OJC Press Release ID: 2690

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


OJC announces new athletics staff
 

With the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, Otero Junior College is proud to announce the addition of several new athletic staff members.

Lucas Archuleta, originally from Rio Rancho, N.M., has joined OJC as the assistant Men’s Basketball coach. A Rattler Basketball alum, Archuleta was a leader on the 2012 team that clinched the Region IX championship and made it to the NJCAA National Tournament. Archuleta will also serve as an assistant dorm director.

Archuleta received an associate’s degree from Otero Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in finance from Fort Lewis College, and a master’s degree in sports administration from Northwestern State. Prior to his return to OJC, Archuleta served as a graduate assistant for Men’s Basketball at Northwestern State. He also had his own player development company called Limitless Basketball.

Archuleta’s goal is to develop his athletes into players who can move on to play at four-year schools to continue their college educations. “I want to coach and teach the game at the highest level and hopefully bring back another Region IX Championship to OJC, reach the pinnacle and win a national championship,” said Archuleta.

Outside of work, Archuleta enjoys working out, traveling, reading, golfing, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Gabriel Carreno is the new Men’s Soccer assistant coach. Carreno joins the OJC team from El Paso, Texas. He is currently studying Kinesiology with a concentration in exercise at the University of Texas – El Paso.

A standout soccer player in the Premier Development League and the North American Soccer League, Correno has coached for six years for club teams in Dallas and El Paso.

“I accepted this position for the challenge,” said Correno. “I want to be a part of a successful and historic men’s soccer team. My goals are to win everything possible while making sure our athletes receive opportunities in both education and athletics.”

Correno enjoys gathering with family and friends and all things related to soccer.

Cierra Cosslett, Grand Junction, joins the OJC team as Assistant Coach for Rattler Softball. Cosslett started for two years as a Lady Rattler pitcher and outfielder. She and her teammates won back to back Region IX championships in 2013 and 2014.

After earning an Associate of Science degree at OJC, Cosslett went on to study and play softball for Chadron State, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in general biology. Cosslett earned numerous awards throughout her playing career.

“I loved playing at OJC and I liked La Junta as a town,” said Cosslett. “This is the ideal job! My goal is to make the program like it was when I played here; when we dominated and won Region IX two years in a row. I also want to prepare the kids to move on to the next level.” As for Cosslett’s hobbies, it’s simple: eat, sleep, pitch, repeat.

Don Davis joins OJC athletics as the new golf coach. Davis is a La Junta resident who has spent many years on the golf course helping others learn the game. He is recently retired from a career as a nurse with the Veteran’s Administration. He is often at the golf course helping care for the course and the greens.

Abram Lopez, Rocky Ford, will add his expertise as Assistant Wrestling Coach, joining with Matthew Paeth, who moved up to Head Coach after assisting the program last year.

Lopez has been a Folkstyle director for Colorado USA Wrestling and previously worked as an assistant wrestling coach for the No Mercy School of Wrestling in Vista, Calif. He has an Associate of Arts degree in business from Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif., and is currently working on a BAS in operations management through Arizona State online.

“Southeastern Colorado has always had solid wrestling program,” said Lopez. “I see this position as a great way to get local kids to the next level of wrestling and expand their education opportunities.”

Lopez hopes to start building a wrestling dynasty for OJC as well as expand offseason wrestling opportunities, perhaps internationally.

Outside of work, Lopez enjoys reading books, playing chess and lifting weights.

Kendra Reid, Aurora, joins new Women’s Soccer head coach Cruz Cortes-Ortiz as assistant coach of the Lady Rattlers. Reid, a member of the inaugural Women’s Soccer team at OJC, is happy to be back on campus.

After beginning studies in sports medicine while playing soccer at OJC, Reid went on to study photography. She also coached for the Real Colorado Soccer Club and for the junior varsity team at Ponderosa High School.

“My goal is to make every student athlete I encounter feel like a part of the OJC family and help shape a great experience for them while they are here,” said Reid. “Mainly though, I want to help them succeed in their educational and athletic goals so they can have the future they want.”

In her free time, Reid enjoys soccer, photography, crafts, hair and makeup.

Morgan Wilkening of Haxton joins the Rattler athletic staff as assistant coach for Rattler Volleyball.

Wilkening graduated from CSU-Pueblo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in professional writing and minors in psychology and women’s studies. She played for current Rattler Volleyball head coach Jordan Willis while he was at CSU-Pueblo and has coached club volleyball.

“I came to OJC for the small town feel, the friendly atmosphere ant the learning potential,” said Wilkening. “My goals are to help bring OJC Volleyball to a higher standard, to provide a stronger student environment all around, and to put OJC Volleyball on the map as a new threat.”

Wilkening’s hobbies include reading, playing volleyball and watching movies.

Drew Wold, Aurora, is the new assistant coach for Rattler Baseball. A Rattler alum who played for Head Baseball Coach Chris Carrillo, Wold brings experience and an understanding of Otero athletics to the position.

After leaving OJC as a student, Wold went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and finance from Adams State University. Most recently he served as assistant baseball coach for Adams State.

“I love the town and atmosphere at OJC,” said Wold. “My goal is to help our student-athletes grow and become better all-around people.”

In his free time, Wold enjoys hunting, golf, going to the lake and spending time with friends and family.

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Lucas Archuleta, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

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Gabriel Carreno, Assistant Men's Soccer Coach

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Cierra Cosslett, Assistant Softball Coach