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New CHS head volleyball coach has college-level experience

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The administration of Cleveland High School has announced that Charity Gomez is the school’s new head volleyball coach. 

The interview committee selected Gomez from a pool of eight candidates. She most recently served as the head volleyball coach at Portales High School.

The Socorro native played for the Warriors before heading to Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kan., for two years. She made All-Conference and All-Region both years.

Gomez then played two years for the Mustangs of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she made All-Conference her senior year and NSCA Strength and Conditioning All-American in 1997.

Gomez coached at New Mexico Military Institute from 2001-06.

From 2006-08, she served as the head volleyball coach at Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas. During that time, she accumulated an 81-10 record and was named District D Coach of the Year, Region V Coach of the Year and Western Junior College Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2007.

In 2007, her squad was ranked No. 1 in the nation, finishing fourth in the nation, and accumulated a 42-3 record. In 2008, Gomez accepted the position of assistant volleyball coach at SMU, before heading to Portales in 2013, as her husband was hired as a member of the Eastern New Mexico University baseball coaching staff.

She became the head volleyball coach at Portales High in 2016 and led her team to two district titles and was ranked No. 2 in 2017 and 2019.

Keep an eye out for a profile of Gomez in a future Observer.

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