The DCISD Board of Trustees recently approved the hiring of Mr. James “Chief” Bridgforth as the district’s new Athletic Director. Bridgforth will assume his responsibilities in July taking over for retiring Athletic Director Steve Taylor.
Bridgforth, a native of Lovington, New Mexico, spent the last three seasons as the assistant coach for the Denver City Fillies varsity basketball team. He will be relinquishing his duties as an assistant coach to devote all his time to his new duties.
He began his career in 1981 in Artesia, New Mexico as a teacher/coach before spending the next 30 years in Lovington as a teacher, coach, assistant high school principal and athletic director. He served as the Athletic Director in Lovington from 2008 to 2014.
With the retirement of Coach Steve Taylor during the last week of May, the district was faced with finding a replacement. The board met in early June to discuss the options and to determine the direction in which they wanted to move. They decided to post the position and accept applications for the job. The district received 14 applications and narrowed the field down to four who were interviewed for the position.
Bridgforth will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge with him when he begins his duties in early July.