Gateway sanctioned by NMAA

Freedom New Mexico

An investigation by the New Mexico Activities Association that Roswell-based Gateway Christian School violated bylaws by recruiting student-athletes has resulted in the suspension of a coach and sanctions on the school, according to a joint press release from NMAA and Gateway officials.

According to the release, one coach was suspended for two years and sanctions were imposed on the school for a three-year period. During that time, the school will be on progation and will have to pay a fine covering the cost of the investigation.

“Probation means we’re going to look at their programs more closely, said Robert Zayas, NMAA director of communications. “If other violations occur in that time, additional measures should and will be imposed.”

Zayas refused to name the coach or the teams that were involved, saying it would be up to Gateway administrators to do that. Calls to Gateway high school principal Jason Merritt were not returned.

Gateway Christian won the Class 1A boys state basketball title in March, beating Dora in the title game. Gateway also won the 8-man football title last year.

The release said Gateway Christian wishes to remain a member in good standing with the association and has taken corrective action.