What could be the most important coaching hire in the history of the Rio Rancho High School football program could occur by the end of next week.
Rams athletic director Vince Metzgar said there were 21 applicants to fill the vacancy created when David Howes resigned to join the staff at the University of New Mexico to coach linebackers.
Rio Rancho will interview seven finalists over three days next week, starting Wednesday and concluding Friday. Metzgar said the school hopes to make an offer to their top candidate by Friday.
The Rams in late November lost the Class 5A state football title to rival Cleveland, 48-40, and the new coach will be tasked, in part, with maintaining Rio Rancho’s momentum from the 2019 season.