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Gonzales to lead Dons football

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By Dave Kavanaugh

West Las Vegas’ search for a head football coach reached its conclusion Friday — meeting a generally favorable response from Dons faithful and those who have followed the career of Adrian Gonzales.

Gonzales emerged as the choice at West after a round of interviews on Monday. Also in the mix were two other New Mexico candidates — including one other local — and two from out of state.

Gonzales is best known as one of the key assistant coaches who helped build and develop a state championship program at crosstown rival Robertson High. That crew, which also includes head coach Leroy Gonzalez and assistants Doug Cavanaugh, Chris Najar and Lucas Sanchez, has been a model of stability for the Cardinals.

A 2000 graduate of West Las Vegas, Gonzales attended New Mexico Highlands University. He served as an assistant at Robertson under Chad Roanhaus, Richard Martinez and Leroy Gonzalez, who made him the team’s offensive coordinator.

“He liked to learn different styles of offense, and he wasn’t afraid to try them,” Leroy Gonzalez said. “He’s ready, and I think he’s going to do a good job.”

Gonzalez acknowledged mixed feelings about losing a longtime assistant but said he understands: “When your program is successful, people are going to want that success.”