FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista has introduced its second boys' soccer head coach in as many years.
Pablo Quintana, a 2009 PV graduate, replaces Adrian Romero on the sideline for the Panthers this season. Romero coached just one season after replacing Carlos Yllescas.
"As a player, I did pretty good. As a coach, I want to do even better," Quintana said. "I am flattered to be chosen to follow up the great work Adrian Romero was doing as a good coach. I am excited to work with the good kids and their supportive parents that this school has."
Quintana played for Division II Eastern New Mexico University after graduating from PV, and he hopes that college-level experience will help him as a coach.
"I have tons of things I want to teach the kids. The focus for a lot of the guys is to get experience. I went to college and can pass on that experience and help them be able to go on to play in college," Quintana said.
Quintana was an assistant under Romero in 2012 and is already familiar with the players.
"We know each other and already have good stuff going on. The big thing we need to continue to work on is teamwork," he said.
PV's rival Farmington High has dominated District 1-4A and excelled on the state level in recent years with two state championships since 2010. Quintana hopes to elevate PV, which went 5-14 and missed the state tournament in 2012, to the same level.
"I know we are the underdogs in district and in state, but we can work harder to have a chance to take district and state," Quintana said. "I expect to take district. I don't want to disrespect FHS because they have been taking it for a long time, but it is our time now. Last year, we didn't go to state. We had a young team. The kids coming back this year have more experience and have the anger of not making it last year."
Piedra Vista athletic director Kelly Thur did not return calls for comment.John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.