Guest Blog by Steve Appel, USW Director of Athletics/Head Baseball Coach
University of the Southwest has hired Gabrielle Arsiaga as the new Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach. As a Mustang alumna, Arsiaga is no stranger to University of the Southwest. She is familiar with the cross country program as well, having run for both the cross country and track programs from 2015 to 2016. Accordingly, “I’m excited to welcome Gabby aboard the Mustang Coaching Family. Being a former student-athlete here at USW, she understands our mission here on campus. I believe she will be a great asset here on campus, and I am excited to see her train and recruit local athletes that want to stay close to home and run.”
Arsiaga graduated from USW with a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2016. During her time at USW, she earned both athletic and academic honors. In 2016 she was named the Red River Athletic Conference Runner of the Week for setting both personal and school records in the 5k. Also, in 2016, Arsiaga placed second at the RRAC conference meet, setting a new school record of 18:47 in the 5k, also qualifying her to run at Nationals.
During the 2019-2020 season, Arsiaga was a volunteer assistant coach for the cross country and track teams. During that season, the Mustangs placed first in the track and field RRAC conference tournament during the regular season and finished as runner-up in the RRAC conference tournament for cross country.
Arsiaga is a Hobbs native and graduated from Hobbs High School. In high school, Arsiaga was named Hobbs High’s top female runner of the year in cross country.
Arsiaga is ready for the opportunity, explaining, “I am excited to be coming back to the school that had such a profound impact on my life when I was younger. USW is the reason I am the runner I am today. Coaching has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I am happy to be doing it in my hometown. I cannot wait to see what the future brings for the Mustangs, but more importantly, for the young and eager upcoming athletes.”