Three new varsity head coaches were introduced to the community via virtual announcements in June and July at Americas High School for the 2020-2021 school year.
Teisha King was named as the new girls varsity basketball coach on June 2. King most recently was a coach at Ysleta High School and has seven years’ experience as a coach and math teacher. She started her teaching career in Midland, Texas.
She graduated from Americas High School in 2009 where she played basketball and ran track and cross country. She was awarded First Team All-District and El Paso City MVP her senior year in 2009. After high school she went on to play at the college level at Western Texas College and The University of Texas the Permian Basin.
“I’m so excited to come back to Americas High School,” King said. “I’ve always carried my Blazer pride with me throughout my journey, so I can’t wait to get back on the court to continue the tradition of being a Trailblazer.”
Principal Patricia Cuevas, assistant principals, current Americas coaches and student-athletes welcomed King to Americas during the virtual announcement.
“We are excited to have her comeback to be a Trailblazer,” Cuevas said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her that we are very excited about.”
During her time as a Trailblazer, King was part of a team that won several district titles and that attended many playoffs. While at The University of Texas the Permian Basin, her team was the first to win two conference championships and make two NCAA appearances. After graduating with a degree in mathematics, she went on to play overseas in Bosnia, Herzegovina.
The Americas High School administration and coaches also welcomed Erica Guerrero as the new varsity volleyball coach and Jose Valles as the new girls varsity soccer coach at their virtual announcement on July 14.
Guerrero is an El Paso native who graduated from Montwood High School in 1995 where she played volleyball, softball and basketball. She completed her 20th year of teaching and coaching all within the El Paso area and has been a head volleyball coach for 12 years.
“I am very grateful that Americas High School gave me the chance and opportunity to return to head coaching,” Guerrero said. “I plan to make that my new home.”
Valles is also an El Paso native who has been coaching for 12 years. He started his high school coaching career as a junior varsity soccer coach at Americas High School. Valles became an interim varsity head coach last year for the girls’ soccer program.
“I feel very lucky that I have already been part of this program the past couple years,” Valles said. “I feel we’ve been pretty successful in our program and I hope we can build on that success.”
Americas High School athletic coordinator Patrick Melton said the school’s sports programs have established culture of longevity with their coaches, which is paramount to success.
“I believe both coaches are great additions to our teams,” Melton said. “I look forward to working with them and making sure we keep the high caliber of athletics going here at Americas.”