The Northern 4A football coaching carousel has spun again.
Eric Borja, the head coach at Spanish Springs High the last five seasons, resigned from his post Thursday night, citing a desire to spend more time with his family, which includes two children. The news was first reported by the RGJ. Borja, a former player at McQueen who also served as the Lancers' athletic director, recently obtained a position teaching in the physical education department at McQueen near his home in northwest Reno.
Borja led Spanish Springs to its first High Desert League title last season, with the Cougars advancing to the semifinals of the Northern 4A Regional playoffs. Spanish Springs went 9-4 in 2018, including a 4-0 mark in league play. The Cougars beat Galena, 56-25, in the first round of the playoffs before losing to Bishop Manogue, 44-7.
Borja went 27-28 in his career, posting seasons of 4-6, 3-7, 6-6, 5-5 and 9-4. Borja took over for Scott Hare, who went 38-46 in eight years before leaving for a coaching job in Arizona. Rob Hummel, an assistant under Borja last season, will serve as the interim coach for Spanish Springs as athletic director Art Anderson searches for a full-time replacement prior to the start of the 2019 season.
Whoever gets the job will inherit one of the most highly recruited players in Northern Nevada history in linebacker Jackson LaDuke, a three-star recruit who has more than two dozen offers from schools like USC, Oregon, Michigan, Tennessee and Nebraska among others. LaDuke will be a senior this season.
Borja's resignation marks the fourth coaching change out of 11 schools at the Northern 4A level this offseason. Reno fired Dan Avansino and hired Jon Haskins, Galena fired Hank Roberts and hired Aaron Cook and Hug's Carl Lagrone, Jr. stepped down and was replaced by Mike Gravier.