BOVINA — Bovina football coach and athletic director Kent Torbert has been hired for the same positions at Lamesa, Texas, and will start his duties there on March 1.
Torbert has been Bovina’s AD since 2002. He was an assistant football coach to Bruce Scroggins in his first year at the school before taking over the next season as head coach.
Torbert led Bovina to a 7-4 record in 2005, including the Mustangs’ first Class 1A playoff berth since 1996. They lost in a first-round game to Quanah 19-8.
“It’s one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do,” the 1976 Clovis High graduate said of the move. “I’ve gotten really close to the kids here, and a lot of them are (son) Jacob’s good friends.
“But for our family, at this point in our life, we felt like it was the best thing for us to do.”
The younger Torbert was a starter at running back for the Mustangs last season as a sophomore.
Torbert said he was approached after Lamesa’s head coach resigned his position at the Class 3A school.
“I wasn’t looking for anything, but their assistant superintendent called and asked if I would be interested,” he said.
Torbert was one of seven candidates interviewed for the position.
A graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, Torbert served as a student assistant and graduate assistant and then spent one year as a full-time assistant for the Greyhounds under Dunne Goode.
In 1983, he took an assistant coaching position at Class 3A Perryton, an experience he said he can draw from in his new job.
“I really liked that type of school,” he said. “It’s big enough that if offers just about everything, but small enough so you feel like you know everybody.”
He spent about a decade in Amarillo, working at the middle school level and at Amarillo High and Amarillo River Road before coming to Bovina.
“The community here has been wonderful to me and my family,” Torbert said. “We appreciate all they’ve done for us.”
Torbert, whose last day at the school is Feb. 28, said the Bovina school board is scheduled to meet on Monday to discuss its options on a replacement.