By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer
Brian Stacy said his first six months as Clovis athletic director has been about what he expected.
“The (overall) athletic program is going fantastic,” he said. “Just look at the number of teams that made the state playoffs. Even though (the New Mexico Activities Association is) going back from 16 to 12 (next year) in everything except basketball, most of our teams would’ve made it anyway.”
Clovis won a girls track title, reached the Class 5A state finals for a second-straight year in football, and was ranked No. 1 in the state most the season in girls basketball before being upset in the 5A semifinals.
Still, Stacy maintained that winning isn’t the overriding emphasis.
“I don’t look at the wins and losses,” said Stacy, who coached CHS cross country for the past three years before accepting the AD position. “What I’m concerned about is (whether we’re) making young men and women be successful when they leave here.”
That was something which impressed Clovis Superintendent of Schools Rhonda Seidenwurm. She said CHS tries to ascribe to a motto of “pursuing victory with honor” when it comes to athletics.
“My main qualification (for the position) was I wanted a class act,” she said. “Brian is running an incredibly professional program.
“We’ve had some tremendous athletic directors in Clovis in the past, and because we’ve had good leadership we’ve had good programs.”
Stacy was chosen from among four finalists in late November to replace Dale Fullerton, who took the principal’s job at Bovina High School.
Stacy, who has worked for several years as an administrator at the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch, said he entered the AD position knowing he needed input from others.
“I’m a person who isn’t afraid to ask questions or ask for help. We’ve got a great coaching staff here, and every coach has helped me (make the transition) in some manner.”
Currently, CHS is in the process of trying to fill several coaching vacancies, including head coaching positions in cross country, girls soccer and boys tennis. The school tries to match the positions with teaching vacancies whenever possible, although Stacy said some will probably go to contract coaches.
He added that while the school’s athletic facilities are good, he’s been able to help oversee improvements in the football coaches office, the junior varsity football locker room, the track at Leon Williams Stadium and the floor at Rock Staubus Gym.
The school will also have a new film room for football and basketball, he said, as well as new scoreboards at Bell Park for baseball and at Rock Staubus.
“Our facilities are fantastic,” he said. “We have some of the best facilities in just about everything. (But) we’re constantly looking for ways of changing things.”
Seidenwurm is convinced the district made the right choice.
“Brian does know what he doesn’t know,” she said, referring to his penchant to learn. “He’s just a very thorough, very professional gentleman.
“I knew after meeting with our principal (Jody Balch) and our coaches that we had some really good candidates, and I knew Brian was one of them. I just hope Brian is as pleased with us as we are with him.”