Ramon Abreu has been tapped to be the next Taos High School Lady Tigers softball coach.
Abreu was given the nod in December – after a search began to replace outgoing coach Camille Rivera. Rivera took over the program last year after the departure of Dominic Martinez, who relinquished his coaching posts in January.
A 2011 graduate of Taos High School, Rivera currently serves as sports trainer for Taos High School athletics and will continue to serve the district in that capacity in the coming sports seasons. During her one-year tenure, Rivera compiled an 8-19 overall record and went 1-8 in District 2-4A play.
Abreu also coaches football with his cousin, Art Jr., who is the head coach of the Tigers, and his uncle, Art Sr., who serves as the line coach. Abreu is currently the defensive skills coach and is responsible for teaching cornerbacks and players in the free safety positions how to properly execute at those positions.
Abreu hails from Dickinson State University (North Dakota), where he played football, but has close family ties to Taos, where he grew up and considers his home.
“I want to hone in on the little things,” said Abreu, who acknowledged that this year’s squad is expected to be a young group, but is looking forward to working with the talent that’s carrying over from last year’s team. “Building a winning program is definitely a goal of mine, but more importantly, I want to bring a competitive spirit — a competitive attitude — to this team. That comes from working hard and building cohesion among ourselves.”
Alongside Abreu — and new to the program as well — will be Kimberly Marcus, who will serve as assistant coach and head junior varsity coach.
“Marcus will be vital in managing many of the technical aspects of the game, including working with our pitchers,” said Abreu. “She brings a wealth of softball experience to the Lady Tigers program, and I look forward to working with her.”
While the Lady Tigers have been engaged in off-season strength and conditioning workouts since December, regular daily workouts and team practices will begin Feb. 6. Taos’ first game of the 2017 season is slated for March 8 against the Sandia Prep Lady Sundevils. This is a home game with the first pitch scheduled to be thrown at 3 p.m.