Approximately 60 apply for Hounds football coach

CNJ staff

PORTALES — ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser said the school hopes to have its head football coaching position filled by the end of next week.

Mark Ribaudo resigned Nov. 15 upon request after seven losing seasons as Greyhounds head coach.

Geiser said Monday the school has approximately 60 applicants, with a wide range of backgrounds.

“We’ve got a real strong pool of candidates, ranging from Division I assistant coaches, to ex-Division II head coaches, junior college coaches and a few high school coaches,” Geiser said. “Hopefully, by the end of the week, we’ll know who we’re going to invite in for interviews next week.”

Geiser anticipates up to five candidates will be invited for on-campus interviews.

The first day coaches can make on-campus contact with recruits is Dec. 9.

“The thing that really jumps out is (the new coach has) to be an excellent recruiter,” Geiser said in an earlier interview. “You’ve got to do two things — you’ve got to recruit and you’ve got to retain (players).”

The Greyhounds went 2-9 in 2011, including 1-7 in the Lone Star Conference. Ribaudo, 47, had a career mark of 25-51. He also served as an assistant coach at ENMU for eight years.