COACH MARK LOPEZ
Mark Lopez enters his fifth year at the helm of the Las Cruces High School Bulldawg Football program. A man of vision with a proven record of success, Coach Lopez and the Dawgs boast an impressive 38-12 overall record including undefeated District Champs in 2016, 2017 and 2019. Lopez’s consistent motivation and disciplined leadership are reasons the Dawgs are known for their unbridled determination, resilience and grit; often overcoming adversity to achieve victory, both on and off the gridiron.
A lineage infused with LCHS culture and tradition, the red and blue bloodline runs deep. Coach Lopez’s dad, Joseph Lopez, was a Las Cruces High graduate and member of the 1959 state basketball championship team. Coach Lopez continued the tradition as a 1992 graduate, 3-year letterman in football, basketball and baseball; ultimately being named “The Greatest Bulldawg” his senior year.
Staying true to the red and blue, Coach Lopez began his coaching career in 1998 on the baseball diamond, followed by a rewarding, 18-year coaching tenure alongside former football head coach, Jim Miller. With Lopez as quarterback coach for the Dawgs, the gifted QB talent of his brother, James Lopez, and teammates brought home back-to-back state championships in 1999 and 2000. In addition, Coach Lopez has been Offensive Coordinator since 2007 and has coached defensive backs, quarterbacks, defensive ends, wide receivers, and special teams during his 20-year career with Las Cruces High.
An NMSU graduate who earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, Coach Lopez and his wife, Luisa, have three children, Aleah, Marcos and Samuel. Aleah will return to Gonzaga University for her senior year and continues to work towards her degree in Biology. Marcos will be a senior at LCHS, and plays baseball (P and 2B) and football (QB) for the Dawgs. Last but not least, Samuel (Sammy) will be in second grade at Mesilla Elementary and currently plays T-ball with Coach Pitch. Go Dawgs!!
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STATE RUNNER UP–