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The New Mexico Activities Association announced Wednesday that longtime associate director Robert Zayas is leaving to take over the state athletic association in New York.
Zayas, who started with the NMAA — the governing body of most interscholastic prep sports in the state — in 2002, will take over one of the largest athletic associations in the country.
With the NMAA, Zayas oversaw several sports postseason events, including soccer, swimming and diving and track and field. He also helped coordinate alignment and classification of schools and was the NMAA’s main media contact for most of his career there.
“Robert has done so much for this association, but more importantly, for the youth of New Mexico,” said NMAA executive director Gary Tripp. “Although he will be missed, we are excited for his opportunity to lead and know he will do great things for the students of New York.”
Zayas started he career as a teacher and coach in Texas, then joined the NMAA and was a stabilizing force for the organization after the messy departure of longtime executive director Dan Salzwedel. He was promoted to associate director in 2010.