ENMU hopes to fill baseball spot by June 15

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University hopes to fill its open baseball head coaching position by June 15, athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday. ENMU is looking to replace Phil Clabaugh, who resigned after 20 seasons last month and was the program’s only coach after the sport was revived at the school in 1992. […]

ENMU to interview five for women’s coaching position

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is planning five on-campus interviews seeking to fill its women’s basketball coaching position following the resignation of Linden Weese last month. ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday that the finalists are Texas Woman’s assistant coach Michael Madrid, La Cueva girls basketball coach Abbie Carlson, Texas-Arlington women’s assistant […]

Weese resigns Zias coaching position

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Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese tendered his resignation on Tuesday after five seasons at the school. The Zias finished their 2010-11 season on Saturday at 5-21 (3-11 Lone Star Conference South Division) with a 69-68 loss to rival West Texas A&M at Greyhound Arena, ENMU’s fourth one-point loss of […]

Wayland graduates 43

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico After eight years of teaching and coaching football at Clovis High School, Cal Fullerton decided to go back to school himself. Fullerton was one of 43 students graduating Friday from Wayland Baptist University. The ceremony at Central Baptist Church was the college’s 12th Clovis campus graduation. “Wayland is close,” […]

ENMU coaching candidate seeks fast tempo

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico If Richard Davis is named the next men’s basketball coach at Eastern New Mexico University, he’s letting the dogs run. The Columbus, Ohio native, and current coach at Division II St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., preached about an offensive style where the bigs run the sidelines and the […]

Coaching style one to be admired

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist “Well, I’m going to go man the suicide hotline.” And with that, one of my colleagues left The Pit’s press room. It was his last word on the Class 1A title game. Jimmy Apodaca’s final word was, “Never.” The second-year Springer coach had a lot of talking to do, both […]

It’s their job: Jacob Ward

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Name: Jacob Ward Job: Graduate assistant with the Eastern New Mexico University football team and currently coaching inside receivers. Background: Ward played college football and was an assistant at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Ward was a receiver and tight end in college before becoming an assistant. ENMU head football coach Mark Ribaudo brought him […]

ENMU hires women’s soccer coach

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has filled one of its two soccer coaching vacancies. Ray Nause, 43, was named women’s coach on Thursday to replace Travis McCorkle, who started the ENMU women’s program in 2003 and the men’s program the following year. McCorkle was hired as women’s coach at Lone […]

Former Hound coaching Charger running backs

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer With the AFC’s top two teams duking it out today, one of the NFL’s best running backs is being coached by a Greyhound. Eastern New Mexico alum Matt Simon, running backs coach for the San Diego Chargers, played linebacker for the Greyhounds before becoming a graduate assistant under then […]

Zia coaching icon enjoys retirement

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After five years of retirement, the most successful coach in Zia basketball history still feels the competitive fires within, but now the inferno burns on the golf course instead of the basketball court. Wayne Moore registered 327 wins in his 22 years coaching the Eastern New Mexico University Zias […]

Ex-PHS assistant named head coach

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Former Portales High offensive coordinator Andy Correll has been hired to be the Rams’ new head football coach. A native of Knox City, Texas, Correll was chosen from seven candidates interviewed by the school. He was the offensive coordinator at PHS from 1999-2001, under outgoing head coach Glenn Johnson. […]

ENMU’s Elliott inspired many, greatly missed

Freedom Newspapers Our region lost a good man last week. Bud Elliott, the longtime football coach at Eastern New Mexico University, died early Tuesday morning. He was 73. Memorial services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday at the Campus Union Ballroom on the ENMU campus. Elliott was one of college football’s all-time winningest coaches, compiling […]

Beloved ENMU coach Bud Elliott dies at 73

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By Kevin Wilson Harold “Bud” Elliott, the longtime football coach at Eastern New Mexico University, died Tuesday morning of heart and kidney failure in Lubbock, family members said. He was 73. Elliott was remembered by colleagues as a man with a great sense of humor, a greater sense of morals and an indescribable drive as […]

Career on the mark for ENMU coach

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor In Mark Ribaudo’s office there are several different clues to untold stories — from family newspaper clippings to thank you letters from parents to framed photos of current and former players at Eastern New Mexico University. Another story lies about 15 feet away, in an office that belonged to former […]

New ENMU coach anxious to get to work

By Dave Wagner Armando Quiroz wasn’t looking to change jobs. A month or so ago, Eastern New Mexico University wasn’t preparing to change softball coaches. The 55-year-old Quiroz, who has won three Arizona prep state championships in a four-year span at Tucson’s Flowing Wells, is ENMU’s fourth head softball coach in just over two years. […]

ENMU’s Elliott plans to retire after this year

By Dave Wagner Citing health reasons, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott plans to retire at the end of the season, bringing to an end a 37-year college career. Elliott, who will be 73 in December, said he told his team of the decision during the first week of fall practice. Elliott is […]

Former Greyhounds help coach on Ram sidelines

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By Dave_Wagner Heath Ridenour doesn’t feel out of place coaching Portales High football even though he played football for one of the Rams’ biggest rivals. The former Lovington High and Eastern New Mexico University quarterback is finishing his college degree this fall doing his student teaching at PHS — and also helping Rams coach Glenn […]

Former ENMU star coaching

By Ferron Lucero A former infielder and relief pitcher at Eastern New Mexico University, Brian Cronk turned to coaching when he was released after playing one year in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. After a year as a student assistant at Eastern, Cronk is in his fourth season as an assistant baseball coach at Clovis High. […]

Former Portales grad leads 4A Wildcats

By Kevin Wilson Thursday afternoon saw Ike Montoya doing the same thing a lot of Portales High alumni were doing in Albuquerque — watching a semifinal win by the Lady Rams. Today, though, Montoya’s at The Pit on business. Montoya, the 1982 Greatest Ram, is now calling plays for the Deming Wildcat boys team. The […]

Floyd opens with Bovin in tourney

Tony Parra The Floyd Lady Broncos continue their adjustment to a new coach in the comfort of their home today in the first game of the Floyd America Tournament. “We’re a real young team,” Floyd coach Shawn Wootton said. “It’s going to be good to have three games in your gym.” The Lady Broncos have […]