W. Basketball: Nick Salazar
Nick Salazar is the new Head Women's Basketball Coach at Garden City Community College. Salazar has served as assistant coach for two seasons with the Busters prior being named head coach. Salazar came to Garden City following a three year stint as Head Coach at Highland High School in Albuquerque, NM. At Highland, he led his team to the 5A State Tournament in his final year.
The 2011-12 season was Salazar's first with the Busters.
Not long after arriving in Garden City
recruited freshman post, Tamara Jones. Jones' impact on the program was immediate as she was selected to the All-Region first team, First Team All-Conference, and was selected as the Jayhawk West's Freshman of the Year. During the week of January 23rd, Tamara was selected as the NJCAA National Player of the Week. She
was also designated the Jayhawk player of the week on three seperate occasions.
Prior to coming to Garden City, Salazar was the head girls' basketball coach at Highland High School in Albuquerque, NM. During the final year of his three seasons at Highland, Salazar led the Hornets to a second place district finish and a berth in the 2011 New Mexico State Basketball tournament.
While at Highland, Salazar
coached multiple all district players, two All-Metro players, and had the state leader in assists.
is credited with revitalizing the Highland program, traditionally one of the poorest in the Albuquerque area.
During each of his
three seasons the program increased its win total, finished higher in the district standings, had increased representation on the all district teams, increased its fundraising totals, and refurbished the team room.
Most importantly, every senior graduated and went on to attend college.
Salazar had also served as the head coach at Manzano high school in Albuquerque where he led the Monarchs to the State tournament in his only season.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Salazar served as an assistant coach with the Albuquerque Academy and Del Norte High Schools in Albuquerque.
Overall, Salazar brought over ten years of experience with him to Garden City
also brings with him a lot of camp experience.
To date, he has worked girls' basketball camps at Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Texas, and the University of Arizona.
Salazar graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Political Science.
In 2008, he earned his master's degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Administration, also from the University of New Mexico.
is married to the former Ashley Alvarado.