Toliver steps down at LLHS

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Less than a year after replacing its head football coach, the Los Lunas School are again looking for a new head man at Los Lunas High School after coach Duane Toliver's sudden regination Friday.

Toliver, who came from Lubbock last year and guided LLHS to a 9-3 record and a berth in Class 4A football's final four, submitted his letter of resignation Friday, relinquishing his football and boys track coach duties for what he called an opportunity to become an athletic director in addition to to continue coaching.

On Tuesday, Toliver declined to name the school. But on Wednesday the News-Bulletin learned Toliver will be a coach and administrator at Claude High School, a Class 1A school, 30 miles west of Amarillo, Texas.

"It's just an unbelievable opportunity to take the next step and become an athletic director as well as a head football coach," Toliver said Tuesday afternoon, "I just felt like it was something I couldn't turn down."

Toliver, who also coaches boys track for the Tigers, will leave the school effective on May 1.

Assistant track coach Ted Sisneros will take over for the remainder of the season.

Los Lunas Schools athletic director Wilson Holland, who said both jobs posted earlier this week, had nothing but praise for Tolvier.

"I can tell you we were fortunate to get a coach of his caliber as late as we did (last year)," said Holland. "He did a great job as a head coach and we wish him the best."

Holland said the job search to replace Tolvier is already underway and said he the district hopes to be interviewing coaches by mid April.

Toliver said he enjoyed his time in Los Lunas and said the Tigers should have continued success despite losing its talented 2014 senior class.

"They have a lot of pieces in place to be really, really good in the coming years," he said.