Rattlers, Longhorns look for football coaches

Thomas Garcia

The Tucumcari Rattlers and Logan Longhorns are in the process of hiring new football coaches for their 2011 seasons.

Rattlers head coach Daniel Hutchins submitted his resignation and is taking the head football coaching position for Eunice.

“I have nothing against the Rattlers and wish them success,” Hutchins said.

Hutchins said he had been approached several times over the past two years with job offers and turned them down.

“I could have stayed with this program forever,” Hutchins said. “We have made a lot of progress over the past two years.”

Hutchins said his decision to leave the Rattlers was a tough one, though he feels he made the right choice for his family.

“This was an opportunity I could not pass up,” Hutchins said. “I have family in the Eunice area and a cousin coaching in Hobbs. It was the right fit.”

Hutchins said there are some good things on the horizon for the Rattlers’ football program.

“The combined dedication of the coaching staff and athletes have resulted in a strong Rattlers program,” Hutchins said.

Rattlers Athletic Director Wayne Ferguson said applications are being accepted for the position of head football coach.

“Right now we are searching,” Ferguson said. “There are no frontrunners at this time.”

While Hutchins is moving on to a new school, Longhorns 12-year veteran coach Billy Burns resigned to take care of family matters.

“I’ve decided to take some time away for my family,” Burns said.

Burns said his father passed away in April and his mother will soon be moving in with his family.

“Taking care of my family is my first priority,” Burns said. “I also have to plant 1,000 acres of CRP farmland in Kansas before the fall.”

Burns said he will still be a teacher at Logan schools. He said he will attend as many games as possible.

“I am going to be their biggest fan,” Burns said. “They are a great group of kids and I am excited to watch them play.”

Burns said one day he may decide to coach again. For now he is just going to concentrate on matters at hand.