Belen football turned the page and entered a new chapter in the school’s history when they hired Ty House in late April.
“It’s been a lot of fun so far,” said House.
House spent the last seven years as an assistant at Hobbs High School — his alma mater where he graduated in 2006 and played wide receiver. While there, he spent most of his time with the secondary and called coverages for every game.
However, his time was not just limited to work with the defensive backs.
House said he spent a lot of time developing defensive game plans for the squad.
Before becoming an assistant at Hobbs, House received a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science at Texas Tech. He then earned a master’s degree in sports administration at Eastern New Mexico, where he also was a student assistant.
His hands-on approach to coaching gives him confidence for his first head coaching job.
“I just like to attack the task head on,” said House.
“Throwing age out the window, you just have to do your job.”
Though he plans to incorporate some new things to the program, House acknowledges the foundation left by coaches John Lerma and Greg Henington.
House said the team is well-coached and the changes they have made have been simple.
The Eagles posted a 7-5 record in 2018 before their season ended in the quarterfinals of the 5A playoffs.
House hopes to improve that record in the upcoming seasons, and said the community has been supportive as he and his family have made the move north to Valencia County.
He said that he and his wife, Katie, are excited to set their roots down here with their children.
“I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of support and how the community rallies around this particular position,” said House.
“Football is a special sport in this town. I’m going to take care of the kids, and, hopefully, that translates to winning.”