SB: Western New Mexico coach submits resignation


Thursday morning, Elsa Cocker informed the Western New Mexico University Athletics administration she has resigned from being the Head Softball Coach for the Mustangs.

“Elsa has been a part of the Mustang softball team the last five years and has been their leader for the last four years. During her time at WNMU, Cocker represented the Mustangs with class and pushed her team to a higher academic standard” said Executive Director of Athletics, Scott Noble.

Cocker took over the program in 2017, after being an assistant coach for the Mustangs the previous season. In 2020, Cocker had her best start at 7-6 in nonconference, while going 2-6 in conference play, and having a batting average of .321 before COVID-19 canceled the season.

The Mustangs struggled most of the 2021 season, being outscored 285-88 with a highly competitive schedule. The team was led by five seniors, one of which was at WNMU all four years that Cocker was the head coach.

WNMU administration has begun the search for the Mustangs’ new leader who will share our moral values, have a high standard of academic excellence, a competitive spirit, and has the essential experience to lead the Mustangs to success. We will continue building the culture within this program and stay committed to the development of student-athletes.