roanhaus was serving as the Patriots’ head coach at the time.

And then, Roanhaus is seen on the video taking $40 from a football player’s wallet and putting it into his sock, according to the State Police.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Roanhaus on Friday, and he was arrested without incident on Saturday and booked into the McKinley County Detention Center in Gallup.

Roanhaus, who just became Miyamura’s head coach before the 2018 season, was charged with burglary, a fourth-degree felony, and larceny, which is a petty misdemeanor.

One source told the Journal that Roanhaus was fired last Thursday, when he was replaced by defensive coordinator David Foley.

Messages left by the Journal for Roanhaus were not returned. It was unknown if he had hired an attorney.

Roanhaus was 3-13 in a season-and-a-half with Miyamura. This was his first head coaching job at the high school level in New Mexico. He graduated from Clovis in 1996, where he played for his father. Foley’s first game was last Friday, a 55-14 loss to Bloomfield.

In a Journal story on Roanhaus last year, he talked about following in his father’s footsteps.

“The first thing I learned, the first thing I implemented, is that he doesn’t lie to kids,” John Roanhaus said. “He tells kids the absolute truth. He doesn’t BS the kids. And I think that really helps the kids in life. They understand exactly what needs to be done.

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