Coronado High School Lacrosse Is El Paso’s Newest Club Sport
You might say that Coronado is becoming the new trend for hard to find high school sports. A few years ago, Tom Herman helped form the area’s first high school club hockey teams with both the T-Birds and the Franklin Cougars competing against teams from Texas and New Mexico. Now, the “Pride of the Westside” is taking on another popular non-traditional sport, lacrosse.
How did a sport that is most popular in the northeast part of the United States make it to El Paso? It started last year when Coronado’s Josh Gomez decided that he was too short to excel in most high school sports. However, lacrosse appealed to him, even though there were no competitive teams in El Paso. Gomez decided to form his own club team and with the help of friends and family, Coronado Lacrosse became reality in 2015.
Fast forward to their second season and suddenly the T-Birds have won three out of six games this season and are currently in fourth place out of nine high schools in the New Mexico High School Lacrosse Association standings. What is even more impressive is that other El Paso high schools are interested in joining Coronado in the near future. We interviewed Josh and his father Fernando (a volunteer assistant coach) on Sportstalk last Friday to talk more about how lacrosse is growing around El Paso's Westside.