Eastlake High School named two new head coaches to their athletic program ahead of the 2020-2021 sports seasons.
The new coaches, Miguel Saldana and Noe Velarde-Varela, were both introduced via a virtual announcement earlier this month, by Eastlake High School athletic coordinator Ruben Rodriguez and principal Gilbert Martinez.
“Today we will be introducing two very special young men who have been part of our Eastlake family directly for the last couple of years,” Rodriguez said. “Both have been a positive contribution to our campus and our student-athletes here at Eastlake.”
Saldana, who was named the head coach for boys and girls track, is a physical education teacher at Col. John O. Ensor Middle School and started his eighth year in education this school year.
“I look forward to extending my coaching career at Eastlake High School and continue to serve the students in our community,” Saldana said.
He has coached many extracurricular activities, managed the athletic program, and was honored as the 2019 Campus Teacher of the Year at Ensor Middle School.
Velarde-Varela, who was named the head coach for girls’ soccer, is also in his eighth year of teaching and is an educator at Desert Wind School.
“I’m very happy to be here and very blessed to have this opportunity,” Velarde-Varela said. “Eastlake is a powerhouse and a family, and that is something that I want to be a part of.”
He has been the Desert Wind athletic coordinator for four years and was the 2020 interim head coach for girls’ soccer at Eastlake. In that time, he led Desert Wind School to win the 2017 SISD boys soccer district championship and led the Eastlake High School girls’ team to win the 2020 District 2-5A Championship, which earned them a playoff spot.
Both coaches are Socorro High School graduates and are excited to continue their journey with Team SISD.
“You’ve got big shoes to fill, you’ve got district titles to win and you have to get us a state title,” Martinez said. “But, in doing all of that, never forget why you’re here and that is to take care of our kids.”