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Pojoaque Valley High School remains on the hunt for a new athletic director.

Current athletic director Elvira Crockett announced her retirement in January after two years with the district. She had planned to retire at the end of the school year, but is still currently listed as the school’s athletic director.

Pojoaque superintendent Sondra Adams wrote in an email June 12 that interviews had been completed and they were hoping to make an announcement that week, but none came. Adams did not answer a phone call at a scheduled time.

A Facebook post from board member Adam Muller on June 22 continued to advertise the open position.

Applicants for the position as of June 21 included:

  • Javier Cardenas, a coordinator for Eagle Pass High School west of San Antonio, Texas.
  • Troy Hudson, a former assistant principal at Goddard High School in Roswell and men’s basketball coach for Western New Mexico University.
  • Tarik Embrack, a physical education teacher and assistant football coach at Gallup High School.
  • Robert Mata, a teacher in Belen and former athletic director at Crownpoint High School and Mesa Vista High School.
  • Kelly Horn, the GEAR UP director for the Española School District and former director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at Pojoaque, whose application lists an “insatiable desire to return to Pojoaque.”
  • John Tullius, currently the athletic director and assistant principal at Chaparral High School on the southern border of New Mexico next to El Paso.
  • Jeremy Wooten, the current athletic director and football coach for Paint Rock School District in central Texas.
  • John Props, a longtime teacher and administrator at many New Mexico schools including Chama Middle School and Melrose School District.
  • Guy Meyer, a St. Michael’s graduate and the current athletic director for Cochise College in Southeast Arizona, and a former assistant coach for the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team.
  • Michael Stovall, a former principal at the Hondo School District.
  • Gary Halbert Lamar, a former athletic director at multiple schools in Texas and Arkansas.
  • Luis Angel Melendez, an athletic director at Rifle Middle School in Western Colorado.
  • Randy Gutierrez, an assistant principal and special education administrator at Española Public Schools.
  • Joey Trujillo, currently the head basketball coach at Española Valley High School and a former Pojoaque basketball coach, who submitted a letter expressing interest in February, before the Española Valley job was open.
  • John Michael Brooks, a former teacher at Española Valley High School.
  • Michael Crabtree, the principal and special programs coordinator at Alamogordo Public Schools.

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