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Coach Profiles


Head Coach, 5th Season

Office Phone: (575) 624-8275
Head Coach Randy Montoya

Randy Montoya was already a well-known, successful coach in the Pecos Valley when he came from Hagerman to take over the helm of the Colt football team in 2011.

As head coach of the Bobcats from 2007-2011, he took Hagerman to the Class A state championship in 2009; finished as state runners-up in 2010; and to the state semi-finals in 2007 and 2008.

He was named Coach of the Year for District 2A football in 2009 and ’10, and was the recipient of the 2010 Chaves County Character Counts Coach of the Year award for football.

With NMMI, Montoya took his team to the state playoffs in 2011 and 2013-2015. Playing in AAAA, the Colts finished in the top 10 in the big-school division in 2014-15.

Montoya also coached track at both NMMI (2011-2015) and Hagerman (2007-2011.) The Colt track team won back-to-back District 7AA championships in 2013 and ’14, taking third at state in 2013 and fifth in 2014. In 2012, he coached Colt Chris Otero to a AA state title in discus.

He was named NMMI Associate Athletic Director in the 2014-2015 school year.

Prior to coaching at Hagerman, he was the freshman football coach at Goddard High School from 2006-07 and assistant football coach, along with his father, Joe Montoya, at Mesa Middle School from 2005-06.

He also coached boys and girls basketball and boys and girls track at Mesa.

As a player, Montoya played football for Goddard High School, helping his team to the 1997 AAAA state championship. He played in the 1999 AAAA North/South All-Star football game. He then went on to play football for four years at Eastern New Mexico University while earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

He was a part of the 1999 and 2000 teams that were co-champions of the Lone Star Conference South, and earned second-team All-LSC at fullback and first-team All-Academic honors.

Montoya is married to Sonya and has a son, Isaiah, and daughter, Aniston.


Assistant Coach, 18th Season

Office Phone: (575) 624-8275

Assistant Coach Charlie WardCharlie Ward has been coaching at NMMI since 1998.

The Alpine, Texas, native arrived at the school in 1998 as an assistant Colt football coach, a position he holds to the present day. In 2000, he took over as the head Colt baseball coach, where he’s amassed a career record of 240-205 for a .539 winning percentage.

With the Colt baseball team, he won back-to-back Class AAA New Mexico State Championships in 2000 & 2001; coached the South All Stars in the 2004 & 2010 New Mexico North/South AAA All Star game.

He took the team to the regional playoffs from 2000-2002; the first round of state playoffs in 2003, 2007-08, 2010, and 2014-16; the state quarterfinals in 2006, 2008, and 2011-2013; and the state semi-finals in 2014.

Before coming to NMMI, he was the football, basketball and track head coach at Mesa Middle School from 1990-98; the girls basketball head coach at Mesa from 1990-92; the head track coach at Hagerman High School from 1987-90: head Bobcat volleyball coach from 1986-87; assistant Hagerman football coach from 1985-90; and the football, basketball and track head coach at Hagerman Middle School from 1985-90.

Ward is a 1979 graduate of Alpine High School and a 1984 grad of Sul Ross State University in Alpine, where he earned his bachelor’s degree.

He has three sons, Robert, Raymond and Charlie III; a daughter, Misty; and five grandchildren,  Saray, Sanjoli, Josiah, Jeshua, and Roman

Prominent Pupils

Angel Reyes (2013) attending US Military Academy (West Point)

Scott Schwab (2012-2013) attending US Military Academy (West Point)

John Bohnhoff (2009-2011) attending US Military Academy (West Point)

J.J. Donovan (1998-01) attended US Naval Academy

Brock Yowell (2000-01) attended US Air Force Academy

Ben Post (2000-01) attended Lamar C.C. and Oklahoma City University

Charlie Ward, III (2001-02) attended Trinidad St. J.C. and Eastern New Mexico University


Assistant Coach, 5th Season

Office Phone: (575) 624-8275

Assistant Coach Kenny PittmanKenny Pittman is an Artesia native who currently teaches health at Goddard High School and is an assistant coach in both football and baseball at NMMI.

He took the assistant positions in the fall of 2011, and, while serving as the assistant football/baseball coach at Goddard from 1995-2011, he was also the assistant baseball coach for the Broncos baseball team in 2000-2002.

Prior to that, Pittman was an assistant coach for football at Levelland High School (Texas); Stanton HS (Texas); Hobbs; Eunice; and Portales. He was the head baseball coach at Levelland from 1988-1995 and at Eunice from 1985-86 and assistant baseball coach Levelland, Hobbs and Portales.

He coached football teams to two state championships; four state championship appearances; and 21 playoff appearances. He also coached an All-South All-Star game.

In baseball, he had four state semifinal appearances and 19 playoff appearances. He coached the 1986 USA Today High School Pitcher of the Week. (Kevin Phillips, Eunice vs. Denver City, 10-0 no hitter with 20 strikeouts.

He won the 2016 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Distinguished Service Award for New Mexico and the 1996 FCA Coach of the Year for New Mexico.

Pittman is proud of his time at the Institute, both as a coach and parent.

“We have been associated with NMMI for over 15 years,” he said. “All of my children have attended school at NMMI, either high school or junior college with no regrets. It was an easy choice but a tough road for my family, with great rewards at the end of the journey. I have coached for 35 years throughout Texas and New Mexico and what I like about coaching at NMMI is that it is real coaching. We don’t get the same kids from year to year so every year it’s starting over with kids, sometimes who have never played the game and then develop them into a team.”

Pittman’s family includes his wife Judy, an attorney/domestic violence commissioner; daughter Laurie, NMMI-JC ‘03, Flight Nurse/Director of NMMI Infirmary; son, Capt. Sam Spencer- Pittman, NMMI-HS ‘05/NMMI-JC ‘07/The Citadel ’10, U.S. Army; daughter McKaylee, NMMI-HS ‘11/NMMI-JC ’13/ECP/2nd Lt. U.S. Army Norwich University, 2016; son Satchel, NMMI-HS, 2016; and their dog, Ranger

Athletes coached that went on to the next level

Ryan Price (Goddard HS ‘96) Colorado Rockies

Brandon Clausen (Goddard HS ‘97) New York Yankees/Cincinnati Reds/Washington Nationals

Hobie McClain (Goddard HS ‘09) Clarendon JC/University of New Mexico

Jay Alsup (Goddard HS ‘96) Howard College/Texas Tech University

Eric Zagone (Goddard HS ‘08) Grambling / Indiana Tech/Joliet Slammers (Frontier League)

Mike Mancias (Levelland HS ‘94) University of Texas

Steven Ochoa (Levelland HS ‘90) Central Missouri/JUCO All-American

Jacob Villareal (Goddard HS ’01) NMMI-JC / Eastern New Mexico University

Corey Price (Goddard HS ‘00) Eastern Az/North Alabama University

Aaron Stone (Goddard HS ‘00) Lubbock Christian University

Peter Martinez (Goddard HS) St. Paul Saints (American Baseball Assoc.)

Raymond Gonzales (Goddard HS ‘06) New Mexico Highlands University

Jose Rodriquez NMMI-JC ‘01 / Texas State University

Matt Sanchez NMMI-JC / Winnepeg Goldeneyes (American Baseball Assoc.)

Ryan Weems (Goddard HS ‘99) TCU / Ft. Worth Cats (American Baseball Assoc.)

Keith Phillips (Eunice HS ‘86) NMSU

Anthony Inman (Stanton ’88) University of Arkansas

Josh Nine (Goddard HS ’06) NMJC/East Central Oklahoma

Steven Najar (Goddard HS ’06) NMJC

Justin Cooper (Goddard ’08) NMSU



Assistant Coach, 3rd Season

Office Phone: (575) 624-8280


Mike Guerrero has been a coach at NMMI and other Roswell schools since 1995.

After graduating from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., in 1988, he began coaching football in his home town La Junta (Colo.) High School, where he was an assistant coach from 1988-90 and head coach from 1993-95.

In 1995, he moved to Roswell, where he coached football for Roswell High. He worked with linebackers from 1995-96 and 1999-2004, and was defensive coordinator from 1997-99.

The Coyotes’ defensive unit led the 1999 Roswell High team to the state semi-finals and to the 2000 AAAA state championship.

In 2004, he moved to NMMI, where he worked with the Broncos linebackers (2004); running backs (2005); and defensive line (2006.)

He moved to Berrendo Middle School as the head football coach from 2006-2012, taking the Bulldogs to six straight city titles.

He’s been with the Colt football team as an assistant coach from 2012 to the present, helping NMMI to state playoff berths in 2013, ’14 and ’15.

As a player with Adams State, Guerrero was a part of the Grizzly team that won the Aztec Bowl in 1987.

He is married to Kim, and has three sons, Josh, Cade and Jake; and a daughter, Kelley.

Prominent Pupils

Dontrell Moore (Roswell)

2000 NM Gatorade Player of the Year

Mizraim Farley (NMMI)

2004 Western States Football League second team linebacker.

Marc Evans (NMMI)

2005 Western States Football League second team running back.