Friday, July 1, 2005
Ex-La Cueva Runner Clark Is Returning as a Head Coach
By Ken Sickenger
Journal Staff Writer
It's an offseason of musical chairs for prep cross-country coaches in Albuquerque.
Two seats have been filled but others remain open.
Travis Clark is among those switching chairs. Clark resigned as Eldorado's boys track and cross-country coach Thursday to accept a similar spot at La Cueva.
Clark, a 1998 La Cueva grad, will be head cross-country coach and an assistant boys track coach working with distance runners for the Bears.
"It's a chance to go back home," said Clark, who spent three years at Eldorado. "I was lucky enough to win some championships at La Cueva, and I hope to be part of that again."
In addition to running for state-championship track and cross-country teams at La Cueva, Clark competed in both sports at UNM.
"La Cueva's had a good cross-country program the last few years, but I think there's room for growth," Clark said. "I saw they had about 70 athletes last year. We had 150 when I went to school there. I'd like to see those type of numbers again."
Albuquerque Academy also has a new girls cross-country coach. Brantley Lutz replaces Sheryl Clemmer, who will remain at the school as a teacher and track coach but needed more time for her family, athletic director Taryn Bachis said.
At least three local schools still have cross-country positions open. Valley and Sandia already have begun the hiring process and could name new coaches soon.
Eldorado is seeking a head cross-country coach. Applicants should have experience as a competitive runner or coach. Letters of interest and résumés should be sent to principal Yvonne Parillo. For more information call 296-4871 ext. 229 or 210.
VALLEY: Bob Moore, who retired after more than 20 years of coaching volleyball in California, will coach both volleyball and golf for the Vikings. John Hoffman resigned as Valley's volleyball coach after last season, citing increased work commitments.
SOCORRO: Socorro is seeking a girls soccer coach. Those interested should call athletic director Randy Valles at 835-0700.