Redding takes reins as football coach

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Quevin Redding, “Coach Q,” is the new Socorro High School football head coach.
The motto for this season is “All in.” These two small words are, without a doubt, calling for a change. But before any change can come, the Warriors need the community to help move our football program forward, so that our town might one day achieve the change that we have been hoping for.
It is time for our community to come back together as a family and for the Warriors to get back in to the state championship game.
SHS Athletic Director Damien Ocampo hasn’t been cleared yet to return to work by his doctors, following injuries sustained from an electrical-related incident last summer. He’s not sure if he can return to his duties in the fall.
“I’d like to get back out there soon. I really miss coaching already, so I’m not sure what’s going to happen in the fall,” Ocampo said. “I have to wait to see what the doctors tell me. Eventually, I will get back into it.”
He is excited about the upcoming season and to see what Redding does with the team.
“I’ve known (Redding) for a bunch of years, and it seems like he is really into throwing the ball. We haven’t thrown the ball in a couple of years, so I think it’s a good change for him, and I think that everybody is really excited to have him, including me,” Ocampo said.
Redding, originally from Atlanta, Ga., last coached at Centennial High School in Las Cruces. He said he plans to get out into the community and meet residents and business owners. Redding also hopes to create a website where people can access information on the football team and contact him. In the meantime if anyone would like to speak to him, Redding invites them to visit him at the school.
“I’m hoping to instill a style of football that gets people excited about football here in Socorro,” he said. “The one thing I want to accomplish with the players is understanding the process, and if we continue to follow the process and do the things we’re supposed to do, the wins will take care of themselves.”
The weightlifting program is already underway at the school. Redding is also hosting Tuesday morning quarterback school sessions, as well as offensive and defensive line school on Thursday mornings. He stresses that all positions are open, however.
“I’m a new coach, I don’t know what anybody can do,” Redding said. “I think our potential is limitless. Socorro’s always had good football; always had tough kids. And you combine that with the style of football that we’re going to play, I think the potential is great here. The upcoming season, we’re gonna have success. Were gonna have success because kids work hard.”