Pecos Protestors Support Coach Henson

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

PECOS - Signs were held high and voices heard loud and clear. About a hundred students and parents hit the streets of Pecos to show support for their former head football coach, Chris Henson.

"We're losing a great staff member here. We should have a say on things too. This is our school and this is family and friends they're ruining here," Alyson Reynolds said.

Henson was contacted by new superintendent Santos Lujan on Wednesday only to find out Lujan's vision for the athletic department did not include him. Instead, Henson was offered another administrative spot in the district. 
Henson turned down the offer, and says he will seek other opportunities elsewhere, but many Henson supporters say they're outraged by the way things have ended.

"They're going to bring people from Kermit; we don't want them here.  Our coach has done a lot for us and achieved a lot since he's been here," Pecos Parent, Louis Villalobos, said.

Many students who are protesting say they're willing to miss class all day, just to voice their opinion on the superintendent's decision to reassign their coach.

"Everyone is out here for him, you can tell he has a lot of support because he does all he can for us," Reynolds said.

Many protesters say although the decision to reassign Henson has been made, they say they hope that showing support for their former coach will go a long way.

"I really don't want our coach to leave. The community doesn't want it either. That's fine if the superintendent wants to stay, but please don't let our coach go," Villalobos said.

"If we can change their minds that's great, but mainly to open their eyes and see that we support him for as long as it takes, whatever it takes," Reynolds said.