There are particular jobs, Leroy Barela mentioned, that command one’s consideration.
The Albuquerque High boys basketball teaching job is one in all them, he mentioned.
“You know, when you look around and you see as a basketball coach, you know what’s open, what’s not,” Barela mentioned. “When you see Albuquerque High is open … I coached boys for 10 years before I started coaching girls, and it just drew my interest.”
On Wednesday afternoon, the Bulldogs demonstrated a mutual curiosity.
Barela, 47, turned AHS’ new head man after spending the final three seasons teaching the Eldorado High Faculty ladies.
“Everything felt good. Everything felt right,” Barela mentioned.
Barela replaces Greg Brown, who was fired following final season. The Bulldogs completed 11-16 final season, dropping within the first spherical of the Class 5A state event as a No. 16 seed to Las Cruces.
AHS has not had a successful report for the reason that 2017-18 season.
“I know there is some work to be put in, so I’m excited to be doing that. It’s still Albuquerque High,” Barela mentioned. “When you’re a middle school athlete, even elementary school, and you start to look at the high schools around your area, that school is always gonna be intriguing to people.”
This can be Barela’s first prep head teaching job in boys basketball. Previous to Eldorado, he was a head ladies coach at each Pecos (for 3 seasons) and Robertson (for 4 seasons).
Barela mentioned he felt his interview with AHS went extraordinarily effectively.
“I was just real. Who I am, where I’m from, what I’m about,” he mentioned. “I understand the long history there, and I’m excited the things I can bring now. I’m excited to be part of that program.”
He mentioned he’ll full the college yr at Eldorado, the place he was employed virtually precisely three years in the past. The logistics of his educating standing at AHS had been nonetheless being labored out, Barela mentioned.
Eldorado athletic director Roy Sanchez mentioned the college would submit the opening throughout the subsequent couple of days and start a seek for Barela’s alternative.
Whoever succeeds him inherits a workforce that features one of many state’s finest gamers – guard Bella Hines, just lately provided by the College of Utah and who can be a sophomore subsequent season for the Eagles.