Kevin Jolley hired to replace Lee as Valencia High's next football coach

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Kevin Jolley has been hired as the Valencia High football coach.

Los Lunas Schools athletics director Wilson Holland announced Tuesday that Jolley had been chosen by a committee from a field of six interviewed candidates. Jolley, a Roswell resident, will relocate and will be the football coach and also teach on site at Valencia High in 2012-13.

Holland said he's hoping Jolley can begin as soon as possible. Outgoing coach Kelley Lee, whose three-year run featured five playoff games and an 11-1 record in 2011, helped the Jaguars make tremendous strides in all areas, especially in the weight room.

Lee resigned to take over as offensive coordinator at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Fittingly, that's where Jolley, an Idaho native, earned his B.S. degree in psychology in 1992.

He recently earned a master's degree in educational administration from National University.

Most recently, Jolley's résumé states that he was the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at New Mexico Military Institute's junior college program from 2008 to 2010.

His only head-coaching experience was at Española Valley High in 1996 and 1997. Jolley is a state-certified k-12 special education teacher, according to his résumé. Holland said the plans are for Jolley to teach special education at VHS, but the 2012-13 organizational chart is far from finalized.

Jolley was a four-year starting quarterback at Western New Mexico University in Silver City in the late 1980s before finishing his degree at Eastern. He also played college baseball, and has been an assistant coach at the high school level in that sport.

The other candidates interviewed were former Robertson High and Highlands University coach Chad Roanhaus; one of Lee's VHS assistants, Andrew McCraw; Belen High graduate and Atrisco Heritage assistant Terrell Trantham; one of Roanhuas' Robertson and Highlands assistants, Doug Cavanaugh, and El Paso-area assistant Ted Sisneros.


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