April 6, 2009
By Dave Lepre -- UNM Media Relations Assistant
New head coach Mike Locksley wasted little time letting the coaches in attendance at the 2009 Spring New Mexico High School Football Coaches Clinic know what his focus for the event was.
"We're here for you," Locksley said to the assembled coaches. "We're here to answer any questions you have and to help you in any way. We'll stay until two in the morning if you want us to."
And so Locksley kicked off the 2009 University of New Mexico Coaches Clinic. The three-day event started off Thursday night with individual instruction from the Lobos' position coaches. Former UNM head coach Dennis Franchione was the keynote speaker and followed Locksley's presentation Friday morning. Franchione was the first of a number of guest coaches to speak, including last season's 5A and 4A New Mexico state champion coaches - Las Cruces High's Jim Miller and Goddard High School's Sam Jernigan. Jeff Lynn from the New Mexico Military also held court.
The event capped off Saturday with a recruiting seminar, followed by a position-specific drill clinic. A number of the coaching staffs stayed to watch the Lobos' two-hour scrimmage held in the indoor practice facility.
The Lobos hosted prep coaches from 24 different schools. Nearly all were coaching staffs from New Mexico, with two - Palo Duro and Dellheart - from Texas.
"It has been a great, great clinic," said Cibola High School head coach Judge Chavez. "The coaching staff has been very accessible. We spent a lot of time last night after the social just sitting around and talking football - getting to know the staff better. They all seem to like what's going on. It's an exciting time around here."
"As the flagship university in the state, we'd like to be a resource for all of the high school programs in the state," Locksley said. "We know that football in this state is important. We wanted to open up our doors and give them an opportunity to come in and see how we do things and be as accessible for these guys over the last three days as we possibly could be.
"Some of the coaches told us they don't think the state has a big clinic year in and year out," Locksley continued. "They have them in Texas and Arizona. The feedback we've gotten is that they'd like this be the state clinic for football where we get all of the football-playing schools in the state to come to Albuquerque and spend three days immersed in football. I'm hoping that this thing just continues to grow and grow and that we can continue to develop relationships with our in-state coaches."