By Dave Wagner
TEXICO — Reduced state funding based on declining enrollment has triggered changes in the Texico High School coaching staff, according to school officials.
The contracts of girls basketball coach Sean Wootton and an assistant coach will not be renewed, school officials said.
Wootton replaced longtime coach Roy King, who stepped down last summer after leading the Lady Wolverines to three consecutive Class 2A state championships.
THS principal Buddy Little, who was King’s assistant during his final six seasons before accepting the principal’s job, will be the Lady Wolverines’ head coach next year.
“I’m going to be pretty busy,” said Little, who said he’s starting to look forward to the challenge.
Wootton, a Santa Rosa native who came to Texico after spending three years coaching girls basketball at his alma mater, said he was informed after a school board meeting in late April his teaching contract wouldn’t be renewed. The Lady Wolverines went 13-12 under his direction after a run of three straight Class 2A state titles under King.
“The only thing that bothered me was that I had no prior notice that (my) job was in trouble,” Wootton said. “But I understand the situation.”
He is in the process of trying to line up another job, and said he is considering three possibilities — one in New Mexico and two in Texas. Wootton said he could be ready to make a decision on his future by the end of the week.
Wootton, who also was Texico’s boys track coach this year, taught government economics, world history and driver’s education.
“It was a great year working with the kids and the people at the school,” he said. “I’ve never been at a school where there were so many kids of such high quality.”
Adam Terry, an assistant football and boys basketball coach who also taught at the junior high, also will not be back, Little said.
Elementary school principal Wayne Anderson will be Little’s assistant coach.
Little said he hopes the cutbacks are a short-team situation for the school district.
“I think it’s a culmination of things,” he said. “I do know we’re fortunate to have people who can fill the spots and carry a little extra weight for a while.”