ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — He Led Vikings Football Program for 19 Seasons
For the first time since Bill Clinton was in office, Valley High School will have a new head football coach.
Vince Collins, the longest-tenured of any coach in Albuquerque Public Schools, has been relieved of his duties after 19 seasons, Collins said Tuesday.
Asked if he had resigned or if the school was going in a different direction, Collins answered: “The second one.”
The silver-haired Collins, 63, just completed his 19th season in the North Valley.
A young Vikings squad went 2-8 this season, finishing fourth in five-team District 5-5A.
Collins said his career record was 90-107 in his 19 seasons with Valley. He declined any further comment Tuesday.
Valley’s last playoff berth came in 2007. The Vikings were 6-4 that season, as well as in 2009.
The school’s best stretch of football under Collins came in the years 1998-2000.
The Vikings had an undefeated regular season in 1998 before losing 48-30 to Mayfield in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs.
The Vikes were 9-3 the following year and reached the Class 4A semifinals in 1999 and 2000. The 1999 group lost 32-28 to Goddard in the 4A semis. The next season, 2000, was New Mexico’s first with a Class 5A division.
The only other football coach in Albuquerque with more seniority than Collins entering the 2011 season was Kevin Carroll at Albuquerque Academy, who is in his 23rd season.
WEST MESA LOOKING: The Mustangs also may have a new football coach for 2012.
Felix Jamero, who served on an interim basis in 2011, will have a chance to interview for the job that already has been posted, Mustang athletic director Shonn Schroer said.
Jamero stepped in late for James Palacios, who resigned over the summer to take an administrative job in Arizona.
Jamero led the Mustangs to a 6-4 mark last season, finishing second to Highland in 5-5A.
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal