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6:55am — Silver High Football Coach Steps Down

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After six years at the helm of the Fighting Colts, Carrillo remains school’s athletics director.

David Carrillo, who brought a Class 4A state championship to Silver City four years ago, is stepping down after six seasons as head coach of the Fighting Colts, the Silver City Sun-News reported.

Carrillo, who has served as both head football coach and athletics director at Silver High School, said he wanted to devote more attention to his administrative duties, the Sun-News said.

After a losing season in his first year as head coach, Carrillo went on to rack up a 53-21 record at Silver High, leading the school to its first state title in 2005, as well as a state championship game and second-place finish in 2004, the paper reported.

Silver also made it to the semifinals in 2006 and made the playoffs in the past two seasons, before falling in the quarterfinals, the Sun-News said.

“Since our first 4-6 season, I think we have made a lot of improvement to this football program,” Carrillo told the Sun-News. “When I took it over, it was struggling. We have taken it from there to one of the best in the state.”

Carrillo said the position is open and there already have been a couple of “biters,” the paper reported.

“We hope to have the position filled within the month,” said Carrillo. “There is a lot of work that goes into being the head coach at Silver High. Preparations have to begin now for next season.”

Carrillo said he wanted to thank “all of the kids for their dedication and hard work,” the Sun-News said.