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David Sweet named Aztec High School athletic director

Goddard High graduate played college football at Fort Lewis and ENMU
David Sweet, formerly of Portales High School, has been chosen to be the new athletic director at Aztec High School. (Courtesy photo)

AZTEC – For David Sweet, the opportunity to return home was too good to pass up.

Sweet, originally from Farmington, will return to San Juan County to become the new athletic director at Aztec High School.

The Goddard High School graduate, who was a part of two state championship football teams between 2009 and 2012, was most recently a coach and teacher at Portales High School.

Sweet was tabbed as Aztec’s next athletic director this past week following the departure of Cory Gropp, who recently accepted the job as principal at Cobre High School.

Sweet, 30, was most recently a tennis and soccer coach at Portales High School and is excited to lead the athletics department at Aztec High School.

“It really is a dream spot for me,” Sweet said. “Athletics counts for a lot in a community like Aztec. Between the coaches, the athletes and the parents, it’s a real strong family element and that meant a lot to me.”

After high school, Sweet played football at Fort Lewis College for three seasons in 2013, 2014 and 2016, respectively. He did not play football in 2015, which left him with a year of eligibility.

Between 2017 and 2022, he took time off from school, got married, started a family, went back to school at Eastern New Mexico to get his Master’s Degree and used his final year of eligibility to play football at ENMU in 2022.

He even worked at Portales High while finishing his tenure at Eastern New Mexico.

As a member of the Greyhounds, Sweet played in 11 games, finishing the season with 17 total tackles including a season-high five tackles in a contest against Western New Mexico.

Sweet will officially take over as Aztec High athletic director around late July, while he and his family make plans to relocate.

“It’s a really unique scenario to be involved in something like this,” Sweet said. “The involvement of the community is overwhelming in Aztec, and I’m excited to be a part of it, see all the support for these kids and have everyone really get behind us.”

Aztec will open the prep sports calendar later this summer with the start of the football season. The Tigers will have a new coach in Nic Williams when they open at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium against Rio Grande on Friday, Aug. 23.

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