ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For Rod Williams, the time was right.
After half a dozen years on Volcano Vista’s staff, the 34-year-old Williams is finally stepping out on his own, as he will become Cibola’s new head coach.
“I’ve been in coaching for the last 11 years, and I’ve been with some good programs, but in order to make my own mark,” Williams said, “I needed to be in charge of my own program.”
Williams, Volcano Vista’s offensive coordinator, replaces Judge Chavez, who was fired after last season’s 1-9 record. Chavez had been with the Cougars for seven seasons.
Ironically, the opening of Volcano Vista a few years ago is one of the contributing factors for Cibola’s struggles.
“In general, it has some tradition, but I feel like at times some of that tradition has lost some of its shine, like when Rio Rancho opened up, and when Volcano Vista opened up,” Williams said.
But, he added, he said he felt Cibola had a solid pipeline of talent filtering its way through the system and thought the Cougars would have brighter days ahead.
Williams played tight end and defensive end at Del Norte. He later played cornerback at New Mexico Highlands.
He is a Highlands graduate and said he hopes to get his master’s degree in sports administration from NMHU in July.
Cibola athletic director Gene Victor said the school had 21 applicants, and interviewed seven finalists, including Grants’ Dale Hooper, who took the job at Alamogordo.
n Albuquerque High extended its application process and the Bulldogs are not likely to have a new coach for another week or two, AD Doug Dorame said.
n La Cueva will be accepting applications for its opening until Friday.
Those interested need to complete the application form on the Albuquerque Public Schools website and submit a letter of interest and a résumé to La Cueva AD Larry Waters at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to La Cueva.