In response to Ann Wright's letter to the editor, (Herald, Feb. 23), I would like to shed a different light on Coach
Chris Valdez. As a former Ignacio High athlete some nine years ago, I was on the wrong end of plenty of bad losses. I
played three sports for all four years of high school and had only one season that had as many wins as it did loses -
my senior year of basketball.
That was coach Valdez's first year as head boy's coach.
He previously was the IHS head girls coach where he had been very successful and had record numbers of girls in
Coach Valdez not only teaches the game, but teaches courtesy and sportsmanship. He is old school" in the sense the
kids may not use foul language and they wear ties on game day. He truly puts the kids first and pushes them to be their
For two summers while I was in school, he took us to camps while he was the girls coach because the boys coach could
not make time for it. Coach Valdez was by far the best mentor and confidence builder I ever was around in school.
As far as the record-setting goes, those boys earned that. Their last home game as seniors, trying to build momentum to
win a state championship, they earned it. They could have broken the record at Nucla, but Valdez would not let them. I
would be willing to bet if the tables were turned and Wright's son was on the dream team," her opinion would be
different. Oh, and the last time I checked, cheering for your team is not bad sportsmanship.
So thanks to coach Valdez and all he has done. Go win that championship!
Kevin L. Hronich, Ignacio