Area coaching carousel continues

The Daily Times staff
Piedra Vista baseball coach Mike McGaha, seen here after a District 1-6A game against Volcano Vista on Tuesday, April 24 at Ricketts Park, stepped down last week after nine years with the program.

FARMINGTON – The coaching carousel keeps on spinning in San Juan County.

Piedra Vista and Farmington are looking for new baseball coaches, while Newcomb football and Piedra Vista boys basketball landed familiar faces in their coaching searches.

Mike McGaha stepped down as PV’s baseball coach last week after nine seasons with the Panthers, while Sean Trotter stepped down after nine years as FHS’ baseball coach.

McGaha won four state titles in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. PV also took home state runner-up trophies in 2013 and 2018 under McGaha. Trotter guided the Scorpions to the 5A state title this season, their first blue trophy since 2008.

“We’re sad to see them go,” Farmington Municipal Schools athletic director Frank Whalen said. “They’ve done a lot of good things for the programs. Those two guys did a good job. It’s not going to be easy to fill those two guys’ shoes.”

Farmington girls basketball coach Brady Rivers, who spent the past two years with the Lady Scorpions, will take the reins for the PV boys. Rivers won 22 games at FHS and made the playoffs both years.

Meanwhile, Shiprock football coach Eric Stovall, who will step down effective on Thursday, replaced Shawn Miller over the weekend to lead the Skyhawks football program, according to Central Consolidated School District’s Twitter page.

Stovall, who went 20-12 with back-to-back district titles and back-to-back playoff appearances with the Chieftains in 2016 and 2017, will lead another team coming off back-to-back playoff appearances in Newcomb. NHS went 19-14 in Miller’s three years with the program.

Newcomb also seeks a new girls basketball coach, a post also held by Miller. Miller went 34-51 in his three years coaching the Lady Skyhawks.

Whalen said Farmington Municipal Schools is still in the application process for both baseball and FHS girls vacancies. Newcomb's girls basketball coach opening is posted online at