The Taos Lady Tigers softball team began practice this week with a new head coach. Camille Rivera, a 2011 Taos High School graduate, replaces Dominic Martinez who resigned in early January.
Martinez said he had to resign because of extra duties as Taos County’s director of emergency management and E-911/dispatch.
Rivera graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Mexico and is an athletic trainer for the Taos High School varsity athletic teams. She played volleyball, basketball and softball for the Lady Tigers. In softball she was a 2009 District 2-4A First Team All-Selection and played in the 2011 North-South All-Star softball game.
“I love the sport and I wanted to give back to the community,” Rivera said.
Rivera said her goal is to have a successful, united program where everybody has fun. Rivera was one of six applicants for the position.
Martinez, who coached for a total of 12 years within the school system, coached the softball team for two seasons and led them to their first state playoff appearance in years in 2015. He also resigned his post as a middle school girls basketball coach. Martinez said he still has passion for softball and coaching and did not rule out a return to coaching in the future.
Martinez coached Rivera in basketball and track.
“I think she’ll be great for the program,” he said. “I wish her good luck and I wish the girls good luck.”