New Trinidad High School Football Coach Quits

The Trinidad Board of Education was expecting to hire some new coaches for the 2017-2018 school year at their Tuesday, June 13, Special Meeting, but they didn't expect that their newly hired football coach, Robert Armijo, would suddenly submit his resignation from the job he had held for just under one week.

Armijo's announcement to the Board came without any real explanation, according to an e-mail from Superintendent Scott Mader.

Armijo also had little to say about his resignation during a Wednesday phone call.

"All I can say is that I very quickly realized that this position was not a good fit for me," Armijo said. "I am hoping to find a position, at some level, within the Raton school district."

Armijo's resignation leaves the district searching for yet another new football coach to succeed retired football coach Randy Begano, and, since Armijo was also going to teach a first-grade class at Eckhart Elementary School in the next school year, the district will also need to hire a new first-grade teacher.

Armijo had expressed great enthusiasm about being the next Trinidad Mighty Miners football coach in a Thursday, June 8, interview after he was hired.

The Board also approved the hiring of several new coaches at Trinidad High School during a special meeting of the Board on Tuesday, June 13. Superintendent Scott Mader released the names of the coaches in a Tuesday e-mail.

Ipek Turkyilmaz will be the new Head Girls Basketball, while David Harnish will be the new Head Boys Basketball Coach.  Ernest Bain will be the new Head Baseball Coach, while Adam Ortivez was named the new Head Wrestling Coach.

Also, the Board named Ramon Zamora as the district's new Lead Bus Driver.

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