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New soccer coach Gibbs Keeton prepares Miners for new season

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New UTEP head soccer coach Gibbs Keeton starts off season with their first game Aug. 9 against New Mexico Lobos in Albuquerque. Photo courtesy UTEP Athletics

UTEP soccer is starting off the upcoming season with a new head coach. Gibbs Keeton was hired as head coach in Dec. 2022.  

Keeton has played soccer his whole life, while also playing collegiate soccer at Texas Tech. He was a soccer coach for over 15 years, and before coming to UTEP, he served as the associate head coach at Texas Tech.  

Over the past couple of months, Keeton and the players have been working hard and implementing new strategies to get ready for the season. The El Paso native is excited to be coaching in his hometown and helping the miners redeem themselves after last season.  

“It’s amazing to coach here in a community that gave me so much from a soccer consideration. The team is made up of some really incredible young women who just needed to be guided in the right direction and refill their passion for soccer which fueled up their academic pursuits as well,” Keeton said. 

During the 2022 season, the miners overall score was 4-11-3 and the conference score was 1-7-2. Keeton is hopeful that the team is going to redeem themselves this season.  

“We’re not dwelling on the past,” Keeton said. “We’ve got a clean slate in all regards and the biggest things we’re focusing on include enhancing our competitive drive, identity and defining our team unity. We hope that we can play to the full strengths of all of the players that we have. From the first whistle to the last, we’re going to chase the game and stay in the game.”

The 2023 UTEP Women’s soccer roster includes players Tionna Taylor, Alaina Gilbert, Tori Paul, Taya Lopez and more. (Fatima Alvarado)

Keeton has been making updates and changes to the program and the building because the coaching staff believe in the team. In Keeton’s words they are making the correct changes. Keeton and the team are also focusing on giving back and building relations with the community. They just completed their summer soccer camp that served over 300 young El Pasoans.  

“Our goal is to grow El Paso’s passion and love for the game and help them learn more about our program,” Keeton said.  

The first game of the season will be Aug. 9 against the New Mexico Lobos in Albuquerque, New Mexico at 11:00 a.m.  

Alyson Rodriguez is a contributor and may be reached at [email protected]; @alyson_rod1127 on Twitter. 

 

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Alyson Rodriguez
Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Writer

Alyson Rodriguez is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso, currently majoring in multimedia journalism with a minor in leadership studies. She is a contributor at The Prospector. She joined The Prospector in the Fall of 2020 as a contributor for the Arts and Culture section and has now written articles for the sports and news section and has done podcast segments as well. After discovering her passion for journalism through The Prospector, Alyson has gone to intern at El Paso Matters, NPR Next Generation Texas Newsroom and the Texas Standard. 

Fatima Alvarado
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Fatima Alvarado is a sophomore at the University of Texas at El Paso, majoring in Communications with a focus in Marketing. She is the layout editor for the Prospector. She plans on pursuing her love in design in journalism and hopes to continue to learn more about working in the field of journalism.
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