Los Lunas High School hired a new football coach Friday who has extensive background on Valencia County in general and the Tigers’ program in particular.
Except now, Greg Henington will be on the inside at Los Lunas.
The former Belen High head coach has been chosen to take over at Los Lunas, which went 3-0 this spring and played in both the 2018 and 2019 Class 5A state championship game.
“I’m familiar with them, their success,” Henington said. “I have to step in and do whatever I can to help take it one step further.”
Henington, 42, coached the Eagles from 2016-2018, going 27-9 over those three seasons. Belen reached the state championship game in 2017.
He resigned in March 2019 and became Charlie Dotson’s offensive coordinator at Eldorado, a position he filled the last two seasons.
He takes over Los Lunas from Jeremy Maupin, who recently left to go home and coach Artesia.
“The school district definitely has all the ingredients,” Henington said. “They have a ton of numbers, and a lot of desire to play football. They had a huge amount of success with coach Maupin, and they have an administration that really wants to win.
“Also, I did have a huge itch to get back. I wanted to get back into head coaching bad. Deep down, I feel like that is what I was born to do. It’s gonna be awesome, I can’t wait.”
Henington — who was one of five fanalists interviewed earlier this week — will also teach at Los Lunas, although he will complete the current school year at Eldorado, which is almost over.
Henington also has coached at Valencia (2006), and was on Mayfield’s coaching staff, largely as offensive coordinator, between 2007 and 2015, before Belen hired him early in 2016. He also is a former assistant football coach at New Mexico Highlands.
As he returns to Valencia County, the expectations — and standards, Henington added — will be high.
“Even though there’s a different guy, the goal is still the same,” Henington said. “That’s the blue trophy. And that’s what we’re after.”