EVHS Football Coach Resigns: Confusion in Espanola School District As Super & Two Coaches Out

by Staff Reporter / Apr 07, 2016 / comments
Coach Miguel Medina talking with a player during the Sundevils game with West Last Vegas last September. Valley Daily Post photo

EVHS Football Coach Resigns:

Confusion in Espanola School District As Super & Two Coaches Out

Staff Report

Former Superintendent of Española Public Schools, Bobbie Gutierrez, handed in her resignation to the Española School Board at their April 6 regularly scheduled meeting, just hours after she terminated the employment of Espanola Valley High School (EVHS) championship winning basketball coach, Richard Martinez. 

Less than one day later the EVHS football coach Miguel Medina, who led the Sundevils to the District Championship last fall also resigned in an apparent protest to what some community members are calling a forced resignation of the Superintendent. Medina, who was named the NMAA’s 2015 5A Football Coach Of The Year after leading the school to a 9-2 season, could not be reached for comment prior to publication but EVHS Athletic Director Eric Vigil confirmed Medina resigned Thursday and that the school would begin a search for a new head football coach as soon as possible.

During the public comment session at the Wednesday, April 6 Board meeting numerous people spoke on behalf of Coach Richard Martinez including Coach Medina, who drew applause when he mentioned the school’s District Champion football team and told the crowd that he resisted efforts to pit him against Coach Martinez. At the same meeting Media also joined with supporters of Superintendent Gutierrez and held up a sign to Board members which implied he would resign if Gutierrez was forced out.

After the board executive session that lasted over an hour, reconvened, sans Gutierrez, President Pablo Lujan entertained a motion to accept the resignation of Gutierrez.  Board members Yolanda Salazar and Ruben Archuleta voted no not to accept the resignation, board members Annabelle Ortiz-Almager and Lucas Fresquez voted yes to accept and board President, Pablo Lujan broke the tie with a yes vote.

Newly appointed Interim Superintendant, Myra Martinez, was unavailable Thursday, April 7, but the district’s Human Resource Officer and Records Custodian, Crystal Garcia, confirmed that former Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez terminated Richard Martinez at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, April 6.