Robert Riggins

Robert Riggins returns to Pojoaque after last coaching the Elks' baseball team in 2013 and 2014. 

Former Pojoaque Valley High School baseball coach, Robert Riggins, was hired to return to lead the Elks in 2019.

Riggins, who was last with Pojoaque in 2013 and 2014, was introduced as the new baseball coach, Tuesday night, inside the school library.

His latest stop was with Lovington High School, where he accumulated a 10-48 record over three years, from 2016-18.

Riggins has 13 years of experience, including stints at Clovis High School and Atrisco Heritage Academy as a pitching coach. He also held head coaching duties at Los Lunas High School.

He’s excited for his return to the Pojoaque Valley, which is bound to be less stressful this time around.

“Last time I had to commute about 70 miles from Rio Rancho,” Riggins said. “I had to wake up at 3:30 a.m. just to make it to school on time. That got old and I couldn’t spend as much time with family.”

A native of New Mexico, Riggins played high school baseball at Clovis and one year at Eastern New Mexico University before being diagnosed with two heart conditions.

Riggins said that during his two, prior years at Pojoaque, the teams there were the favorites of his career.

“I enjoyed the kids and this community,” he said. “The first reason I wanted to come back was the kids. They were so easy to work with and always hard-working and competitive.”

Riggins replaces Rick Jaramillo, who was put on administrative leave April 16, due to a school district investigation.

Jaramillo leaves after one year as head coach and another as co-head coach with Robert Mueller in 2017.

Riggins hopes for more success in his second go-round after winning just 13 games during his two previous years at Pojoaque.

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