School Board Honors EVHS Football Team & Coach
By TARIN NIX
Valley Daily Post
Maybe it was the holiday season or the fact that the Espanola Valley High School Sundevil football team gave the Valley something extra to celebrate this year but one thing was for sure, there was a little extra love during the Española School Board meeting Wednesday night.
Coaches, football players, family, and friends joined the School Board in honoring Coach Miguel Medina and the District Champs EVHS football team. It was an emotional outpouring from staff and board members, as they reflected on a long, hard fought battle to bring the first football title in the Valley’s history.
Coach Medina’s supporters attended Wednesday’s School Board meeting. Valley Daily Post image
Medina had a lot to be thankful for and expressed overwhelming gratitude to his coaching staff. Much of his praise focused on those who helped his vision come to light. He recalled, “four years ago, when I got the job, there were a lot of people who stood behind us and supported what we needed to do. It was a humbling experience, you dream about it and then it finally happens, it’s proof of what hard work does. I tell my players, success is a by product of hard work. The summers, the sacrifices really made a difference.”
It was this support and sacrifices made by the parents, Medina notes that made a winning season a reality. He went on to express that, “this is just a start of something that will continue. I’m not going anywhere and these coaches are already back, getting ready for next year.”
School Board members Annabelle Almager and Pablo Lujan at Wednesday’s meeting. Valley Daily Post photo
School Board Member and EVHS Coach, Annabelle Almager was teary-eyed when she spoke of the dedication exhibited by the coaches and players. “I’ve seen it all year and it amazes me. I see how hard you work and Coach Medina and it showed. It means so much to the community and this was your moment to shine,” expressed Almager. She encouraged the players to, “continue to work hard and continue to believe.”
Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez ended the presentation with some inspirational words from Coach John Wooden that are all agreed was a true embodiment of what Medina was able to accomplish the last four years. Gutierrez told the room, “a coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment, and I think you (Medina) have done that very well. You built a team and gained the respect of your staff and this community and that is an accomplishment.”
Congratulations EVHS Football & Coach Medina! The Valley Daily Post looks forward to covering another winning season!