Track and Field

Pusch Ridge running coach Elmer Yazzie is set to retire, sort of


Elmer Yazzie (Andy Morales/

Elmer Yazzie (Andy Morales/

Elmer Yazzie has been the head cross country and track coach at Pusch Ridge since 2005 and an art teacher at the school for a couple of years before that. But he is heading home now, back to New Mexico, to teach art and coach with his daughter Autumn Newell at the Rehoboth Christian School just outside of Gallup.

Yazzie had a very successful coaching career at Rehoboth with seven state championships and seven runner-up finishes in the 19 years he was there. He moved to Tucson and his Pusch Ridge girl’s cross country team collected three straight runner-up finishes 2011 to 2013 while his boy’s squad took second in 2012 and third in 2013. His boy’s track team took second in 2014 while the girl’s won back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013….



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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at


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