Portales football coach resigns position

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers

PORTALES — Portales School District Superintendent Randy Fowler announced the resignation of Portales High School football coach Glenn Johnson during Monday’s school board meeting.

Johnson has been the head football coach for the Rams for the last seven years. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator at Eastern New Mexico University.

“I have had a very rewarding experience leading the Rams for the past seven years,” Johnson said in his letter of resignation. “Although, due to health problems and personal reasons, I feel I must move on. God is moving me in a different direction and I am very dedicated to following his will. Thanks for the memories.”

Johnson could not be reached for comment on Monday evening. During his tenure, Johnson led the Rams to the 2002 Class 3A state football championship game, where they lost to Ruidoso.

During Johnson’s first two seasons, the Rams posted 3-7 records. Johnson was able to turn the team around to an 8-3 record in 2000.

Johnson’s record over his seven seasons was 38-49. Portales went 2-9 during his final season.

Fowler talked about the next move for the school district.
“With the budget the way it is, we’ll have to look within,” Fowler said. “Without a teaching position available, we can’t open it up to candidates outside the school district.”

Fowler said if a teaching position opens up, school district officials can open it up to outside candidates. He said this would allow for a wider selection of candidates and perhaps more experienced candidates.

“He will finish out his contract,” Fowler said of Johnson. “He will continue to work as he is now and as he has been.”

Fowler said Johnson also monitors the in-school-suspension program at the high school.