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Cooper continues to shine as AD of the Year


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It is good to be Britt Cooper these days. It seems like he has the Midas touch in everything he has set his hand to. He is a four-time state basketball championship coach, with a list of accomplishments that can fill up a chapter in a book.

Like the legendary John Wooden of UCLA and Al McGuire of Marquette University, he decided to retire on top. Britt, after winning his last state title for Roswell with a 74-53 win over Capital, decided to retire on top after 30 years of coaching.

Cooper took a year off to spend time with his wife, Anjay, enjoyed his son, Sterling, and daughter, Desiree. Enjoying retirement, Britt decided to apply for the athletic director job when it opened up after Troy Hudson departed.

“I wanted to give back to the community,” he said. “I wanted to help make coaches’ jobs easier and give them the tools to be successful.”

In his first year on the job as athletic director, Britt was selected as the 5A Athletic Director of the Year by New Mexico Activities Association on Monday.

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Tammy L. Richards, AD liaison with the New Mexico Activities Association, said to the AD of the Year honorees, “It is my pleasure to inform each of you that you have been selected as AD of the Year in your respective classifications. Each of you will receive your award at this year’s Fall Conference during the luncheon on Monday, Sept. 30.”

One of Britt’s main goals when he took over the job was to be visible at as many RISD events in his purview as possible. The next thing he wanted to do was hire an assistant to help him attend the middle school events. Cooper went to every state competition last year, cross country, football, baseball, cheer and dance, etc.

He has done that and hired assistant athletic director, Dennis Montanez.

When he was hired he told all the coaches and parents that he would be neutral and fair to both schools.

“I want to see both schools do well,” Britt said. “To me it’s not just Roswell or Goddard anymore, it’s one. When Goddard does well at state or Roswell does well at state, we all do well. I’m for RISD.”

Don Alsup was and is a big mentor to Britt, especially since he’s taken over the job. He is a man who Britt has tried to emulate in his approach to being a good AD. Britt tried to follow his example, and still bounces ideas off of Alsup from time to time.

“It was a surprise to me,” Britt said. “It’s a great honor to me to be named 5A AD of the year when you have that many great ADs across the state. There are people that have been doing it a lot longer than me, so it’s nice to see.”

Britt has been progressive as an AD, making changes to programs and staying innovative to make the programs the best they can be. Britt helped usher in the new turf — one of the goals was to replace the turf at the Wool Bowl since it was 12 years old. He also has bought a new scoreboard for DeBremond Stadium, on Friday.

He is trying to update facilities with the funds available. They recently repainted the basketball floors at Goddard this summer and refinished all of the middle school gyms as well as the high schools.

“It is alway great to have support from my family because I’m gone a lot,” Cooper said.

For this year, Britt is looking to be more accessible to the coaches, players and parents and is open to suggestions to make his job better. Britt feels that he could not do his job as effectively without the help of his assistants: Anjanette Ogas, Sue-z Gonzales.

“Congratulations on being selected for this award!” Richards said. “You stood out amongst your peers, and are very greatly appreciated by all!”

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

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