Taos High head basketball coach and special education teacher Rick Apodaca was fired Wednesday (Oct. 17), and the school district is moving quickly to fill the position.

Apodaca, who was put on paid administrative leave Oct. 5, said he has appealed to the school board. The board has received his documentation on the issue and can overturn interim Superintendent Rose Martinez’ decision, but Apodaca said he does not know when the appeal will be heard.

“We have been getting a ton of calls, a ton of support from the community,” he added.

Martinez, who did not immediately return phone calls from The Taos News, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that filling the coaching position is a top priority.

“The fact of the matter is that the boys season begins on Nov. 5 and it’s not something we can wait on,” she said.

However, former coach and current Athletic Director James Branch would not be considered as an option unless he steps down as athletic director, Martinez said. Branch led the boys team from 1999 to 2004 before being fired.

Apodaca was hired to replace him, and Branch spent a year each at Questa and McCurdy before returning this year to head Taos athletics.

It is unclear what would happen if the firing is overturned after a new coach is hired.

Both Martinez and Apodaca declined to comment on the cause for the decision.

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anonymous
anonymous

For one why was coach Apodaca fired

anonymous
anonymous

I think you guys are making a big mistake, think twice about what your doing.

anonymous
anonymous

yeah, it does seem like a huge part of this story is missing

anonymous
anonymous

Why was he fired? That is the story!

anonymous
anonymous

Its about time havent had a winning season yet with Coach Apodaca, Branch shuld have never been replaced.

anonymous
anonymous

They can't report on rumors ... no one will say why he was fired on the record. Give them a break!

anonymous
anonymous

I heard apodaca was fired for not following procedures. Paperwork issues, give me a break, people are out there stealing from the schools and hurting kids and we still let them keep their jobs. Hows that fair? The word is that it is all political. Its funny that Taos fired someone (branch) from coaching and then give him 16 programs to run. Now the article said that if he gives up his AD job he can apply. Does that mean apodaca can apply?

anonymous
anonymous

Let's look at the real crime. What a horrible reporter Gabe Toth and the heads of the news paper that approved it. I agree with Pete. Rick, let them keep your job and go after the paper for dragging your character through the mud with no facts to stand on. Then go after the school.

anonymous
anonymous

Coach Apodaca did not rehire Kent Lewis for this year's basketball season, so Kent Lewis was determined to bring Coach Apodaca down. All that was done by Kent Lewis and the superintendent should have been done in an open meeting before the public, not in a closed meeting. It is unfair to let someone outside of the school administration decide that the coach should be fired because of a personal agenda and because he has a lot of money! The truth of the matter is that money talks! Also, Mr. Branch should not be allowed to apply for the coaching job, because all this is very political! Coach Apodaca should be treated fairly and restored to his position!

anonymous
anonymous

If Coach Apocada is replaced by Eric Jeantete, the community better be ready for another letdown. The only reason Jeantete is even there is because of Coach Apodaca. Ask around...how many parents have had an encounter with Jeantete that was positive? ask the players? He coaching AAU and getting into fights with parents and other coaches does NOT qualify him to coach high school basketball. What kind of role model is he? Taos is in desparate need of a motivated, energetic, personable coach is will represent Taos High School and the community with dignity and respect.

anonymous
anonymous

What is going on at Taos High? What has happened to the powerhouse they once were? The athletic department and the administration has made some serious mistakes over the years and now the athletes a re paying the price for them. Why take away the one bright light these talented athletes had to look forward to? Their football season is a disaster so is it fair to make these atletes suffer another blow to their moral? As I see it, the atletetic department has become a joke of northern New Mexico and its not the athletes fault, its the petty, childish way the administration is conducting itself. I pray the school board will see the underlying current that is poisoning the athletic program in Taos and do the right thing. Give these athletes back their dignity and the respect they deserve.

anonymous
anonymous

Please anyone but Branch! Apodaca needs to submit paperwork like everyone else in the district. Not everyone needs to have the facts. I think that Apodaca doesn't want everyone to know the real facts to his firing.

anonymous
anonymous

coach apodacas team lost some receipts after eating-out one game & leiws gave coach monitary reciepts from his subway to show the value of what was spent. Later, a revengful for not being rehired to help coach, Lewis, told the schools that coach apodaca had stolen that money. The school said the procedure he didn't follow was not writing a letter explaining that the receipts were lost. and for that, Coach Apodaca was fired.

anonymous
anonymous

first of all you don't fire a high school coach two weeks before the season. next its real disappointing to the players that they will go into the season learning a new basketball philosophy as they go along.you adminastrators need to look at yourselves first, do you really know what it takes run a school? muchless a sports program! your coaching picks lately have been very bad!(football) some of those coaches haven't even played the game, muchless know the game. other than sunday nfl coaching in front of the t.v.. I don't know the whole story about Rick A. but you guys need start getting good qualified (certified) coaches. Taos has alot of talented kids you people are hurting all our kids, not helping them one bit. After all its about the kids (our kids).

anonymous
anonymous

I heard apodaca had a parent meeting and explained everything to his players and players parents a few weeks ago when this all started. I heard he was honest and upfront and told them everything. Maybe we should just ask the players and their parents what is going on. Lets not forget apodaca led the tigers to wins over espanola, la, and capital on their home courts at the end of the season and only lost in the district championship by 3 pts. When was the last time taos beat espa, la and capital on the road?

anonymous
anonymous

Coach Apodaca is a good man and coach your not going to have a successful season right away all the time it takes time to build u Program. He improved his record each year as a head coach and led us to a District Championship and we barely lost by (3 Points) Coach Apodaca deserves his Job back i think this is a big Mistake. When was the last time you have seen a coach be the underdogs in the District Tournament and beat La,Capital and make it to the District Championship.

anonymous
anonymous

with regards to comments from others around the community, i would like to comment on the situation with Rick Apodaca. First of all, brian, you have no clue what it takes to build a winning basketball program. It takes years of learning the system and to put the system into place. and I do not mean just basketball. I am talking about intangibles such as academics, character, work ethic, etc. I like to call it doing things the "right" way. Building a system the way its supposed to be built. Coach Apodaca does things the "right" way. He ensures that the players represent Taos High School with class on and off the basketball floor. Plus he is totally committed, open gyms, summer league games, continuous indidividual work with his players. This hard work will pay off and the system will work.
With regards to other comments, I think it is obvious that people in the community support Rick. They truly know what kind of a special coach/teacher/man that is leading the Taos boys basketball program. Taos is extremely lucky to have Coach Apodaca, along with his great family.
The question might be what did he do wrong when in reality the question is how can the administration be so blind to all the facts. i hope that this situation can be resolved in a timely manner and Coach will be reinstated so Coach Apodaca can be with his players by the first of November for practice. Coach deserves it and the players deserve it.

concerned parent
concerned parent

It is a tragedy for this to happen at a time when the basketball program is about to start. But as for the same as other programs that this has happened to we need to to know how protocol, procedure and policy is on these situations. My understanding is that head coaches answer to the Athletic Director and he answers to the Superintiendent. Is the Athletic Director doing his job and which Athletic Director failed to do his job? I think this is the question that needs to be answered along with how did the finance department at the administrative level allow this to go one for so many years? This is not the first time a coach has been question on a financial matter. The full athletic program of the Taos Municipal School needs to be evaluated along with tough screening on all coaches (paid or volunteer). One final thought for the coaches, if your coaching staff isn't working as a team how do expect your players to play as a team, as I saw on the football field last year between the head football coach and his staff and seems to be appearing between Coach Apodaca and Coach Lewis.

anonymous
anonymous

i am embarassed by our schools and our community. coach apodaca HAS BEEN the most energetic, motivated, coach this community has ever seen! he HAS represented Taos High and the community with dignity and respect! its sad that one man who isn't even from taos, who even looks down on hispanic people just because he has money (i am referring to kent lewis) could have so much influence over our community and the decisions that it makes. the worst part is that coach apodaca made ONE MISTAKE! that's it! and he was fired. what about his students? he teaches special education and those kids need good teachers like apodaca. oh! i forgot, teachers can't make mistakes. who is next? makes me wonder why anyone would even invest into this place! i guess it doesn't matter what is best for the kids. it's all about politics.

anonymous
anonymous

I hope the school board and the administrators of the high school are reading these comments!!! Maybe this will shed some light on how everyone is tired of the politics and how we should just let the athletes play ball!! Its about time we have a venue to express our concerns of community.

anonymous
anonymous

It is amazing how the Taos Schools are working now with this new administration, new athletic director, and new board members. Who are they in this for?? What happened to 'We are here for the children'? Why would one missing receipt be the reason for Coach Apodaca to be fired? and not only from being coach but from his teaching position! Why is it that the accounts department didn't catch this mistake when it happened? not two years later. Why aren't all the employees of the Taos Schools fired for not turning in receipts? You mean Coach Apodaca is the only one?? Come on Taos Schools...quit playing politics at the expense of our students. And as far as Kent Lewis falsifying a receipt from his own business, what did he have to lose by doing thiis? NOTHING! He knew what he was doing! Alterior motives, I say!

anonymous
anonymous

I am appalled by what is going on with THS Athletics. Mr. Apodaca may not be everyones favorite person, but he is NOT A THEIF! Give the guy a break, he isn't just a coach, he is also a human being and like everyone else he is trying to make living. If politics again, will cost us another decent coach, thats the way it goes, the only ones that seem to suffer from that are the ATHLETES! The big picture becomes this mans job as an educator. If I am correct he has a MASTERS degree is Special Ed. WHY would a school district with a lack of qualified teachers (permananet uncertified substitutes are teaching YOUR KIDS) choose to fire an over qualified, compassionate person who needs to make a living and feed his family? What a sad place Taos has become.

anonymous
anonymous

Shame, shame, shame!! Whether it was one receipt or 500, the fact of the matter is that he messed up. Take care of business and accept responsibility for your actions. Maybe this will teach all who have committed the same careless behavior to be more cautious in the future. If the athletes are as promising as stated, they should not have a problem adjusting to a new coach. So lets move on and let griping end!!

anonymous
anonymous

I agree that it is great to finally be able to voice our opinions. I think it has been said there were several receipts that were lost over a couple of years and the issue did not come up until Kent Lewis brought it to the superintendent. i know from a reliable source that the school is not even questioning that he did not spend the money like he was supposed to. It seems EXTREME that you would take a person who has a wife and two kids and fire them. Remember no matter what we think of coaches they are still human and still have a family to support. If the admistration did not want him to coach (this thing is from his coaching job not his teaching job) then why not fire him from coaching but to take away his teaching job, his livelyhood, thats ridiculous!

anonymous
anonymous

"As a student and authlet i can say the athletics program really sucks! look, its all about playin ball thats all we want, but its all political like every thing else in this town .They obiousley fired him for a reson .Find us good coaches that arent coaching just to have the power of telling someone what to do .Find people that know the sport. So unless you parents are playing the sport with us, dont act stuped and say stuff until you know every fact or detail.

anonymous
anonymous

I think the community needs to really get involved in this. This coach is a regular guy who works to support his family. He may have made a mistake, who knows he may not of even done anyything wrong. Taos is a town of working people. Think aboout your job, if someone told you how to do something and they say "this is how things are done" and you do it. Then months or even years later you find out you did it wrong and now they want to make an example out of you! Thats wrong! In a lot of jobs people never get trained to do something and then the job waits til someone messes up before they teach them how to do it right. Who knows, did I make someone mad? Are they going to put some pressure and get me fired! This is about more than a coach, its about being fair and respecting each other! Everyone makes mistakes, we better hope we don't ruffle any feather or we could be in the same boat as this coach.

anonymous
anonymous

"I read some of comments and i as a teen in are community is really suprised that as adults it all about the gossip. the "I heard" and crap like that. Mind your own about lawsuites are school is already poor enough as it is and i'll bet people in this town would sue over eney thing. Mistakes happen people come on grow up already!!!!!! jake give me a brake. like i said before people wait for facts."

anonymous
anonymous

"I'm sure that if apodaca hadnt been fired and we lost a few games and then some, all of you would be saying somyhing diffrent wouldnt you !? most of you will probably stop supporting if this accured. all im saying is really think about what your saying."

anonymous
anonymous

What really caused Apodaca's firing? I'm sure the school board had enough evidence before letting him go. I am sure that they woul\dn't open themselves up for a lawsuit because they wanted to hire Branch. As professionals I am sure they didn't make this decision before getting legal advise from the school lawyer before making such a major decision. Unfortunately we don't all know the facts that caused this action to be taken. Anybody that has worked with personnel issues knows that ongoing issues are not discussed in order to protect both parties. Give our administrators a break. They do know the law and are following policy.

anonymous
anonymous

TigerAlum Ph.D, its interesting that you make reference about apodaca playing community sweathearts and him socumbing to pressure! If your so smart (its assumed because you mentioned your Ph.D) lets look at last years team:
Juan valdez, Joe montoya, Louis G., Jim A., Josh C., Josh M., Mike A., Mike Malone, JC M., Daniel G., Carlos M., Paul S., Chris B. Now you tell me which one of those kids has a community leader behind them. Each one has hard working parents and if you knew anything about these kids you would know that each one worked their butts off to get to where the were! Besides there were very few games if any that the Tigers had (as you put it) "huge leads". You have NO clue! It just bugs me when people dont know what they are talking about and want to blame everything on the coach and politics, EXCUSES, EXCUSES! I followed these boys and they each had their good and bad games, but grow up, coaches dont play those games, their jobs are on the line and no one will put their job on the line to make community members happy! In the end if they dont win then their gone! But in his case, he is gone anyway! lets look at the end of the season, they won 5 out of the last 7 games and beat good teams on the road! Made it to the dist. championship game and then to state. Come on smart guy support our kids and our town! I was at almost all games, i dont think I recall too many people with a Ph. D being at all the games. I applaud you for working hard and obtaining a Ph.D, thats not easy, but you need to learn that just because you have a couple of diplomas it doesn't make you better than anyone else! Too many times people in Taos want to bring each other down, instead we should be pulling together to have Taos succeed at everything! Our kids work hard and deserve your support not your bitterness!

anonymous
anonymous

In case you didn't see the article said that the school board can overturn Rose Martinez's decision to fire Mr. Apodaca. That means that the school board has not heard his case yet. They did not make the decision to fire him, but when they do hear his case, they will make their decision. I believe they will make the right one!

anonymous
anonymous

After reading the comments posted by Taos teens- it seems we should be more concerned with the academic education Taos High provides rather than the sports. Where are the SPELLING teachers!

anonymous
anonymous

Once again who really gets hurt with all of this??? the KIDS in the basketball program! Wake up to whats really been happening in the schools in Taos! I am thankful that my kids are no longer part of the school system in Taos!!!!!!

Tigerfan
Tigerfan

I completely agree with the comments from Missed the Ball......what is up with the grammar and spelling of Tiger Student?! I thought English was required all four years of high school...... maybe someone should fire the English teachers at THS......

anonymous
anonymous

Its not that the students aren't getting their english and grammar but with 90%+ kids with cell phones....what do you expect????

anonymous
anonymous

Enough is enough! I am writing as a former athlete and as a parent of a former athlete at Taos High. While I may not agree with everything that Coach Apodaca has done in the time that he has done here, it is beyond my comprehension thay he would be fired for mishandling some reciepts. If Kent Lewis new about this since it happened and was even involved in the process why didn't he report it then? It seems to me that he used it as a way to get back at Apodaca for not re-hiring him. The other issue that I see and that I hope the administration takes a good look at is the prospect of hiring Eric Jeantete. I have no problem with someone who has not had any formal education (beyond high school) being hired as an assistant but bit as a head coach. Yes, we should be greatful that people care enough about our student athletes to want to assist in the athletic program but it takes someone who has played the game, recieved a college degree, in some cases played while in college to lead our student athelets on and off the court. Coaching is much more than winning games by having some good plays. It takes, morals, values, cultural awareness, dedication, discipline, character, sacrifice, and a formal education. Lets face it, the majority of the student athletes graduating from Taos HIgh are not going to play on a professional level after they graduate form high school. Because of this we need to make sure that head coaches instill values, love of learning and strong character in our kids before they are on their own. This needs to be done on and off the court. I have witnessed this from very few coaches in my lifetime. Furthermore, when we have this type of coaches we have made it so hard for them here that they have left for greener pastures and for communities who can see beyond their own greediness. Once again, enough is enough! Our kids should come first, we 've already had our opportunity when we were their age. Wake up and stop trying to live your lives through your kids and start being the role models you need to be.

anonymous
anonymous

No PhD just a hard working fan,
I agree with you and do not, or have not ever made myself out to be superior to anyone else.
The PhD I have is just a mere life goal that I worked to obtain through years of trials and tribulations, not a symbol of status I am trying to hold over anyone else.
I applaud you for being so colorful in your response to my post; however your words would be a pill better swallowed by the administration at THS.
I do not reside in Taos anymore; I just keep up with the news and make a contribution here and there to the school being that it was my starting point.
I agree with you that I did not attend many games this season, actually the state playoff game being the only one, due to the fact that I live and work on the east coast. However, I am a relative of three of the boys you make mention of in your post, and really only have what they told me of last season to go off of.
With that being said, the three relatives I have that played under Apodaca, all 07 graduates, none of them really cared for Apodaca and did not buy into his system.
So, before making assumptions and throwing bricks at glass windows here, back up and realize, i am not the issue. The issue is the kids who are being hurt by this situation as a whole.
As adults, in Taos or removed, If you have gone through the Taos educational system you know there are flaws, but adults bashing adults is negative, not positive, and will not help the community.
Taos is still small enough that the High School is essentially the Mecca of that beautiful oasis, rally around that, garner more community support and ensure that the community cares and is actively involved in academics and athletics.
Taos is a heavily politically charged town, politics runs all aspects of that town, but those politicians are not grandfathered into their positions, YOU the townsfolk of Taos have a say, and vote them in. So, if something seems fishy, think before you punch the ballot the next time.
As far as the coaching situation, have the kids, the community and the administration, actively involved in the decision to hire fire and keep a coach. No voice is as powerful or truthful than that of someone under the direction of their leader (KIDS).

anonymous
anonymous

How many of us know what really went on behind closed doors. Do you know for a fact that the school board has not heard his case, or that the decision to fire Coach Apodaca did not actually come from the board. Gossip, Gossip, Gossip! Lets wait for the actual truth, before we assume and arrive at our own conclusions about what's really going on.

anonymous
anonymous

What a sad time for our athletes and our community. It his amazing how far someone will go to seek revenge on another human being. If what is being said about Kent Lewis it is heartbreaking that he would take away someones lively hood just because he was upset for being let go from a coaching position. My heart goes out to Coach Apodaca and his family. He may have made a mistake in procedures, but I am sure he is not the first. I am a huge supporter of all Tiger athletics and what I have seen from Coach Apodaca is a caring individual who takes care of his athletes on and off the court. As for Eric Jeantete every time I see him he is surrounded by athletes both on and off the court. If he treated the kids as it has been said don't you think the kids would stay away from him rather than choose to spend time around him. For the kids sake I hope the right decision is made.

anonymous
anonymous

What is wrong with Taos school administration? This guy has a program going he has put in years of hard work the boys want to play for him. The Tigers have a team full of seniors why would you want to ruin it for them, for a few receipts come on! It’s about the kids not politics if this clown from subway had something to do with it because he was not rehired, isn’t he just trying to coach to have his kid play. Is the administration really that stupid? The season starts in November people how are the seniors going to play some one else’s philosophy in such a short time. Is it going to be another disappointing season like football? Do you even care about the kids? Do you even care? The school board needs to act on this Now!

anonymous
anonymous

Why is it that the current administration is having to take the heat for the inability of the previous administration to take corrective action where Coach Apodaca is concerned? Coach Apodaca has been with the Taos Schools for three years now and apparently whatever the reason for his being fired is goes back sometime. It doesn't appear that his inappropriate behavior was recent. So let's all some and take some time to think.....the new superintendant and board members did not fire him for their own agendas but more for his inappropriate actions.

concerned parent
concerned parent

Shame, shame, shame! Shame on all those that have chosen to believe all the gossip without knowing the real facts! I recommend that you get the facts before you discredit the administration for coaches being dishonest and treating students and parents with so much disrespect. Coaches should be role models for all of the athletes and the community. I, along with many parents and community members, have witnessed Eric Jeanette’s behavior on numerous occasions. As for Apodaca, take responsibility for what you have done! Don’t put the blame on others for what you and Kent chose to do. It is unfortunate that the athletes will suffer from this, but hopefully the administration will hire a coach that will be a role model and respect all the athletes and parents.

anonymous
anonymous

I am in the Taos school system, I know that therre are a lot of rules that must be followed in the finance dept. However, when receipts are lost, a person can not be reimbursed. As a loving, devoted husband and dad, I am sure that Rick Apodaca was just trying to receive what was owed to him. I would hate to think that the petty dispute between two matrue men would lead to Coach Apodaca firing. I have a child that attended Coach Apodaca's basketball camp this summer, he absolutely LOVED Coach Apodaca. He provide a role model for not only my child but many others. Are we hearing any of that? I alos agree with the person that stated that the district fired him from his coaching poisiton, not his teaching position. I hope this district has the good sense to keep this highly qualified staff member that can make a difference in our Special Education students' lives.

anonymous
anonymous

I agree with Missed the Ball. How about as much concern for the teaching and use of English as we see about the coach's firing. Our school board needs to provide more help for the students, expect more of them and give them the education they deserve. Where is the leadership?

anonymous
anonymous

Yup, great coach huh? 32-50 in three years-go figure!! It's unfortunate that it took Coach Apodaca's actions to get him fired. He should have been gone a long time ago. Who hired this guy?

anonymous
anonymous

Wake up! The only person qualified to prepare the Tigers with only two weeks until the season begins, is Branch! I believe he is competent enough to handle the AD job along with the coaching responsibilities.

concerned parent
concerned parent

coach apodaca was alright.not the greatest but alright.he should have been suspended not fired.at least not fired from his teaching job.now his assistant was a different story. he degraded his players,verbally abused them and their parents,and opposing coaches.this guy needs counseling before being with these kids.come on school board do background checks before exposing these kids to abuse.

anonymous
anonymous

if kent lewis spearheaded this firing he should be held accountable for his part in providing false receipts.let apodaca keep his teaching job and suspend him a couple of games.he didnt kill no one.

anonymous
anonymous

congrats coach branch a real A.D. and coach after so many losing in taos high sports maybe you can clean house.apodaca was good with the kids but he had his chance to build a good a good program and didnt 32-50 is not a good record before being fired he should have resigned.hint hint other losing coaches.volleyball,football,girlsb-ball.

anonymous
anonymous

It seems to me all of you are forgetting what the actual reporting was....Apodaca was placed on leave on Oct 5 and fired on Oct 17. What happened between that time to determine he should be fired? I do agree that his being fired as a teacher may have been a bit too extreme but apparently the facts were presented to those who are charged with ensuring that prolicy/procedures are being followed. So please, let's all back off...ket the administrators do their jobs!!!

anonymous
anonymous

Why in the world would Branch want to be basketball coach for a small increment, when I'm sure that he is making a heck of a lot more as AD. Is all of this fact or gossip? Those of you making comments on Branch wanting the coaching position, is it fact or does this help you justify Apocada's screw ups.

anonymous
anonymous

All of you people are disconnected before coach apodaca came to Taos the athletic programs were peaking and reaching the state level every year. And as for Eric have any of you seen the man when he loses his temper at one of these aau tourneys or getting in to shouting matches with parents in the middle of games. For you who speak of the administration they are cleaning the mess from two AD's ago. So get your correct facts and get really connected

anonymous
anonymous

I am totally disggusted with some of the comments that are being posted. Lets not foget it is Apodacca who messed up. Why are kids and families being brouht into this. Lets not forget what the reel issue is.

anonymous
anonymous

Maybe if they paid school employees more they wouldnt have to falsefy receipts. And they would teach better grammar.

anonymous
anonymous

For one I am overjoyed that Coach Apodaca is out. This gentleman should never have been give the opportunity to coach here. I am a fan of Taos High Basketball. We have very very good players (just see last years team and many many other before). I believe last years team could have done alot better if they would have had a competent coach. Our kids deserve a real coach, maybe its time to give one of our own a chance (ie... Daniel Trujillo). Maybe by putting one of our own in, someone who knows the current difficulties teenagers are going through but also knows what it takes to get into playing college ball whether it be Division I, II or junior college. I believe that our players can adjust to another coach. This kids are good athetes. Now back to Coach Apodaca. I have seen Coach Apodaca degrade his players. Why doesn't he tell us the HONEST TRUTH on why he was really fired. It has to be more than missing receipts. Maybe its includes the fact he spends more time visiting his wife at her job than at his job. Now about the Taos News. I give them credit they can only report on the information provided to them. Now about Mrs. Rose Martinez and the School Board. I hope they look out for our kids rather than the pressures of the community to keep this coach. I also hope they do not choose Branch or any other former Taos Coach.

anonymous
anonymous

Its about time they get rid if him. The next person to get booted should be the football coach.

anonymous
anonymous

This is dumb you fire your basket ball coach how many weeks before the season statrs???? DUMB!! This doesn't only affect the basketball players but a lot of the students. Mr. Apodaca's classes, who's going to teach those students now!!! And the principles are flipping out about phones and our schedule. How are we even going to have a schedule if you keep firing the teachers for something point less! It also affects the cheer and drill teams. Taos doesn't have anything for kids to do, You take this coach away, about 40 boys lose there dreams and move to violence and alcohol. Your future is in our hands play your cards right!!!

anonymous
anonymous

Just from the context of your words I'm led to believe you must be one of the two young men who live texting to Mr. Apodaca. Hasn't that already taken you into some serious trouble. Let's face it the truth is, over the past few seasons there has been so much favoritism, policitical agendas and not much success. Tigers players have not been able to rise to their potential, they have not been developed (partially true favorites have) and there has not been success. Athletic success if anyone cares to remember, is going to the PIT seeing it 3/4 full of orange colored

anonymous
anonymous

fans from Taos (Daniel Trujillo played)along with another northern team Questa (lets remember who took them there Branch!) Success is getting those same athletes graduated (and not by the seat of their pants) off to greater things in their lives! It is time for change. Best wishes to Mr. Apodaca, no individual deserves to be targeted and Heaven help Mr. Lewis if he is a Christian person. The bottom line Taos Student Athletes need our support their best interest should be above everything, in every aspect of that title "Taos Student Athlete!!"

anonymous
anonymous

I was appalled when I read the numerous comments concerning the firing of the THS basketball coach--appalled at the discourteous and slanderous comments about various people in the community. I am not familiar nor do I know any of them, but in any school district there exists a "chain of command" or there should exist in each district which provides parents, students, and community members a vehicle to express their discontent with the behavior of school personnell. It does no good to slander people anonymously. I do not know the reasons concerning the decision that was made in this personnell matter; however, I would certainly hope that the decision was made after a thorough investigation via school lawyers. It is unfair to criticize either the coach or coaches as well as the administration without knowing the details which obviously cannot be discussed for legal reasons. Why doesn't anyone get this excited because your students are not proficient on the state testing each spring? This is a concern that affects all of society--not who coaches a basketball or football team.

anonymous
anonymous

If the school district hires Gutierrez, they must be really, really, dumb!!! He never much of a coach. When the wrestling team won the state championships, he just inherit the team. Everybody knows it was Coach Stormo team!! He has no moral values, when one of his wrestlers were failing, he would have his managers do their work for them. On the middle school basketball team he would give his son more playing time than anybody else. The district should hire someone with sucess in the AAAA or AAAAA level. Local coaches do not cut it or can not compete in the district or state level.

anonymous
anonymous

First to the "Player" comment. The context of your words leads me to believe you must be 1 of the two young men who live texting Mr. Apodaca. Hasn't that already taken you into some serious trouble? Please.. the truth is, over the past few seasons there's been so much favoritism, political agendas and not much success. Tiger players haven't been able to rise to their potential or have not been developed.(except favorites) Sucess if anyone cares to remember, is going to the PIT seeing it 3/4 full of orange colored fans.(Daniel Trujillo played then!) Success is getting those same athletes graduated (and not by the seat of their pants) off to greater things in their lives! It is time for a change. Best wishes to Mr. Apodaca, no individual deserves to be targeted and Heaven help Mr. Lewis if he is a Christian person. The bottom line, Taos Tiger Student Athletes need our support, their best interest should be above everything, academics and athletic growth!!! Bring in someone mature and positive for them!!!

anonymous
anonymous

FIRST OF ALL WHY HAVE YOU ALL COMPARED COACH BRANCH TO APODACA. BRANCH HAS COACHED TEAMS AT THE STATE LEVEL AND TAKE UP TEAMS IN SHORT AMOUNTS OF TIME AND PROPELED THEM TO GREAT LEVELS. APODACA ON THE OTHER HAND WAS THE ASSISTAND TO THE JV COACH IN PORTALES (WHO WON THE STATE CHAMPOINSHIP BY FLUKE, REFLECTED BY THEIR LOSING SEASON). THERE IS NO LIE THAT HE IS A GOOD MAN BUT WHEN GIVEN THREE YEARS AND ALOT OF TALENTED PLAYERS, ITS EXPECTED, TO SAY THE LEAST, TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE WINNING SEASON (WHICH HE DID NOT). RESPONDING TO THE "PLAYER" COMMENT; YOU MUST BE ONE OF THE FEW WHO HAVE NOT SEEN THIS MAN THE PAST FEW YEARS AND ONE OF THE TWO WHO IS CONSTANTLY TEXTING HIM. BRANCH KNOWS ALOT MORE THAN YOU THINK, AND DEFINATELY IS A BETTER COACH THAN SOME NO YOKE JV ASSISTANT OR SOME VOLLUNTEER TRYING TO RE-LIVE HIS HIGH SCHOOOL CARREER. IF DANIEL TRUJILLO APPLIES THERE IS NO WAY A SINGLE PERSON IN THIS TOWN WILL NOT SUPPORT HIM. AND HE WILL PLAY PLAYERS FOR TALENT NOT FOR HOW MUCH THEY TALK TO HIM AS A FRIEND.

anonymous
anonymous

Ok to the "Player", the context of your comment leads me to believe you are 1 of 2 young men who live texting Mr. Apodaca. Hasn't that already taken you to some serious trouble? Please...the truth is, over the past few seasons there has been so much favoritism politial agendas and not much success. Tiger players have not been able to rise to their potential or have not been developed (except favorites). Success if anyone cares to remember is a packed THS gym, it is seeing the "PIT" full of Tiger fans leaving Taos half empty(Daniel Trujillo played, Joe Cantou coached). Success is getting those same athletes graduated (and not by the seat of their pants) off to greater things in their lives! It is time for change. Best wishes to Mr. Apodace, no individual deserves to be targeted and Heaven help Mr. Lewis if he is a Christian person. The bottom line, Taos Tiger Student Athletes need our support, their best interest should be above everything!! Mrs. Martinez, AD Branch, Taos Board we have faith you can bring on someone mature and positive for them!! By the way where are you Matthew Garcia, Raul Sanchez, Daniel Trujillo, Marcos Herrera etc.,?

anonymous
anonymous

to Brown Belly - you spell is "FALSIFY". And to those of you criticizing our kids for the WAY that they speak out: have some compassion. I'm sure SOME of you may have made some mistakes in spelling or grammar as teenagers. Did you speak out to your entire community about something you felt passionate about? Let's not rudely drag our kids into this. We all need support, ESPECIALLY OUR KIDS!

concerned citizen
concerned citizen

I as a concerned citizen of Taos County worry about our kids. What is it they have to look forward to in the schools of Taos? Constant bickering amoung parents and the administration? Why don't we all put our own opinions in our pockets and wait for the facts. I can assure you that knowing Ms. Martinez from her many years with the Taos Municipal Schools, she is one of high integrity, morals, and standards. If she did fire Coach Apodaca, I can bet you she followed the law and had her facts in order before doing so. . Besides she had to have had the backing of her Board and didn't do it to satisfy a personal vandetta (i.e.; her son not being allowed to play ball) WOW she has got more class than that. Why don't you look at the facts.....how do you think the players under Apodaca really feel about him? I personally thought it was stupid the way he plays his players--- two minutes in and then pulled out before even giving them a chance to warm up on the court. So let's stop and wait for the complete facts to the reason for his being fired. Don't place blame on anyone else but him. Let Mr. Apodaca take responsibility for his own actions!!

anonymous
anonymous

These people need to GROW UP and look at what's in the best interests of the kids!! So sick of Politics everywhere, the kids are the victims here..

anonymous
anonymous

I am a teacher/coach from another school district. I found this site and am having a hard time understanding what happened to Coach Apodaca. Did he really get fired over some misplaced meal receipts? This sounds really petty and political. I do not know too much about coach apodaca; however, i do know that he did a great job last year making a run during the district tourney. Only a really good coach could do what he did at the end of the year, when they had been seeded at the bottom of a very tough district. Somebody help me out with some FACTS about what happened. Its hard to believe this is over some receipts.

anonymous
anonymous

IT IS A SHAME THE TRUTH IS THE ONLY ONES HURT FROM ALL BULL@##@# IS OUR PLAYERS AND CHEERLEADERS AND ALL STUDENTS IT IS TRUE THESE BOYS ALL HAVE A DREAM OF PLAYING THERE BEST FOR THERE SENIOR YEAR IF THEY DONT PLAY THERE JUST GOING TO GIVE UP AND START TURNING TO DRUGS AND ALCOHOL SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE SOON WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE IS THE HIGH SCHOOL SETTING FOR OUR FUTURE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!!!!!!! THEN WE WONDER WHY IS OUR YOUTH STRTING TO GET IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW SO YOUNG!! THE COMUNITY NEEDS TO GET MORE INVOLVED WITH WHATS GOING ON IN THE COMUNITY AND SCHOOLS SO ALL IN ALL THINK OF OUR CHILDREN THEY NEED US MORE THAN EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

anonymous
anonymous

Open you eyes people! That IS the tragedy! The reason he got fired is not a good one, thus this great uproar. You're in Taos now, the rules to the game are different here. Don't expect justice. -----As for the School System, we have no training on what proper procedures are! How can anyone be held accountable to a system that is not established? I know for a fact that Apodaca tried to figure out what the procedure is when somone looses a receipt (whcih he didn't even loose himself) and he was told exactly what to do, there is proof of this. But when it's political, you don't need a good reason. Branch was letting kids on his team get away with drinking and drugs. He kept the star players in so he could have a great record. Finally was dismissed because it all became public and now was hired as AD?! See, reasons don't matter. I for one would hate to see a man with that little integrity and character that close to our players again. None of us can stand him as AD as it is. Now, when Apodaca started his program he had no seniors to work with. He has built this team to be a great one. Why don't you read the article from the New Mexican where they actually asked some of the students their thoughts on Apodaca. They are the ones who worked with him so closely and I never hear them say anything negative like you all have.

anonymous
anonymous

Rose Martinez (ACTING Sup) made a political decision cause her back was against the wall. She is counting on the School Board (who has yet to hear the case) to over throw the decision. It takes no less than 20 days for the board to respond to Apodaca's letter. So you are already looking at about a month's wait from when ever the appeal was submitted. This is why they are looking for a new coach. This is also why it was all done so close to the start of the season. This whole thing has been in the works for many months. I can't believe they were finally able to pull it off. Dot your I's Cross Your T's.. You might be next! In Taos, the rules of the game are: There are no rules.

concerned parent
concerned parent

Have an idea! New coach, new athletic director and most of all, new superintendent!

anonymous
anonymous

So much negativity towards all the coaches yet more positive support for them. You all forget about the boys playing ball and enjoying the play time they have together. These boys have united together thru the years. Ball is what they are all about, but you just don't get it. You have all made it about yourselves and have forgotten the main ones THE PLAYERS. Your time came and went , now let it go, quit trying to make thesse boys what they are not. They can speak for themselves and they have. The players support Rick Apodoca. Yes there are those that don't but why? You as parents of this community have taught this boys about hatred and not about overcomming the hardships. Wow! I wonder what our future brings without the confidence in these students later on in life. This is not only on the court, with the coaches but also in class. What a way to learn and become our future mayors, judges, senitors, doctors, lawyers and so on by watching videos all day in a class that has a substitute. What happen to teaching and I don't mean the run offs from the internet but the books and the studing. One very good point made by concerned sister, you as a community are going to send these boys into violence and alcohol. WE as a community already have taken everything away from them. Think about it what do we have in Taos for them. And it's not the youth center. I is used more by the adults or clubs for the adults. So give me a break I will stand tall for all students of Taos High and you should do the same. So #1 Apodaca is a very good person, he has brought the best for these boys and other students in this school. Why not start talking to students and listen to their input. #2 A crazy reciept, What about the other staff members that have done wrong why are they still there? And let me tell you there's trash everywhere in all the Taos Schools. #3 What does Eric have to do with this, leave the guy alone and let him live his life. Are you any better look at yourself before anwering this question. We are all humans and we all make mistakes. #4 And what about the two innocent children and a wife you are hurting. Are you going to support them with their needs because you are taking the bread out of the providers hand by taking his teaching job away.
You It always seems to amaze me, if the basketball team, football team, or andy other team is on a winning streak you claim them, but if are loosing what do you say (they suck). Now I ask you are you supportive or are you just being cold hearted, and abusive. Because I for one know this ruins ones self esteem and can lead to a bad life. So come on can't we united and be a better influence on our children. Listen to the voice of the the students and not the gossip. It's not all about a reciept, but it does involve Lewis, Branch, and superintendent. All started by Kent Lewis - I guess money talks like they say. I am sick an tired of my child watching videos in class, My tax dollar are at work to. I want better education than a video. By the way where is the Principle in all this. You don't see hide or hair of the man. Bet you he doesn't even speak with the kids. Life goes on don't be so quick to judge........................

anonymous
anonymous

This is getting totally out of control....think about what you are saying and who you are slandering as you write your comments. Let's not allow ouselves to get caught up in this childish backlashing and negative criticisms. In the long run it hurts us all as a community. Haven't we had enought tragedies this year? STOP, let the facts be known before you lash out.

battling the elements
battling the elements

Once again politics as usual. Give us the facts please!! Or you can't because again it would open a political can of worms. Somehow we need to get past this ridiculous situation, but I'm afraid that probably won't happen. Mr. Apodaca, you have my moral support in whatever the result is from this. Does anybody in Taos High care about the kids? Aside from a few, a resounding NO!!


anonymous
anonymous

THS- Teacher, those boys you mention that commented on this situation in the New Mexican were hand chosen by Apodaca to be interviewed. Come on, what business does a Coach have texting players, how unprofessional. Coach Apodaca doesn't know how to separate himself as a professional and as a friend. Teachers AND Coaches NEED to show more professionalism instead of trying to be friends with their students or players. All he is showing is his favoritism AGAIN! Every year he has one favorite player who never sits down. Where are those players now?? Off to college playing college level basketball? I think not. They are still wanting to be around playing "groupie" to Apodaca and Jeantete. Parents need to open their eyes and start paying attention. Why would you want someone else to play "father figure" to your child??

anonymous
anonymous

I sure hope you don't hire Branch again.
He has a habit of going after teams that are already formed and ready to go as far as they can, and then he GRABS the credit for taking them to district and then to State, when the poor previous coaches have done all the work for him!!
Why did't he go back to McCurdy???

anonymous
anonymous

For whatever reason he was fired from coaching, justified or not, it should not have affected his teaching position. Has anyone looked at how many vacancies there are for teachers, including Special Education within the school system 2 months in to the school year? This man is a qualified teacher, why take that away from kids that are not athletes! If he messed up as a coach, then don't let him coach, but why take away his teaching position? Go the school's webiste, www.taosschools.org and look at all the vacancies that need to be filled for teaching. As other's have said, he's a family man and depends on his income to provide for his family. I'm sure he's like many of us in town where even with both parents (if the family is lucky enough to have both parents in the household, which many are not) working, it's still a struggle to make ends meet with two incomes. His teaching job should not have been jeopardized, you didn't just affect athletes in this decision. You've affected how his family lives and you've affected ALL the students that were learning in his class.

Player
Player

This Has Gptten Out Of Hand You People have forgotten the important thing here that is The Kids. Us Players That Is The Important Thing It Does Matter Who The Coach Is We Are The Ones Playing Out There It Would Be Easier With Coach A Poc But No Matter Who The Coach Is US PLAYERS are going to win STATE

anonymous
anonymous

We love you Rick. Don't let yourself get caught up in all this drama. You are a man of integrity and in the end God is going to place you exactly where you need to be. 'What the devil meant for evil, God meant for good'. Keep your head up and don't let an evil thing come from your mouth. All the kids love and support you because you have made such an impact on so many lives. Remember who is actually in control here, not the schools or administration, not even the wealthy, God is, so trust in that.

anonymous
anonymous

First off...Taos News, hello why in the world would you post a story but not explain why he was fired....don't just gossip give us reasoning. As far as the board and everyone else against Rick...get over yourself's!!! He is the best coach the basketball team has had and he is a great person....that's typical Taos High for you...once our team starts winning thanks to Rick's excellent coaching skills you decide to fire him and try to give it to someone else...that is plain stupidity...THINK....if this has to do with kent lewis he is just a cry baby for getting fired FYI Keny you did nothing for the team but provide Subway!!!!!
Mister Apodaca i wish you the best...transfer somewhere else and kick Taos's rear so they can see the mistake they made!!!

concerned
concerned

It is amazing that when there is a witch hunt and they can't find a witch.."poof" they must make one. Unfortunatley that is probably what happened with this coach. They couldn't find the witch so they decided to try and ruin this coaches career and impact his family. The school should retract immediatly before they have a bigger problem with a lawsuit, because those are alot worse than saying you are wrong. One simple apology and one man's job back, and they could actually save alot of face and money. For a small town they have no clue what they are doing, so they should back down now, before they end up in the hole. If I were the super I would put down my pride and ask the coach to return to his position. What a shame that once again a small town gets a bad name, because of their unintelligent 'Mayberry Mentality"

anonymous
anonymous

Just to let "a true tiger" know, the Santa Fe New Mexican and a two day jump on the Taos New reporting this story. I was checking the online version for the Breaking News and NOTHING but check the New Mexican....and its there!! Same story...no reasons for the firing of Coach. I thought the seniors were mature with their comments and from the heart. Listen to them...they know what they want!!!

anonymous
anonymous

As a parent of two athletes, one who has graduated and one that is a senior, I have had to struggle to keep my sons' spirits up throughout the last 5 years. Believe me, its a daunting task especially when they keep losing and crap like this happens year after year!! All these athletes want to do is play and play the best ball they can!! They can't do that when the athletic director and superintendent go against the choice of the committee. They had a great prospect for the football coach but since he wanted 7th period athletics, the athletic director and superintendent said NO!! Said "they couldn't acommodate him" WHY NOT!!! He HAD a proven winning record with glowing recommendations, built losing programs into winning ones!! Sometimes taking the short road gets you no where!!

anonymous
anonymous

As a past parent & present parent of a Taos Tiger I think the main thing we need to work on as a town is the future of our kids. We need to make sure we have teachers so our children can learn and extra curricular activities for them to do, be it football, basketball, baseball, culinary arts, auto, welding whatever we as taxpayers can afford to do for our children. They are Taos's future not the firing of one coach. If we do not support or kids and make sure they have the education that they need all of this seems pretty petty. We need community support for our kids and make sure they have what they need to survive. We would love for them to come back here and live but if we keep going they way we are they won't.

anonymous
anonymous

I hope the State Board of Education and the New Mexico Activities Association get in on this one!!!

anonymous
anonymous

Various people have complained about the firing of Rick Apodaca. Some have indicated that it was engineered by the current athletic director, James Branch which is not the case at all. Coach
Branch has never been involved in the administrative leave and investigation of Coach Apodoca. It just isn't fair that James Branch is being attacked over a situation that involves Rick Apodaca. The reality of the situation is that Coach Branch was fired by an athletic director who did not have his administrative license and the last four years have been fairly dismal under his tenure. The unlicensed athletic director was finally replaced with Coach Trujillo (one year) who became an asst. principal this year meriting Coach Branch's new tenure as athlletic director.
Coach Branch has been the best basketballl coach in Northern New Mexico since 1993 through 2004. In that time he had two third places at state and a state championship. He was fired from Taos for no apparent reason. Last year he led the Lady Bobcats from McCurdy to a third place finish. The coach that has the best record period is coach Branch.
In three years Coach Apodaca has compiled a less than 500 average (32 -50). For various people attacking Coach Branch it just isn[t justified. But from a historical perspective, Coach Branch should have never been let go. What is clear is that Coach Branch has had nothing to do with Coach Apodaca's situation and is currently trying to keep together the boy's basketball program. If we can't find a Coach to replace Apodaca it only makes sense that Coach Branch should be the interm coach for the 2007-08 season. If your looking for outstanding creditionals the man that has them is in the athletic directors office: Coach James Branch.

anonymous
anonymous

Why are there such negative comments toward Branch? He can't even applly for the job which is unfortunate to begin with. Realistically, he is probably the only one with enough experience (state championship at Questa, and 3rd place with the Tigers not to mention a final four finish with the McCurdy girls team last season) and he still has loyalty to Taos and assumes the athletic director's position, especially after being fired himself. Give the guy a break. He inherited a freaking mess! and gets ridiculed for what? Overachieving everywhere goes? Actually, he should be allowed to apply for the position, because when push comes to shove, he is probably the best choice to fix things. Enough already!

anonymous
anonymous

Why does Branch stick around this play anyhow? He could easily be coaching elsewhere because his record speaks for itself. What is wrong with everybody? He is among the best coaches in northern new mexico. This is a no-brainer!!!! The school board doesn't have to look any farther than their own back yard?

anonymous
anonymous

Where is Joe Cantu?

What happened to all the success the Tigers had from 98'-00'.

Winning District Championships, going to the State finals in the Pit?

Taos-St. Pius triple overtime in Las Cruces.

Not the bickering backlash we have now!!

anonymous
anonymous

Come on people! Who cares if your kids are seniors now? Your kids are gonna have to face a real coach coming up and all of you parents are all scared! Your scared because there might actually be dissipline in the basketball program, FINALLY. As for all of you who think Branch is a bad coach, get over yourselves. Apodaca was a slacker coach who hasnt had a winning season over the past 3 years. Branch atleast did something with his 5 years that he got as coach. So who ever keeps commenting about Branch not being a good coach, I WOULD LOOKS AT THE STATS AND RECORDS FIRST!!!

anonymous
anonymous

I just hope that Taos High could get some good, quality coaches for the student athletes of our community. Isn't it about time?

anonymous
anonymous

Nobody hates coaches guts. You all are just getting defensive upone all these readings. If your so brave LIAR then why not put your real name. I think your user name says it all. As for you Historical Perspective you can't figure out what Branch did wrong? Try breaking the rules. Does integrity mean anything anymore? That's what's wrong with you people. In the end character means more than just winning the game. Look at the big picture here.

anonymous
anonymous

O.K., enough is enough. Please stop the comments. I think enough people (Coach Apodaca, Mr. Branch, Mrs. Martinez, students, etc.) have been humiliated and hurt by the insensitivity and demeaning comments of all those involved. What is this going to solve? What saddens me the most is that I'm sure the majority of these peole commenting are Hispanic. When do you ever hear of an Anglo, or a person of any other race get blasted the way our Hispanics do by their own race and by the Taos News? Can't you see what is really happening here? For every Hispanic trying to climb the ladder, there are 50 Hispanics trying to bring them down. Stupidity, unprofessionalism, and hatred are what so many of us thrive on. Please mi raza, lets live our lives with dignity. While Dr. Space was superintendent, how many of us knew what really went on at the Taos Schools (negative). I'm sure there were several happenings with the Taos Schools that went unnoticed. Why didn't we know, or why weren't mountains made out of molehills? The answer is simple. He was Anglo. They support each other, work with each other and that is why they advance. We have a local Hispanic interim superintendent who has devoted 35 years to education. She apparently cares and is committed to our children and community. Support her and let her do her job. From what I hear, she is a hard worker and has excellent work ethics. Coach Apodaca also has a great concern and interest in our young adults. He obviously loves coaching basketball and teaching young adults. It takes a gifted person to be able to work with students at that level (Special Ed.). Now Mr. Branch I'm sure has contributed to our youth for many years as a teacher and a coach. Again, doing what he loves most. Give him a break. This is his first year as AD. He has advanced from a teacher/coach to an administrator. He deserves to be given the opportunity to help build the athletic programs. There are some things in life that we have absolutely no control of and this is one of them. So tell me how is this helping anyone? The issue needs to be resolved and none of this garbage is helping any. Please Taos News, put a stop to these comments before someone gets hurt! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

anonymous
anonymous

What is wrong with this picture? Gather your facts before you assume everyone is wrong and your right. When has there been a coach that everyone has liked? Taos, no you! have never like any coach. You are the same people that have driven off sooooo many coaches. This is a very ugly side of parents who pretend to care. Listen to the players, they are our future leaders, they are the ones who spend time with these men. Why don't you get your coaching licenses and then you can do it. You seem to know everything, yet you know nothing. How many games have you been at that everyone is a coach. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Get your facts before you continue to make asses out of yourselves. Administration is doing the jobs they were hired to do. Where were you when the community was asked for volunteers to serve on the hiring committees? Where were you when the Tigers were playing at home last year? Where are you when there's open house at the schools? Why can't your students spell? Do you even know that your child can spell.? Where are you parents? Yes, continue to sit in your ivory towers and look down on us lowly humans (we are only human). Sunday I was reminded that God was in heaven, but I guess the preacher was wrong, he's here in Taos. Because you all are sooooo perfectl, you've never had a bad day, a bad thought, a bad attitude. Did you ever volunteer your time to coach soccer, little league, be a team mom, what happend to YAFL?, NO you would rather take up the fields with your adult softball leagues. Our students can't use the gyms because the men's basketball leagues are in the gym all the time. Where are your kids, partying, stealing, tagging buildings. Anyone who has children, you better look in your own house before you start casting stones. What goes around comes around, so watch yourselves. Shame on all of you. The only people to blame for this are parents and adults. Fine example for your children. There are two sides to every story, maybe if you asked the right people you would get the right answers and you could stop making a mockery of a good school system and a great administration. There are more important things in life, spend time researching the facts or helped your child with their spelling! AGAIN, PLEASE GET THE FACTS FIRST HAND AND NOT SECOND AND THIRD HAND, you'll find the answers aren't as colorful as you've heard.

whatever
whatever

Who ever wrote, SAY IT LOUD, how come you dont put your real name? Name 1 thing that Branch did? You have to remember Taos is about winning not, oh we went to the district championship but lost. Taos is a basketball and football town if you didnt already know that. Taos is "all about winning".

anonymous
anonymous

Everyone needs to stop all this already... its Pathetic! GROW UP! Apac is a great coach! BRING HIM BACK!!!!

anonymous
anonymous

First of all, the negativity towards the coaches that this has nothing to do with for example Branch and Guiterrez. Leave them alone. If Apodaca made a mistake the decision is in the boards hands. What needs to be focused on is finding a new coach for these boys. A qualified coach who has experience coaching. Daniel Trujillo sounds like a good candidate to me, he has college coaching experience, knows the game.

anonymous
anonymous

Come on Enough is enough, this page is nothing but gossip. you supposedly concerned Taos residents, are only commenting on what you have read, how many of you really know what happened? Coach Apodaca is a honest, hard working teacher and person. If you have ever had an incounter with Coach Apodaca, you would know that he isn't coaching to win, he is in it for the children. He has not only taught these athletes on the court, but also off the court. Coach doesn't have favorites, who are you to say who deserves to play, do you go to the practices? He is human and has made mistakes, but does he need to be fired from his teaching job. Coach Apodaca is an excellent teacher, who cares about his students.

anonymous
anonymous

To the seniors of the tiger basketball team, sorry for the loss of your coach. To the future tiger players best wishes. To all coaches of the taos district past, present, future, and volunteer (E.Jeantete). Remember the old saying "There is no I in TEAM." It is sad to see what our athletic program has come to, due to the selfish, jealous, greedy, and narcissitic attitudes and behaviors of coaches and all adults involved in the athletic programs of Taos. As an ex Lady Tiger athlete of Taos, I can say that favortism has always played a role in Taos athletics (especially basketball), and it will continue to ruin our programs. We have lost many good and bad coaches throughout the years. COACHES: remember every player has a weakness and every player has a strenghth. As coaches it is your job to realize the strengths of each of your players and use their strengths in success of the team; and I can guarantee strengths do not come from seating on the bench. To Coach Branch: good luck with the new hornets nest that you have obtained, I have all the confidence in the world as the new A.D that you have the ability, knowledge,and strength to up lift this program from rock bottom to a program that the community of Taos can be proud of once again. To Coach Apodaca: next time do your homework on those you get to help you coach and who pretend to stand in your corner.

anonymous
anonymous

COME ON NOW!! talking down on two coaches over some recipts. i played for these two coaches and the tought me more then the game of basketball.There is no point to talk down on eric he made me into the player i was for taos high he belived in me an pushed me 2 be the best player i could. Talking down on aau if it wasnt for aau taos wouldnt have been in the district finals. ERic is responsible for the success of the tigers former year. he coached us from seventh grade out of his own time gettin paid nothing keeping kids of the street. ALL I GOT 2 SAY IS THESE TWO COACHES I LOOK UP 2!! no point in firing them for the kids to learn a whole new system not fair to the seniors!!!!!!!!

Fed Up
Fed Up

This article the news paper has put up has NOTHING to do about coach Jeantete nor Branch... WHY write about them?.... LEAVE THEM OUTTA THIS ALREADY!... This story has just turned into a bunch of gossip. I am ashamed to say "Yeah i live in taos"... I am a student at Taos High & u Old Adults are being very childish in this matter! Aren't you supposed to be setting role models on us Young Adults... Well If so "Great Job!"... Your very good at it... And thats being Sarcastic!!! GROW UP PPL!... GET OVER YOURSELFS!!!! And Don't Gossip, if you don't know the REAL story!! Get your facts straight... Remember what goes around comes around!!! :) Think before you speak...

anonymous
anonymous

To all of you that think this all about a missing receipt,get real. Since when has someone ever been fired for a missing receipt Until now? Only in Taos! There must be more to this gossip of why he, Mr. Apodaca was fired from his coaching position. I believe he is a good man and shouldn't of been fired from his teaching position. "The truth will set you free" If Mr. Apodaca is innocent then it will be known. For God has a way of making anything that is done in secret be known. Mr.Apodaca, Just want to let know 1 thing. Beware of wolves in sheeps clothing. He may look like he is your friend but in reality He only has his own agenda in mind that is to make a name for himself. To the school board, please find our kids a qualified coach that demonstrates positive characteristics on & off the court. "Doc" Daniel Trujillo is a someone who not only knows what it takes to win but how to play the game with integrity, self control and will promote a positive atmosphere for our tigers.

THS Alumni
THS Alumni

I am deeply saddened by what is going on right now in our school in regards to Coach Apodaca. I just wonder if our THS and future THS students will be able to overcome all of the negativity or infuse more negativity for our school district. I believe every teacher, coach, administrator has positive and negative effects in the education system, however, enough is enough. There are so many opinoins being voiced, but would it not be wonderful if all of this energy can be put into more important issues that are circulating our schools. Apparently we have strong voices that need to be heard. We are all human let us stop the personal attacks already. Remember our children are what matter let us listen to what they have to say, let us give the power to the who really matter. God Bless you Coach Apodaca and your Family. Keep your Head up!

parent
parent

I want to commend the young man who wrote " It would be eaiser to play for Apodaca (I take it he's a seinor) but either way we are going to take STATE. What a positive attitude you have. Whom ever is going to be coach don't let this player get away. He is leadership quality and can be a positive asset to the team. Good Luck Tigers

anonymous
anonymous

Give our kids some credit! These athletes will continue to play to the best of their ability no matter who coaches them.

anonymous
anonymous

I am ashamed that THE TAOS NEWS would allow this to continue! It is very obvious that the people that continue to write comments opposing Mr. Apodaca are in fact THE SAME PEOPLE, saying the SAME THINGS over and over pretending to be "concerned parents, citizens, etc." Please Taos News, keep in mind that these are human beings that are being attacked so viciously. Don't give yourself a bad name and at least filter out the ones that are obviously by the same person or couple of people. I'm glad that a lot of people are logging in your website and giving you a lot of publicity, but please, have some consideration and show these young people that you will not support this behavior!

anonymous
anonymous

Instead of everyone speaking so badly about Apodaca,find out the truth! There is a school board meeting tonight (Tuesday) at the Taos Pueblo. If you are in support of him GO! he needs as many people as possible to show up. Don't be afraid of theats that your kids won't play or that you'll regret supporting Apodaca, Go support your coach, he has been good for Taos and for these kids, He cares about more than his coaching and teaching job he had. He really loves our kids and is trying to help them get further in life and help them in anyway he can . I have witnessed this many times, and know his has there best interest at heart. People make mistakes, everyone does ,I agree with "Shame on You" go get your coaching license and step up! Since everyone in this town think they can do a better job. This town is always ready to cut someone down, gossip and speculate. It's such a embarrassment that comments like these are being posted about Apodaca on the world wide web. People in other parts of the county probably think we're tasteless, classless people. We don't even stick to our own. Grow up, don't have such a small town mentallity! Not only that your hurting all his family invoved. Maybe they(him and his family) should just leave and go somewhere where he will be appreciated for what he's been trying to accomplish here.

anonymous
anonymous

These boys (seniors) have been playing basketball together and against each other (in elementary) since about 4th grade. They are one of the closest group of boys to enter and to soon leave THS in May 2008. It will not matter what coach will be hired, because these young men are dedicated, motivated, and have HEART!!! They can and will play to their utmost potential under any coach. They, along with newcomers, Jim Armijo and Chris Baca make one of Taos's most exciting basketball teams to watch. So, instead of complaining, slandering, and dissing coaches come out to support the Taos High School Teams in ALL the sports. There have been many times the bleachers are only filled with those who are true TIGER FANS!! Carlos M., J.C. Mitchell, Ryan O., Ryan T., Emilio D., Josh Y., Chris B., Jim A., and any others I may have missed KEEP YOUR HEADS UP...THE SEASON IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. SHOW TAOS WHAT YOU BOYS ARE MADE OF!!!

anonymous
anonymous

I am so tired of all the negativitiy and the gossip. we are all adults so lets start acting that way. You should all be ashamed of your behavior. It is easy to hide behind annonymous bashing but lets show our kids that we are bigger than that. I keep hearing AAU and have done research and From what i understand AAU is totally a volunteer program and no one is forced to be part of the program. It was your choice!!!!!!!

anonymous
anonymous

Due to the repetitive nature of the responses, we are not accepting any more comments pertaining to this story. However, we will post comments if they bring new information to this issue.

anonymous
anonymous

Thank you Taos News Editor for putting a stop to this line of comments on this story. It has gotten completely out of control and I'm sure has hurt many people in the process. Too bad that this comment section of the Taos News was used in such an ugly manner. I hope that the damage done will soon be cleared up for those involved.

anonymous
anonymous


TAOS MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2007
5:30 P.M.

TAOS PUEBLO

The issue regarding Mr. Apodaca will be heard at this meeting.Since it seems that so many of you feel very strongly about this topic I would like to see you show up and voice your concerns or support where it will matter.

anonymous
anonymous

Nohting changes in Taos. Who remembers Coach Leland Abreu getting railroaded out of town after leading the Tigers to 4 straight State Tournaments? All he did was go to Penasco and take them to the State Tournament. Unfortunately, coaching talent never seems to way in on the decision to let coaches go.

realworld
realworld

As usual, the Taos News rears its ugly head as a censor and decider of what is good or bad for the community.
If you did your job as a newspaper and truly were willing to do investigative reporting this community would be much better off.
The comments on this site bring out how people really feel about issues.
Do you intend to stifle public discourse as you stifle true journalism.
Politics as usual in every aspect of this community.
I seriously doubt that you will print this. Maybe too harsh for you and the community.

anonymous
anonymous

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