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May 22, 2013

Duane Toliver Is New Football Coach at Los Lunas

It's official, Los Lunas High School has a new football coach and he's coming from West Texas. Duane Toliver a former player at Texas Tech and the now former Defensive Coordinator at Lubbock High School will take over for Jeremy Newton as the Head Football Coach at Los Lunas High School.

Los Lunas has quickly emerged as one of the top prep football programs in New Mexico over the last three years going 30-7 since the 2010 season when Newton arrived so the expectations to win and to succeed on the football field are very high.

"I realize that the expectations are high and that is exciting. While the program is already well established I feel that I can add a different spectrum to the program. Football is important here and I feel that if you place this high school in West Texas that this is a prime Texas Job. The talent is here, the administration is great, everything is really first class," Commented Toliver Wednesday evening.

Toliver played Defensive Line at Texas Tech from 96-99 then coached Junior High and was a varsity offensive line coach at Lubbock Cooper during his early coaching career.

"Where I really cut my coaching teeth along the way was after my job at Lubbock Cooper when I took a job as varsity assistant at Midland Lee. It was a complete learning experience in terms of coaching fundamentals, how to run a program, and how to coach players," Said Toliver.

During the 2012 season, Toliver was the Defensive Coordinator at Lubbock High and helped the Westerners break a 30-year play-off drought.

"Lubbock High is always going to be a tough coaching job, but in all honesty I've done some of my best coaching there. To help turn around the program and build a foundation with Coach Jason Strunk is something I'm grateful for," Said Toliver on his coaching stint with Lubbock High.

As a Red Raider Football Player during the late 90's Toliver feels that his playing experience will help him on the field as a Head Football Coach.

"I was not the most talented player during college, but I was not going to ever let anyone out-work me and it will be the same thing coaching. I learned work ethic as a player and that is what I am bring to the table as a Head Coach. Preparation is key and we will be ready to go each week."

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