Sunday, June 7, 2009

Adrian Ortega and Onate

It's too bad that Adrian Ortega left Onate High School last week. In just one season as the boys basketball coach, he left a mark with the program. He established a winning attitude and a new form of discipline.

The Knights were much better defensively and much tougher than in previous years. And the results were profound. Onate finished second in District 3-5A and won a state playoff game, advance to the Pit in Albuquerque for the first time since 2002.

OHS needs to take its time in finding a good coach with a good background. Ortega was a good fit for the Knights and it's too bad that things didn't work out for him at OHS, he had to leave because of family commitments and that's honorable. Ortega is a solid coach and he'll do fine down the road at some other school.

- Felix

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yea Felix, we understand how you feel. If Ortega is such a good coach, why did he say he would commit then not keep his word? He should of never left his family in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Who's next? Tony Harper? If he wanted to move to LC he would have applied for the Cruces job. I say Matt Abney. I heard he would be interested. Onate needs to do what they can to get him there.

Anonymous said...

Matt Abney would be an awesome get for the Knights!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Tony Harper is not buddies with the Cruces principal.. he is very good friends with the Onate principal. Matt Abney would be an awesome choice. He is the best coach in the Las Cruces Public Schools

Anonymous said...

ortega did one of the best things for onate he installed discipline. That is what that school has needed for years, too bad he had to leave but you cant blame him with what his wife make.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Matt Abney fans. If you know the game, coaching boys is a different level. Matt is a good girls coach, keep him there. If not he will understand.

Anonymous said...

matt abney does know the game he even coached in college and it was men not women he would do great at onate.

Anonymous said...

You are all wasting your time. Tony Harper did a visit to the school today. The job is his.

Anonymous said...

For one thing Ortega did an amazing job coaching. He put pride back into the program when there was none. Having Ortega for one year was better than not having him at all. He showed that Onate could be a good ball team. I say whoever they bring in has some big shoes to fill.

Anonymous said...

Harper has been good everywhere he has been Only person with an ego bigger than his is the principals and the lesser Harper at Gadsden

Anonymous said...

Abney coaching college?? HAHA. As parents of former players, we have seen him only coach one way. That's all he knows.

Anonymous said...

i guess your kid didnt play huh? he took a year off to coach at a college as an assistant, didnt like it and came back lcps. you say he only coaches one way. Well it appears to be working.

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