After being approved by the Denver City Board of Trustees, Fillie assistant hoops coach James “Chief” Bridgforth is the new successor of former and longtime athletic director, Steve Taylor.

Bridgforth is a Lovington, NM native and has been alongside head girls coach, Kody Brown, for the past three seasons.

The Lovington native served as athletic director of his hometown from 2008 to 2014. Prior to Lovington, he was at Artesia, where he began his career in 1981 and spent 30 years with the perennial power Bulldogs.

Bridgforth beat out 14 applicants and will be giving up duties as an assistant, leaving the position open.

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