Texico volleyball coach won't return
Published: Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
TEXICO — Mike Littlejohn, the volleyball coach at Texico High School for 29 years, will not be retained in that position next season. Littlejohn, who led the Lady Wolverines to a 25-0 record and the Class 2A state championship this fall, said he was informed on Monday morning in a meeting at the school that he would be replaced as the coach. “They’re going in a different direction,” Littlejohn said Wednesday night. “That’s all they gave me.” He said he had no idea what the meeting with superintendent R.L. Richards and principal-athletic director Buddy Little would be about, adding that doesn’t know why he won’t be retained in the volleyball position. “You always know things are going on,” he said. “But no, I was surprised.” Littlejohn’s teams have won six state titles — in Class 1A in 1980, 1984 and 1985 and in Class 2A in 2001 and 2006, in addition to this year. His career record at the school is 481-171. Littlejohn, 52, teaches government, world history and driver’s education at Texico and said he would be retained in those positions next year. He has been the girls head track coach for the past three years, but this spring is scheduled to be an assistant baseball coach for the Wolverines under Richard Luscombe. A native of Portales, Littlejohn said he will weigh his options. He acknow-ledged he’d still like to coach volleyball at some point. “(Wife) Cindy and I will have to sit down and decide what we’re going to do,” he said. “Hopefully, the good Lord will take care of us and we’ll be better off. “Right now, it’s been a major shock to all of us.” Attempts to reach Richards and Little on Wednesday night were unsuccessful.
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