Stephen Johnston lower his teaching enamel below Cooper Henderson. Now he’s going to department out on his personal at Manzano.
The Monarchs on Thursday employed Johnston, Artesia’s defensive coordinator, to be their head soccer coach.
The 34-year-old Johnston, a 2005 Artesia graduate, replaces Phillip Martinez, who just lately resigned to grow to be Rio Rancho Excessive’s defensive coordinator.
“Leaving southeastern New Mexico to go up north is just not sometimes what occurs,” Johnston stated.
However Manzano’s observe report, he stated, was an immense draw as he leaves his hometown for Albuquerque.
“If you wish to be a head coach, you must be keen to leap,” Johnston stated. “I created a brief record in my thoughts of locations I would depart Artesia for, and Manzano was a part of that record. … Being a head soccer coach wasn’t part of the preliminary plan for my life. I used to be actually joyful being a defensive coordinator, and training observe, and I felt like life was going very well.”
Johnston and present Bulldogs head coach Jeremy Maupin, who a couple of weeks in the past left Los Lunas to return residence himself, are shut associates and former highschool teammates.
“I don’t know if it was the attract simply to be a head coach,” Johnston stated. “Manzano simply looks as if a really particular place to be. It’s … nice for people who find themselves enthusiastic about soccer and enthusiastic about children.”
Johnston was Artesia’s DC below Rex Henderson. Johnston coached defensive backs when Cooper Henderson was the top coach.
Johnston, who was born and raised in Artesia, went to varsity at New Mexico State. It was on a go to residence to see his dad and mom that he obtained his first teaching break.
“I noticed coach Henderson at church, and he stated, ‘Everytime you’re prepared to teach, to show, you’re gonna come again to Artesia,’” Johnston stated. He added with amusing, “It was coach Henderson! So I stated, ‘Sure, sir.’ “