Riggins to have grievance hearing Wednesday with district officials

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A grievance hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday for Los Lunas High baseball coach Robert Riggins.

The coach was relieved of duty April 12, the day after an incident that took place at the conclusion of a heated 1-0 loss at Valencia High.

However, he has not resigned, nor has his termination been announced by Los Lunas Schools.

The 10 a.m. hearing at Los Lunas Schools' central office will include Riggins, a National Education Association representative, LLHS athletics coordinator Andrew Saiz, Los Lunas Schools athletics coordinator Wilson Holland, LLHS principal Dan Padilla and the district's assistant superintendent for student services and athletics, Dana Sanders.

Riggins said an umpire's report shows he cursed at the umpire and made contact with him as the umpire tried to leave the field. A close play at third base had ended the game.

Riggins admits he "crossed the line" by blocking the umpire's path and causing the umpire to bump into him.

He insists he never used foul language, however.

The coach said he was escorted away from his office at the Tiger baseball fieldhouse on April 12, and there are several personal articles there that he has not recovered yet.

Pete Candelaria took over for two games on sort of an emergency basis, but assistant Daniel Harmon has coached the Tigers for the past three games.

The Tigers, who are 16-9 overall and will finish in third place in District 6-4A, are set to rematch Valencia in Saturday's 11 a.m. regular season finale at LLHS. They will likely be on the road for a first-round, best-of-three playoff series next weekend.


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