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7:05am — Silver High Hires New Head Football Coach

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Butch Branson replaces longtime head coach David Carrillo, who is school’s new principal.

Butch Branson, who was Grants High School’s football coach leading the Pirates to a 2-8 record last season, has been named Silver High School’s new head football coach, replacing longtime coach David Carrillo who has been named principal, the Silver City Sun-News reported.

“On the bright side, that was the best record Grants has seen in the past three years,” Branson told the Sun-News. “I have always been the fix-it guy, and coming to Silver City is going to be a different challenge and opportunity for me.”

Silver High finished last season as District 3-4A champs but fell to Belen in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state tournament, the Sun-News said.

Branson is no stranger to Silver City, having attended Western New Mexico University where he worked as an assistant coach for the WNMU football program under Bernie Busken in 2007, working with running backs and return coach on special teams, the paper reported.

“I fell in love with Silver City a long time ago,” Branson told the Sun-News. “I am aware of the tradition that Silver High has in football, and I am really excited to be given this opportunity. I have so many friends and support in the area, I feel this is a unique opportunity for me to come and coach at Silver High.”

[The name of the university in Silver City has been corrected in this story.]