Robert “Bob” Ogas was born in Silver City, NM. He grew up in a home where his parents believed that participating in sports would be the key to keeping their kids out of trouble. Bob played football, basketball, and baseball in high school. He attended Western New Mexico University in Silver City. He played two years of college baseball while working toward fulfilling his dream of becoming a teacher and coach. Bob was a leader, an educator, a teacher, a coach, and a community servant who made a difference for his students, his community, and his state. Because of Bob’s involvement and leadership in athletics, all school-related activities, and community and state programs, his success and influence can best be reflected by Coach Ogas’ commitment and his passionate belief that all kids will succeed if given a chance.

In the spring of 1971 Coach Ogas started the baseball program with just about nothing. He turned an old cotton field to a baseball field that in 3 short years would lead the Trojans to the championship game, losing 3-0 to Carlsbad. Coach would drag the field with his Datsun pickup. After that his players would line up on the first base line and walk to the second base, then third base and pick up rocks till their gloves filled up. He made the Trojans a powerhouse for the next 14 years including winning the state championship in 1981. His record was 163-113.

Bob was more than just a baseball coach, he was high school principal, athletic director and community leader from 1963 to the present. No challenge or goal was too big for Bob to handle. Setting high goals for himself, his kids and parents, his staff, and his Las Cruces Community, he developed a culture in Las Cruces that all kids will succeed – just give them a chance. Creating opportunities, teaching the values of hard-work, team work, integrity, and trust, Bob instilled a competitive spirit that will influence kids, athletic and activity programs, and community and state programs for a number of years. Under Bob’s leadership, the Mayfield Family was born, was created many championships in all sports. The Family includes all current students and past alumni who still to this day consider themselves as part of the FAMILY. In fact, Bob is so well respected in our Las Cruces community and the Family has grown so large that you can drive around and see “Viva Ogas” signs and bumper stickers!

New Mexico Activities Association
• Inducted into Hall of Fame – 2005
• Distinguish Service Award – 2004
• District 3 AAAA/AAAAA Chairperson – 1986 to 2005
• Member of Executive/Athletic Committees
• Basketball Official – 1966-72
• Worked State Baseball Tournament – 5 years

New Mexico High School Coaches Association
• Inducted into Hall of Honor and Pride – 2012
• Distinguish Service Award – 1994
• New Mexico High School Baseball Coach of Year – 1979, 1981, 1982
• New Mexico High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame – 2009
• Baseball All-Star Game – Named Bob Ogas North vs South All-Star Baseball Classic – 2012
• Certificate of Recognition by State Board of Education and Governor Johnson – 1997
• NM Music Educators Association Administrator of the Year – 1998
• NM Foreign Language Educators Administrator of the Year – 1998
• Re-Learning NM Committee – 1990’s
• North Central Accreditation Committee – 3 years

Other Accomplishments
• NMSU College of Education Distinguished Alumni – 2002
• Western New Mexico University
• Distinguished Alumni Family in Education – 2010
• Alumni Hall of Fame (Bob & Olivia) – 2011
• Alumni Association Board – 2016
• Mesilla Valley Alumni Association – Member – 2011 to present including President in 2016
• Created and organized North vs South All-Star Baseball Game – 1976
• State Runner-Up – 1973, 1985
• Started baseball programs at Hondo (1963) and Mayfield (1971) High Schools
• Started NM Baseball Invitational Tournament – 1973 to present
• Organized baseball clinic with NMSU – 1978 to 1984
• First All-South Baseball Coach – 1976
• Dedication of Robert Ogas Baseball Field at Mayfield High School – 2004
• Spearheaded MHS committee to evaluate athletic facilities for compliance with Title IX –

Community Achievements
• Breakfast Optimist Club – Member – 1975 to present including President – 1983
• District Service Award – 1988, 1989
• Optimist International President’s Award – 2004
• Mayor’s Sports Facilities Evaluation Task Force – 2009 to 2011
• Visioning Committee – St. Albert’s Catholic Church
• Superintendent’s Search Committee – Las Cruces Public Schools
• Field of Dreams Task Force – 1984 through 2000
• Las Cruces Roadrunner Car Club Member – 2006 to present
• Conlee Little League Baseball League Director – 1965 to 1969