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The third time’s the charm for Roswell High School’s boys basketball coach Britt Cooper. The Eastern New Mexico University alumnus’ team took home the Class 4A state championship trophy on March 15 after defeating the Los Lunas Tigers, 56-41.
Coach Cooper attributes his success to the “hard-working kids who have bought into the system and their willingness to put in the time to build the program into what it has become.”
One of the team members, junior Sterling Cooper, is Coach Cooper’s son.
“It is very special to have your son on a state championship team,” he said. “Not many coaches are fortunate enough to have that experience.”
The 6’6” coach grew up in Floyd. As an all-state player, Coach Cooper led the Floyd High School basketball team to a state championship appearance his senior year.
Coach Cooper attended ENMU for a year before transferring to Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, to play on their NCAA Division II basketball team.
Coach Cooper returned to ENMU two years later to complete his bachelor’s in physical education with a minor in social studies in 1986. He obtained his master’s in education administration from Eastern in 1993.
(L-R) Anjy, Britt, Sterling and Desiree Cooper
Before taking the head boys’ basketball coaching position at Roswell High School in 1994, he coached at Dora.
In 2010, the New Mexico High School Coaching Association named Coach Cooper as the New Mexico Coach of the Year and nominated him for the National Coach of the Year.
In a career consisting of three state titles and nearly 400 wins, Coach Cooper said he would “love to have the opportunity to coach at the collegiate level someday.”
|Coach Cooper and his state championship team|
|ENMU Grad Wade Fraze Also Leads Team to State Title|
ENMU grad Wade Fraze coached this year's Portales High School girls' team to the New Mexico Class 3A state basketball championship. They beat previously undefeated Shiprock, 62-59, in overtime in the championship game.
Coach Fraze has a 1993 bachelor's and 2000 master's from ENMU.
[read game article in cnjonline.com] (photos courtesy of Portales News-Tribune)
ENMU Greets Ciara Gilliland
photo and story by Desiree M. Cooper
"I love how there are no tourists and no traffic here.” – Ciara Gilliland
Eastern New Mexico University’s new Distance Education secretary, Ciara Gilliland, has lived around the world, but is happy to call Portales home.
“I love this town. It is so cute,” Mrs. Gilliland said. “I came from an area in Florida that had a lot of tourists. I love how there are no tourists and no traffic here.”
Mrs. Gilliland, whose favorite restaurant in Portales is the Roosevelt County Brewing Company, began working at ENMU on March 17. Despite being here for only a short time, she is already enjoying the university’s environment.
“Everyone I have met since starting here are the nicest people, like genuinely nice,” she said.
The owner of Baxter, a ginger cat, is responsible for timesheets, filing items, and “scanning like a pro.”
The avid reader was born in West Germany. As a child in a military family, she had the opportunity to live in Colorado, Arizona, Japan, Germany and Florida.
Mrs. Gilliland, who has a bachelor’s in history and international studies from Saint Leo University near Tampa, worked for a home organization company while in Florida.
“I was designing closet spaces and offices, teaching people how to organize those spaces and showing them how to keep them organized,” she explained.
Her love of organizing goes beyond her career: Mrs. Gilliland confessed her favorite Christmas gift this year was a label maker.
“I like organizing my house,” she said.
Her father is retired from the Air Force. Her mother, who works as a third-party advocate for children in the legal system, is of Irish descent.
“My mother is from Ireland, which is why I have an Irish name. The name Ciara is quite common there. There is no letter K in the Gaelic alphabet,” she said, explaining the pronunciation of her first name.
Despite appearing to sound like see-ARE-uh, Mrs. Gilliland’s first name is actually pronounced Keer ah.
Mrs. Gilliland has two brothers. Both have served in the Air Force, and one is now a consultant.
Her husband, Robert, is also in the Air Force.
“I always swore I would never date someone in the Air Force, but that didn’t happen. My dad brought that up during his speech at my wedding,” Mrs. Gilliland said with a laugh.
|TV Cameraman Returns to Campus
(photos by Desiree M. Cooper)
ENMU grad Vincent Rodriguez (blue jacket), who now works as a cameraman for KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, returned to campus on Thursday to talk to broadcast production students.
David Plaza (ENMU MA in Anthropology, 2013) and Dr. John Montgomery (Professor, Anthropology and Applied Archaeology) presented a joint paper “Preserving Heritage Using Legacy Archaeological Collections and GIS Geodatabases” at the 74th annual meeting of The Society for Applied Anthropology held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 18-22, 2014.
Lawrence Nelson has published a book chapter "Ambulance Operations in Support of Disaster Operations. In S. Lockwood" (Ed.), Management of Ambulance Services (pp. 405-425). Upper Saddle River, NJ, USA: Pearson.
ENMU grad Jamie Dickerman, a lifelong New Mexican, announced the upcoming release of her newest book, On the Trail. The novel is published by Triplicity Publishing, LLC.
“It is an honor to work with Triplicity and to be able to pursue my passion of writing even more in depth than I have done in the past,” said Dickerman. “This story is incredibly dear to my heart, as it seeks to explain and personalize the career in which I spent six years of my life. Most of the time, people see political operatives and campaign workers as dehumanized and easily categorized, when the truth is that each of them are struggling to find the balance of managing their work and personal lives. I’m honored to have received a publishing contract and am sincerely grateful to all who have supported my writing endeavors—both past and present.”
On the Trail tells the story of a rag-tag campaign team, who must learn to ride the rollercoaster of ups and downs provided by the politico lifestyle. Surviving mainly on pre-packaged snack foods, next to zero sleep, and snarky humor, this unlikely team faces the ugly truths of the campaign cycle as their world is turned upside down by the scandal of the century. Its sequel is in the works and will also be published by Triplicity.
“While I have worked on my share of campaign teams, this story is purely fictional and meant only to entertain,” continued Dickerman. “I believe that this novel showcases the ways in which I have grown as an author, and it is my hope that it will be an enjoyable read for all.”
About the Author – Jamie Dickerman is originally from Clovis, New Mexico and now resides in Albuquerque. She has worked as a press writer, a grant writer, a political operative, and a campaign staff member, and she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Eastern New Mexico University. Currently, she works in marketing and public relations and writes novels in her spare time. She has previously self-published titles including: Blackout; Dreaming Out Loud; Sugar, Spice, Fire and Ice; and Facing the Storm—all of which are available on Amazon.
About On the Trail - Political campaigns may seem shiny from the outside, but there's always scandal lurking just below the surface. When Kailey Ryan is thrust into the world of scandal, drama, and high-energy campaigning, her life is turned upside down. As she works alongside seasoned politico, Chris Duncan, to help elect the beautiful and poised Adrienne Jackson to the U.S. House of Representatives, they must navigate the murky waters of saving face in a world where appearances are everything—and where everyone has a secret.
When romance heats up between Kailey and Chris, the boat is rocked by the entrance of Chris’s old flame, Jenny Wilkins. As the three twenty-something’s deal with the stress of the political lifestyle, as well as trying to maintain normal personal lives, they are faced with the shock of their lives when it becomes apparent that there is more to Adrienne Jackson than meets the eye. As Adrienne's darkest secret becomes public knowledge, splashed about in tabloid-style, the team must band together and find out if their shrewd strategies are enough to salvage the campaign from public relations wreckage through the trial by fire tactics of the life “on the trail."
ENMU grad Dr. Joanna Castner Post recently passed away.