When Peter Morales was hired as the new boys basketball coach at Coronado after last season, expectations immediately grew at the District 1-5A school.
And for good reason. Morales had done wonders at Bowie, making them a force in 1-4A not only in he city, but state wide. Then in his one season at Socorro, Morales made the Bulldogs competitive again in 1-5A.
Morales' teams play hard for him and he finds ways to get the most out of his team. Coronado was playoff capable last year, but couldn't finish the job and missed out. But this year, the feeling is different around the Westside school. The Thunderbirds are doing good things and have a legitimate chance of not only making the playoffs, but winning the district. Morales has given the program a much needed lift in terms of energy and belief and the kids are buying into it.
Coronado knocked off Franklin 45-43 in an emotional game on Friday. Now the team will have to regroup and play consistent basketball the rest of the way.