By Eric Norwood Jr.
PNT staff writer
Eastern New Mexico University has a new skipper in David Gomez, but he isn’t new to the area. Gomez played and coached at New Mexico Military Institute, and received a master’s degree in sports administration from New Mexico Highlands University.
Gomez returns to New Mexico after stints playing and coaching in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and even France. The Louisiana native was an assistant coach at Division I Alcorn State University at his last job, and will now look to bring success to Greyhound baseball in his first head coaching position.
When did you first decide you wanted to coach baseball?
My last year playing at Southern University. I realized that I wasn’t ready to leave the game. After I graduated, I got a great opportunity at NMMI, and I had to take it.
It seems you have built strong ties with New Mexico after attending and coaching at NMMI and attending NM Highlands. What do you like the most about the New Mexico?
I love the Gulf Coast very much, but it’s a different kind of beautiful out here. The mountains, the open space, but most of all the people of New Mexico keep me coming back.
What are the team goals for this upcoming season?
Our main objectives this season are to have our pitching control the game, be productive offensively, make the conference tournament, and hopefully challenge for a conference title.
Who do you have in the World Series?
I’m a big Oakland A’s fan, but it’s going to be tough for anyone to take down the Dodgers.
How was your experience coaching the French National Baseball Team?
Jeff Zeilstra the French Manager gave me a great opportunity to be apart of the European Qualifier in 2007. It was an amazing experience to be able to watch teams represent their countries. I also got to see Barcelona which was the location that year.
It’s the bottom of the ninth, two outs, two on, down by two. Which current Major League Baseball player do you want at bat for you?
Miguel Cabrera, all day.
What are you looking forward to the most this season?
I’m look forward to the point in the season when everything comes together, and our players reach that next level of play.
You have experience coaching and playing at the Division I level. Is there a big difference in competition?
Just based on my limited knowledge of all Division II programs, I would have to say depth, primarily pitching depth.
You’re from Louisiana so I’ve got to ask. What kind of Po’ Boy do you like?
Oyster Po’ Boys, all day.