By Tony A. Archuleta
Robert Haro will get a seventh year coaching Hot Springs varsity volleyball after all, albeit two seasons after his original request.
Haro, who coached the Tigers for six seasons from 2004 to 2009, has been re-hired as head coach for the 2012 campaign.
“Funny how things turn around,” Haro said. “I was just about to throw out all my volleyball stuff, too – jerseys, notes – but something told me to hold on to them one more year.”
Following the dismissal of his two-year successor, Brandi Cox, and the surprisingly quick resignation of her replacement, Steve Baker, Haro returns to take over a program that went 3-17 last year under Cox.
Cox, an HSHS volleyball standout in the 1990s, also failed to record a District 3-3A win in her final year, going 0-9 in league play.
During last winter’s volleyball banquet, however, Cox said she was looking forward to a third season to put her own stamp on the program. It’s widely acknowledged that any coach at any level needs at least three years to build a program.
Athletic Director Craig Cummins (now the interim superintendent) didn’t think so, declining to renew Cox’s contract shortly after his hiring last January (although he did invite her to re-apply for the position).
It was former AD Ted Graham who didn’t think HARO deserved a SEVENTH season when he replaced him with Cox in 2010.
Haro wanted to coach one more year for at least two reasons: he wanted to see his senior players through their final season, and he thought he had the talent level to finally make a another post-season breakthrough.
TorC Schools Superintendent Tom Burris introduced Daniel Terrazas as the new Hot Springs varsity football head coach during Thursday’s, May 10, Board of Education meeting.
Terrazas was named Tiger football head coach following an interview earlier in the day before a selection committee led by Athletic Director Craig Cummins.
An English teacher at HSHS, Terrazas succeeds legendary Tiger football head coach Travis Lee, who resigned last spring to take on an assistant coaching position at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.
During an impromptu speech following the superintendent’s announcement, Terrazas said, “I would like to thank the selection committee for giving me the opportunity, something that I’ve wanted since I was 15 years old.”
Terrazas is a 1988 HSHS graduate and four-year varsity football letterman who graduated from Western New Mexico University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a minor in English.
As a Tiger football player, he played wide receiver and quarterback on offense, and linebacker on defense.
He becomes the first HSHS alumnus to be named Tiger football head coach.
Terrazas, 42, has been serving as an assistant HSHS football coach for 18 years – the last 12 years as defensive coordinator. He initially joined the Tiger coaching ranks as a volunteer.
Returning with Terrazas for the 2012 football campaign this fall will be longtime assistant coaches Chris Pape, Tyson Rush and Anthony Flores.
Burris also announced that Charles Donohoe of Corsicana, Texas, has been hired as the new Hot Springs varsity girls’ basketball head coach.
Erica Baker of Truth or Consequences (no relation to Steve Baker) has been named the assistant volleyball coach at HSHS, according to Burris.
Both Steve Baker and Donohoe will also work for the district as part of the certified staff.
In volleyball, Baker, 61, succeeds two-year head coach Brandi Cox whose contract was not renewed by Athletic Director Craig Cummins.
A veteran girls basketball, golf, cross-country, softball and volleyball coach, Baker retired from the United States Navy as a hospital chief corpsman after 27 years service. He got his basketball coaching start in the Navy at age 18.
Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational education from Waylon Baptist. He also holds a master’s degree in theology.
He has taught and coached in school districts in Texas and New Mexico, including Ruidoso, Mescalero and Vaughn.
Baker has served as head volleyball coach at Vaughn the last two seasons, going 2-14 in his first season, but winning the district tournament and making the state tournament cut, falling to eventual small school champion Elida.
Last season (2011), Vaughn’s team went 10-10 and missed the state tourney.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Baker, during a telephone interview Monday, said of his new title as Tiger volleyball head coach. “One of the things I said in the interview, I’ll see where we are at and go from there. The goal is always to win the blue trophy at the end of the year.”
Baker said he’ll likely go with a 5-1 offense, which emphasis quick attacks.
He originally hails from Odessa Permian, Texas.
In girls’ basketball, Donohoe, 59, replaces interim head coach Patsy Atwood, who led the Lady Tigers following the January dismissal of fourth-year head coach Walt Sanchez due to credentialing issues with the state Public Education Department.
Donohoe currently teaches and coaches volleyball, girls’ basketball, and boys’ and girls’ golf at Dawson Independent School District, about 20 miles west of Corsicana.
He has 25 years coaching experience as a girls’ basketball head coach (450 career wins) and 15 years as a head volleyball coach.
“My (coaching) career has been basically taking over programs and building them up to championship form,” Donohoe said during a telephone interview Monday.
“On offense, we will try to push the ball as hard as possible,” he said. “On defense, I’m planning on using speed, quickness and size we have for a pressing defense. I’m more of a zone guy than man-to-man, but I understand you’ve got to have both.”
Donohoe hails from Mount Pleasant, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in all level health physical education from Angelo State University with a minor in biology.