The New Mexico Activities Association announced Tuesday that executive director Gary Tripp will resign his post effective Friday.
Tripp, who has headed the NMAA since 2004, is leaving to assume the role of principal at Zia Pueblo Day School.
The NMAA said a team of three officers, commissioner of officials Dana Sanchez, deputy director Bill Cleland and assistant executive director Sally Marquez, will take over the association’s day-to-day operations until a new executive director is hired.
This is not the first time Tripp, who was the athletic director at Rio Rancho before taking over the state’s top high school interscholastic sports job, has made plans to resign. Tripp turned in a resignation letter to the NMAA board of directors in summer 2011 that he would retire following the 2011-12 academic year.
However, Tripp rescinded his letter and remained the executive director. But an emergency meeting of the board was called Tuesday morning where Tripp announced his intentions to step down.
Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms, who said she was caught off-guard with Tripp’s announcement last year, said she was again surprised by Tuesday’s announcement of his resignation.