Young to lead HU football

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Coach comes from California

New year, new Highlands football coach too.

Eric Young has been hired as New Mexico Highlands University head football coach, the school’s athletic department announced on Thursday.

Young most recently coached at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif. Young coached the Siskiyous Eagles for the past six seasons.

"I'm excited to get started. This is a great opportunity to turn this program around and bring back the tradition of winning to NMHU football," Young said in a news release.

Young coached the Eagles to the 2006 Mid Empire Conference Championship and was named Coach of the Year for the conference.

“Young has a great record of sending his junior college players to some of the top schools around the nation,” NMHU sports information director Gavino Archuleta said in the release.

Young has coached 86 All-Mid Empire Conference selections, five All-Americans and 12 Academic All-Americans.

“Eric brings a reputation of intensity and winning to the Cowboy football program,” said NMHU athletic director Ed Manzanares. “His knowledge of junior college football will bring a new element to our football team.”

Highlands was 1-10 in 2010.