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Canutillo hires former MLB pitcher to lead baseball team

Canutillo ISD
Friday, August 9, 2013 - 10:57pm

A Major League Baseball pitcher who won the World Series as a member of the 2003 Florida Marlins is the new head coach of the Canutillo High School varsity baseball team.

Armando Almanza has been hired by the Canutillo Independent School District as a physical education teacher at Canutillo High for the 2013-14 school year. CISD Athletic Director Scott Brooks appointed Almanza as head baseball coach.

"We are very excited to have Coach Almanza join us as a Canutillo Eagle," Brooks said. "His experience and his insight as a professional athlete will give our team a depth that will be very beneficial for our players."

Almanza is an El Paso native who spent seven seasons in the major leagues playing for the Marlins, the Atlanta Braves and the Arizona D-Backs.

As a player for New Mexico Junior College in the early 1990s, he was nationally recognized and made history by throwing the school's first no-hitter. He was inducted into the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

Almanza earned his education degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. He will report to duty on Aug. 19, along with the other 375 teachers in CISD.

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