By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer
Brian Stacy, who has coached Clovis High’s cross country teams under contract for the past three seasons, has been selected to replace Dale Fullerton as the district’s athletic director.
Stacy was chosen from a field of four finalists for the position. The others were Lonnie Baca, a teacher at Gattis Junior High and an assistant basketball coach at CHS; Mark Koski, the New Mexico Activities Association’s assistant director of corporate development, and Winifred “Windy” Williams, a Lubbock businessman and a former athletic director in several school systems in Texas.
“We had four excellent finalists,” said Clovis superintendent of schools Rhonda Seidenwurm. “Brian is just a very classy guy. We think he’ll represent us very well, not only in the district but across the state.”
The 43-year-old Stacy and his wife, Marti, are administrators at the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch in Clovis. He also has worked for the NMAA as a referee for basketball and football.
Born in Norfolk, Neb., Stacy has been a college coach and administrator at Colby (Kan.) Community College and at NAIA schools Concordia and Doane in Nebraska.
He spent one year as a cross country assistant before taking over the program from Mark Bussen in 2003.
Stacy said he plans to give up his coaching duties — including as a volunteer assistant in track — and his position at the ranch to devote his full time to the AD position.
“When (the job) came open, I was interested because I knew I had the qualifications they were looking for,” Stacy said. “I know they want somebody who is involved in the community. I wanted to stay in Clovis and in my five years here I’ve been extremely involved in the community.”
Stacy begins his duties on Thursday, working with Fullerton to make the transition. Fullerton earlier this fall accepted a position as principal in the Bovina school district, taking over there in January.
“I’m real excited we got somebody in time so that I could work with him,” Fullerton said. “I think Brian is an excellent choice. I know he’s done an excellent job with the cross country program.
“I know he’s excited about it. I think he’ll work well with everybody in the district and the state.”
CHS football coach Eric Roanhaus, whose team is preparing for Saturday’s Class 5A state championship game against Mayfield in Las Cruces, said he thought the district made a good selection.
“Brian is a quality guy,” Roanhaus said. “We couldn’t have gotten a better person for the job.
“He’s been around athletics for a long time. We’re very fortunate to have a person like him in the job.”
CHS principal Jody Balch said Stacy has shown he works well with students.
“Watching him referee basketball games, he was a class act and had a good manner with players and fans,” Balch said. “He’s well respected by the people he works for and he brings a wealth of sports knowledge to the job.”