“ Our son Todd was once asked which coach he admired most in Jr High, High School and as a College Athlete; without hesitation he immediately said, Coach Sepulveda. (Notice not his dad.) However I totally agree with Todd.” -Gary Hveem, Athletic Director Rio Rancho.
“Coach Sepulveda is definitely on the top five of most admired men in my life.” -Scott Hutt Tiger Track 1972.“Everything I do in track and field as a coach; from organization to training of athletes, I learned from my years with Coach Bob Sepulveda.” -Dale Lindley, Coach Chaparral Junior High
“I can think of no better word to describe Coach Sepulveda’s character than Mana. In the New Zealand Maori culture one who has Mana carries with them a great deal of honor, presence, or prestige. This is Coach Sepulveda hugely respected and able to bring the best out of his athletes.” -Coach Lorne Singer (“Kiwi”), Tiger Track 1994
This book series, beginning with book 1, is an Alamogordo Tiger Tale of the Historical Crossroads of Football, Track & Field, and Cross Country In Building New Mexico Pride. Co-written by authors; Chris Edwards & Rene Sepulveda, the book series begins with the Alamogordo, New Mexico athletic program in 1916 and progresses through today. The focus is on the Track and Field and its paths that crossed into interscholastic football and cross country. The book is a comprehensive history that tells the stories of the many personalities from 1916 to 1996 that influenced New Mexico’s interscholastic sports in Track and Field, Cross Country, High School Football, and beyond. Coach Bob Sepulveda had the longest consecutive State Track & Field Winning streak in the 90s of any New Mexico Coach. The book highlights the records and the stories of hundreds of athletes.
The book series takes on the tough issues of the launch of national high school interscholastic sports standards, integration in the ’50s and ’60s, Title IX implementation and girls interscholastic championships, the politics around high school football, and more. The book series contains the records of 100s of high school athletes, rich in dialog and interviews with athletes, coaches, and community members. It tracks the successes and failures of some great athletes & coaches. The central characters in the book are Coach Bob and Marilyn Sepulveda paired with a variety of characters that played a role in the program success of the Alamogordo New Mexico Track and Field, Cross Country & Football programs. While the story is focused on a small town in New Mexico; it is national in scope; as many associated coaches and athletes had a national or international influence in athletics, politics, and world events with the common theme of all being touched by the Alamogordo Track & Field, Cross Country or Football programs, Coach Bob Sepulveda and his legacy
Stories include interviews and first-hand accounts of athletes and coaches some of which went on to the NFL, Olympic Trials, professional or political successes. No book would be complete without some tearful stories with tragic endings but overall this book will educate, inspire, and remind each of us of the good within each of us. Coach Bob Sepulveda, the central figure spent his entire adult life (30 years at Alamogordo High School)- imparting qualities in athletics that are supposed to carry over into life: teamwork, dedication, punctuality, leadership, sacrifice, and poise.
He’s certainly not alone, but his character, integrity, and influence, on so many people, goes well beyond the geographic bounds of Alamogordo or New Mexico. His story is one of hope and inspiration as is the story of his many athletes. “Coach Bob Sepulveda is just a good, hard-working coach and a good responsible person who cared about the kids in his charge. That for anyone who’s paying attention is all the message that’s necessary”, per a Commentary by Rich Wright Assistant Sports Editor, The Albuquerque Journal.