Former local prep coaches look forward to working together
FARMINGTON — The Farmington Frackers have landed two familiar faces with a championship pedigree to oversee the program’s evolution, hiring former local prep baseball coaches Mike McGaha and Sean Trotter.
McGaha, who earned four state titles and two state runner-up trophies in his nine seasons as Piedra Vista’s coach, will be the head coach. Trotter, who spent nine seasons at Farmington High and won a state title in May, will be the assistant coach.
“I’m excited for this new chapter in my coaching career. I’m fired up to reunite with Coach Trotter, also. We have a lot of history together,” McGaha said via text message today. “I was drawn to this opportunity because I’m a Farmington guy, and it was appealing to get to keep coaching many of the kids I’ve coached in the past and try to build on what the Frackers (have) already done.”
Trotter echoed McGaha’s sentiments about the two coaching alongside each other.
“Throughout the years that he’s been at PV and I’ve (been) at Farmington, we’ve done things together in the summer with baseball. To have an opportunity to coach college kids with the Frackers together, it’s something we’re both very excited about,” Trotter said, adding they’ve spent years discussing opportunities like this one to complement what they’ve done in the Four Corners baseball scene. “The Frackers was something that came along that kind of sealed the deal for us. To be able to work together at that level, it makes it even better.”
They’ll replace Jared Holley, who stepped down after two seasons at the helm. Holley accepted an assistant baseball coaching position at Pima Community College in Tuscon, Arizona, over the summer.
Holley, a 2016 University of New Mexico baseball graduate, reunites with former Lobos assistant and new Pima coach Ken Jacome.
“Being there for two years and only losing two regular-season games, that was something pretty special. It laid down the groundwork, the foundation for the entire Fracker organization,” Holley said, adding the Farmington experience helped him learn how to manage and rally an entire team. “Coach McGaha has a huge presence in Farmington, so he’s going to definitely keep that (winning tradition) going. Of course I’m going to miss it, but they’re in really good hands over there right now. They have a really good chance of probably going undefeated.”
Although they have specific job titles, Trotter said the duo is still hashing out specific position coach roles, from hitting and pitching to fielding. Even so, Trotter pointed out what prior head coaching experience has done for both of them.
“Being a head coach the last nine years, you really have to have a decent grasp of all aspects of the game,” Trotter said. “We just want to make sure we’re on the same page.”
Holley said he will stay in contact with McGaha to help with recruiting, should McGaha pursue any UNM or Pima players entering the 2019 season.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.