Athletics

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.

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, Athletic Director

Rainy Crisp is from Shiprock NM. She shares 3 kids with significant other, Roddell Denetso: Dontrelle Denetso, Nijrelle Denetso, and Dejahnelle Denetso. Rainy graduated from Navajo Prep in 1998 and attended Arizona State University. After getting her degree in Exercise Science/Secondary Education, she came back to Navajo Prep and begin her teaching career in Physical Education & Health. Throughout the 11 years, Ms. Crisp also taught Fitness Training, Junior/Senior Seminar, was a Class Sponsor multiple of times, the Tobacco Use, Prevention, and Control Coordinator, and a Coach. In 2013 Ms. Crisp received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education and in 2016 received her Administrative License.

Being physically active, sports, and being a positive role model is very important to Ms. Crisp. She knows that not everyone will play sports at the college level, but while they are in high school, to make it the most positive and memorable experience. This is done by hiring coaches who are positive and have the kids best interest at heart. Being a graduate of Navajo Prep, Ms. Crisp knows that big things can happen for student-athletes. Ms. Crisp says that many people believe that since Navajo Prep is a small school, their chances of playing at the college level is slim to none. She is the perfect example that you can play for a Division 1 school coming from Navajo Prep!

Head Volleyball and Basketball Coach, Rainy Crisp

Rainy Crisp is going on her 9th year of Head Volleyball Coach and 13th year as Head Girls Basketball Coach. Ms. Crisp was a standout at Navajo Prep School, participating in basketball and track & field.  Under late Basketball Coach Robert Adams, they won 3 State Championships in Basketball and was honored as NM Player of the Year twice. The success carriers over to Track & Field where Ms. Crisp is a four time State Champion in Long Jump and the 100m Dash under Coach Earl Crisp. Ms. Crisp attended Arizona State University where she played basketball for four years for the Lady Sun Devils. In her junior year, the Lady Sun Devils advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament. After getting her degree she returned to Navajo Prep as a teacher and coach. Ms. Crisp is currently in her 9th season as Volleyball Coach and 13th season as Girls Basketball Coach. Within those seasons, Coach Crisp has brought back 2 State Runner-Up in Volleyball, 2 State Runner-up and a State Championship in Basketball. She is most proud that her players succeed academically and graduate with honors. Many of her players have played at the college level. Coach Crisp says the best thing about coaching and teaching is making a difference in a young person’s life. She feels the most rewarding award is when your former students/athletes come back and say “thank you”.

Head Boys Basketball Coach, Rich Hoerner

Rick Hoerner is originally from Casper, Wyoming but has been in Farmington since 1989. Him and his wife, Mary Schumacher-Hoerner, have been married for 26 years and have two children Glen, 26 and Kira, 21.  Coach Hoerner, a graduate of University of Wyoming, has been coaching at Navajo Prep for 2 years. Previously he was the lead assistant for Piedra Vista girls basketball team, the Head Boys basketball coach at Piedra Vista for 9 years and an assistant at Farmington High for four years. Coach Hoerner also coached baseball for the Panthers and won 2 State Championships back in Wyoming. Coach Hoerner says the best thing about coaching is seeing young children at their best!

Head Baseball Coach, Austin Rochford

Austin Rochford is originally from Durango, Colorado. He has been coaching at Navajo Prep for 2 years. Coach Rochford is also the Junior Varsity Basketball Coach for the Eagles. In high school, he was All Conference in Baseball and Basketball. Coach Rochford says the best thing about coaching is interacting with the kids and getting them ready for college sports.

Head Softball Coach, Bryan Heaston

Bryan Heaston is originally from Farmington, NM. After graduating from Farmington High School, coach Heaston played football and baseball at Mt. San Jacinto Junior College. Coach had a successful career, being named All Foothill Conference as a freshman and sophomore. He declined a contract with the Houston Astros to finish his education. Coach Heaston transferred to Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky and continued his education and baseball career. As a junior, Coach played on both sides of the battery; starting catcher and closing pitcher. He was again named Foothill Conference in both roles. His senior year, the team went 11-2 with 3 saves. They were ranked 7th in the NAIA with a 2.05 ERA, 8th in strikeouts per nine innings (9.75) and 10th in winning percentage (.846).  This tied the school record with 90 strikeouts in a season. Coach Heaston was named the NAIA 2nd team All American, 1st team All-Region and 1st team All-Conference.  He then begin his pro career with Richmond who went 3-3 with 11 saves and a 3.70 ERA (41.1 IP, 17 ER) in 36 games. He helped Richmond to the league title.  Coach then signed with Seattle Mariners during title run. He played 9 seasons chasing the dream professionally and coached during professional time as well. Coach Heaston had the honor to coach and play professionally with Doc Edwards out of San Angelo as a pitching coach.

Coach Heaston began coaching at Navajo Prep in 2013 as an assistant then was offered the Head coaching job in 2014. In two seasons at the helm Prep has had 8 all district selections, MVP and a District championship (undefeated district run) and births in state playoffs winning in each first round. Coach Heaston also earned District Coach of the Year. Coach Heaston says he is extremely passionate about coaching. He puts his heart and soul into the development of young athletes and teaches them accountability that will no doubt influence them in life to succeed.

Head Cross Country & Track & Field Coach, Stephanie Zahne Coon

Stephanie Zhane Coon is originally from Coalmine Mesa, Arizona. She attended Tuba City High School in Tuba City Arizona. She currently lives in Waterflow, NM with her husband and 2 daughters. Coach Coon was introduced to coaching 17 years ago and has been coaching at Navajo Prep for the last 7 years, with 2 of those years as the Assistant Track & Field Coach at Navajo Prep. Under Coach’s tenure, the Lady Eagles Cross Country team has been State Runner up for 2 years. The Lady Eagles made history and become the 2012 State Champions, first in schools history! The Eagles Cross Country team took 3rd in State in 2012 and 1215. The Lady Eagles had been District Champions every year Coach Coon has been coaching.

Head Football Coach, Victor Crawford

Victor Crawford is from Bloomfield, NM. He graduated from Bloomfield High School and earned his degree from New Mexico Highlands. He is married to Michelle Crawford and has a daughter Myranda and a son Marcus. Coach Crawford has been coaching various sports for over 22 yrs. Within those 22 years, he has coached Football, Strength & Conditioning, Wrestling, Baseball, MMA, and Self-Defense. He has certifications with USA – Weightlifting as a Sport Performance Coach as well as a Certified Bigger Faster Stronger Coach. Several of his athletes have gone on to play in college in various sports. In the spring of 2012, Coach Crawford was Navajo Prep’s Strength & Conditioning Coach and now the 2016 Head Football Coach. The thing that Coach Crawford enjoys most about coaching is giving back to the sports that have given so much to him. He enjoys seeing young men develop and improve themselves not only as players but as citizens as well.

Head Cheerleading Coach, Jolene Fernandez

Jolene Fernandez is from Huerfano, NM. She is a graduate from Navajo Prep. She is currently attending San Juan College getting her degree in Mathematics. This is Coach Fernandez’s first year coaching as she was one of Navajo Prep’s Captain of the cheerleading squad. What she enjoys most about coaching is seeing each achievement an athlete makes as an individual and as a team.

Head Golf Coach, Fernando Azofeifa Archibald

Fernando Azofeifa Archibald was born in Tony Fazio, Limon, Costa Rica. He attended high school at Colegio Tecnico Profesional Agropecuario de Batan and received his college degree fom Universdad National de Costa Rica. He has one daughter, Sofia Phoenix Azofeifa Crook, and a son Azarios Atahualpa Azofeifa. Coach Azofeifa was the Assistant Soccer Coach for 3 years at Navajo Prep and now took on the head coaching position for golf. Coach Azofeifa says he enjoys most about coaching is the art to teaching others how to become better in life.

Head Coach Girls Soccer, Stacy Irwin

Hello, my name is Stacy K. Irwin. I was born in Seattle, Washington so that is why I’m a Seattle fan of the soccer team the Seattle Sounders and the Seattle Seahawks. I move to New Mexico in January 1975 to find work and to start my life after graduating from Auburn Adventist Academy high school in 1973. There at Auburn Academy I did play four years of basketball and was starter from freshman year. After I moved to New Mexico and marry in March 1976 to Tracey and had three kids, Jenny, Frank and Kaitlyn. My oldest one was a book worm so sports was not her thing but the other two was a different story. That’s how I got into soccer and found out what a beautiful sport it was. In 1996 is the year I got into coaching and refereeing soccer games. I was fortunate to be good enough to be pick for eight regional playoff games and three state NMAA championship playoff games in Albuquerque in 2007, 2008 and 2010. In 1996 got my “E” license in coaching and since then climb the ladder in coaching with level one and two in goalkeeping. Got my “D” state license in 2005 and retook the course in 2010. Got level one for high school and started the ground work in 2010 at Navajo Prep for the lady eagle’s soccer team. In 2011 field our first team and started making history at prep. Been at Navajo Prep six great years coaching the soccer team and I like to set the team high on a pedestal for the hard work they do. Our first year was great as a lot of the girls where learning the game. Then in second year we was put in a very difficult district, but that just made us stronger. 2015 was a good year as had three girls in all district and also in all state honors. Darien Nelson got full ride scholarship to Coffeyville Community College and become our first girl to get scholarship in soccer. 2016 is our year as we have broken records for wins, scores and goal keeper percentage. When I look at this team, we can set and break more records to come. Players like Kelly Charley, Sunny Nez, Nizhoni Tallas, Nichelle Silversmith, Janelle Buffalo, Taryn Yazzie, Naakii Brown, Geena Tsosie, Kylie Begay, Audrey Shorty, Megan Wato, Tionna Garner, Makenzie Nez, and Emma Mohs. What I enjoy out of coaching is seeing the looks and smiles on their faces that they worked hard, practiced hard and played the game hard. To see them know that they can play a game that is played worldwide and enjoy. To see them get a scholarship in something they love doing and working as a team and getting that leadership quality. To me it’s not about the coaches, it’s the players that do all the work on the field, they have to think on their own, we just give them the tools in their minds and in one step on the field they have to make a decision what to do or where to go. Not only is soccer a physical game it’s a thinking game also. Not only do the girls work hard but also work hard and learn the Navajo Prep way.


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