By Melanie Dabovich-Roberts
Special to the PNT
Bob Dabovich of Raton, a former Elida coach, will be inducted Thursday into New Mexico Highlands University’s H-Club Hall of Honor
Dabovich, who played college basketball and baseball at NMHU in the mid-1960s to early 70s, is one of six former student-athletes who will be honored by the university in October. The inductees were chosen based on their past collegiate athletic career and achievements as well as their accomplishments and civic efforts outside of sports, said Henry Sanchez, vice president of NMHU’s H-Club.
“On the overall merits, Bob rated right up there,” said Sanchez, who noted that Dabovich was a member of a national championship baseball team and an All-Conference basketball player while at NMHU.
Dabovich attended NMHU from 1966-1971 on a basketball and baseball scholarship.
A four-year starter, Dabovich led the Cowboys in scoring his senior season, averaging 18 points per game. He was the second-leading scorer with 15 points his junior year and led the team in rebounding with 184 rebounds for the season.
Playing first baseman on NMHU’s baseball team from 1967-1968, Dabovich was a member of the Cowboys squad that won the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics World Series Championship in 1967.
Dabovich, a 1966 graduate of Raton High School, said he is honored to be acknowledged by his alma mater for his achievements in sports.
“Being inducted into the Hall of Honor means so much to me. Sports have always been a big part of my life, so to receive this honor is just a wonderful feeling and a blessing,” Dabovich said.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Highlands in 1971, Dabovich embarked on a coaching and teaching career that spans more than three decades in several New Mexico communities including Elida, Raton, Las Vegas, Tucumcari, Des Moines, Mosquero and Maxwell.
In 2003, Dabovich was selected to coach the North Class 3A girl’s basketball team in the first North-South All-Stars game, held at NMHU. He currently teaches at Raton’s Mesa View Alternative School.
The induction ceremony and banquet is scheduled for 5 p.m. today (Thursday, Sept. 30) at the NMHU Ballroom on the college’s campus. The inductees will also be introduced at halftime during NMHU’s homecoming football game against Western State Colorado on Saturday.