Former Espanola coach settles with PED, agrees to leave district

Richard Martinez
Richard Martinez

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – The embattled former Espanola High basketball coach will leave the district and not return as part of a settlement with the Public Education Department.

Richard Martinez has been accused of abusing players, threatening parents, students and staff, even getting physical with one parent.

The Public Education Department threatened to suspend the superintendent if he didn’t deal with the problems.

Now the PED confirms they have reached a settlement that requires Martinez to resign at the end June, not teach for a year, and surrender his coaching license until 2019.

Martinez also agreed to never seek employment or a contract that puts him in contact with the district or the school ever again.

A PED spokesperson said, “students deserve to be safe in school and the behavior of Martinez is not acceptable and this settlement reflects that.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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