Coaches of the Year

In the Running! RRPS Coaches Up for State, National Honors
Posted on 10/26/2018

Four Rio Rancho Public Schools varsity athletic team coaches have been named Coaches of the Year for their respective sports – an important first step towards qualifying for state and national Coach of the Year honors.   The award honors coaches for their work throughout their careers and is not just limited to successes in the previous season. 

Coach Kenny HenryCoach Kenny Henry is the state’s girls cross-country Coach of the Year and one of the most successful high school cross-country and track coaches in the country.  The Cleveland Storm girls cross-country team has won the last three 6A girls state championships.  Henry also coaches the Storm boys cross-country team (state titles in 2011, 2012, and 2017) and boys track team (six state titles in nine years, including the last three).

Coach Toby ManzanaresCoach Toby Manzanares, legendary volleyball coach at Rio Rancho High, is Coach of the Year in volleyball.  Since the beginning of this millennium the Rams have been perennial state-level contenders and pretty much owned the first decade of the 2000’s, winning six state championships.  Coach Manz’s teams have amassed 325 wins during his years with the Rams.

Coach Greg Rusk

Coach Gregory Rusk, the girls soccer Coach of the Year, came to Cleveland High in 2009 after a distinguished coaching career at La Cueva High.  Since, the Storm girls soccer program has become one of the elite programs in the state.  Last year, the Storm came into the state tournament as the #2 seed and made a spirited run through the playoffs, reaching the state championship game before settling for the runner-up spot.

Coach Stacy SalinasCoach Stacy Salinas, the Coach of the Year in boys swimming and diving, does quadruple-duty, coaching both the boys and girls teams at both Rio Rancho and Cleveland High Schools.  She was the Rams’ coach in the years before Cleveland opened, and since the opening of Cleveland in 2009 has been responsible for both programs.  Coach Salinas is also Cleveland’s student council (StuGo) teacher and advisor and the school’s activities director.