Cibola fires Chavez

Posted at: 12/18/2012 10:48 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

On Tuesday morning, Cibola High School fired head football coach Judge Chavez after seven years in charge.  The Cougars were 1-and-9 last season.  Chavez has been a fixture in the high school coaching community, spending 34 years coaching in Albuquerque, the last 18 as a head coach.

Cibola athletic director Gene Victor said the school was looking for a change.  "He's been a fixture here for a long time and he's put his heart and soul into this football program and it was a very difficult decision," said Victor.

Many of his coaching peers were surprised by the firing.  "It's really a sad thing because he's been more than a coach," explained Valley boys basketball coach Joe Coleman.  "He's earned the right to exit on his own because he's such a great person and so many people have benefitted by his leadership.  I will miss having him around being able to watch what he does with young people."

The school hopes to name a replacement by February 1.