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Roswell baseball hires a coach

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Tyrell Curtis is the new head coach of the Roswell High baseball team. (J.T. Keith Photo)

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After an exhaustive search, Roswell baseball has finally hired a coach. Tyrell Curtis will be on the bench this spring replacing Carlos Marrujo III, who led the Coyotes to the playoffs in his three seasons as coach.

NMMI Bronco closing pitcher Tyrell Curtis picked up the save in a 4-2 win at home vs. Luna Community College on April 30, 2006. (NMMI Sports Press Photo)

Curtis played at New Mexico Military Institute for two seasons as a relief pitcher and went on to play at New Mexico Highlands University. After finishing college, Curtis served as the director of strength and conditioning at NMMI for six years.

The new RHS coach is from Farmington and started to get the itch to coach. Curtis worked with baseball but wasn’t able to coach at NMMI.

“Just thought it was time,” Curtis said. “It was time for me to get back into the game. I played with Carlos (Marrujo) — he’s a friend. I just felt it was time for me. I feel like I can bring different aspects to the game than other people can with my background.”

Curtis believes his knowledge of strength and conditioning — plus having played the game — will be an asset and help the young Coyotes in another aspect than what they have had before.

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“Getting the kids stronger is going to help us succeed later,” Curtis said. “Then my baseball background — I have played it all of my life. They are getting two qualities this community needs.”

Curtis feels like Goddard is always going to be one of the top programs in the state, but he feels with the right foundation, Roswell can be right there. Curtis thinks RHS has had some good players but has not reached their full potential. He thinks Goddard athletes reach their potential.

“When you watch the regionals the last two years,” Curtis said, “Roswell has been an out or a run away from being in an opening game. It’s not that talent overpowers, because in the end if someone works hard, a group of nine is going to beat a group of four any day. It’s just getting everybody to play that way.”

Watching from afar, Curtis feels like Roswell is so close to getting to their next level. He feels like they have been an out, or a hit away from a being a top-eight team rather than a bottom-eight team.

“I’m excited,” Curtis said. “I’m excited about what’s coming up and about the kids that are there. I’m excited about the kids coming up as well. The kids that are there now deserve the best, they are young. Just because they’re young doesn’t mean they are not ready now. I think a fresh face is going to help, to give them a different perspective and look. I’m excited because this team is close.”

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.

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