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Athletics Overview

Message from Mike Tillman, Athletic Director:

Navajo Prep has an all around athletic program with many offerings. We continue to succeed in all sports by placing at the state level year in and year out and sending athletes to college with some receiving athletic scholarships. We encourage all students to join our Navajo Prep teams. 

 

Programs

To complement our academic program, the Athletic Department offers the
following interscholastic sports for students:

Football Cheerleading Softball  
Cross Country Basketball Baseball  Soccer
Volleyball Track & Field Golf  

 The Navajo Prep “Fighting Eagles” athletic program complies with the requirements of the New Mexico Activities Association.
NMAA website address: www.nmact.org

 

Philosophy

Student athletes must acknowledge that academics always take priority over athletics. Participation in athletics is a privilege, not a right. Athletes must earn this privilege through dedication, desire, discipline, and passing grades. Without the pursuit of these, athletes can in no way do justice to themselves or the school. NPS student athletes are disciplined to be good citizens and students. In order to achieve athletic excellence, athletes must be involved in practicing good sportsmanship and playing fairly. The faculty and staff of Navajo Prep believe that a tradition of winning is established and maintained upon these principles.


About Our Staff

Rainy Crisp, Head Volleyball Coach and Head Girls’ Basketball Coach

Rainy Crisp is a 1998 alumna of Navajo Prep and is from Shiprock, NM.  During her high school career, Coach Crisp was a part of three State Girls’ Basketball Championship teams and was a four-time State Champion in the Long jump event in Track & Field. Coach Crisp continued her education at Arizona State University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Education. During her years at ASU, Coach Crisp played for the Lady Sun Devils and was part of a PAC 10 Conference Champion team and made it as far as the Sweet 16 in the Women’s NCAA Tournament. Coach Crisp is entering her eighth year at Navajo Prep as Head Girls’ Basketball Coach and her sixth year as Head Volleyball Coach. Under her tenure the Lady Eagles are two-time State Runner-Ups in Volleyball and State Girls’ Basketball Champions.

Roderick Denetso, Head Football Coach and Head Baseball Coach

Roderick Denetso has coached at Navajo Preparatory School since 2011. Mr. Denetso is originally from Klaqetoh, AZ and is a graduate of Ganado High School, 1996. Mr. Denetso went on to pursue an athletic career at Arizona State University and a brief stint playing Pro Football overseas. Mr. Denetso holds six state records in Arizona in football offensive categories. Coach Denetso earned his Bachelor's degree in Family Studies/Human Development and Thematic in Education from ASU.  This past year, the NPS Eagles took District Champions for a second year in a row and had 12 All Conference players for the state of New Mexico in Division 2A.  The Eagles made it to the Quarterfinals for State Football and are looking forward to a strong team returning.

Stacy Irwin, Head Soccer Coach

Stacy Irwin graduated from Auburn Adventist Academy in 1973, in Auburn, Washington and relocated to to New Mexico in January 1975.  Coach Irwin has been coaching and refereeing soccer games since 1996. In the years refereeing high school he was picked to do seven regional playoff games and three state NMAA Championship playoff games in Albuquerque in 2007, 2008, & 2010. Coach Irwin got his State “D” license in coaching in 2005 and in 2009 went and received his NMYSA Coaching license for goalkeeper level one & two. In 2010 he began his Level one coaching for high school.  From 2001 to 2005, Coach Irwin has been the tournament director for the Four Corners Youth Soccer League. Since 2005, to date he has been the Vice Chairman for the FCYSL. Coach Irwin started coaching with Navajo prep in September 2010 laying the ground work for the next year.  2011 was the first year for soccer at Navajo Prep which we practice and play our games at San Juan College soccer field. NMAA put us in A/AAA District 4 in our second year. He hopes to see a lot of soccer girls that like to play soccer come to Navajo Prep not only to play & work hard for the game of soccer but also work hard and learn the Navajo Prep way.

Stephanie Mcdonald, Head Cross Country Coach

Stephanie Mcdonald has coached Cross Country at Navajo Prep for 4 years with 1 year as volunteer coach and 3 as Head Coach.  Coach Mcdonald is orginally from Tuba City, AZ and relocated from Utah 4 years ago to Farmington, NM.  Under her tenure, the Lady Eagles have been runner up for 2 years and were the 2012 State Champions with the Eagles placing for the first time in 3rd place at State.  The boys have been progressively improving and she is excited for next years' group of Cross Country students.  She has also served for 2 years as the Head Track/Field Coach and 1 year as the Assistant Track/Field Coach.  Overall, Coach Mcdonald brings 14 years of overall coaching experience to Navajo Prep in the areas of Cross-Country and Track/Field.   

 

 

 

 

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