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Head Coach

Phone: (620) ***-****  
Local Address:  Kansas , United States
Garden City Community College

Employment History


  • Bachelor of Arts degree , English
    University of New Mexico
  • master's degree , Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Administration
    University of New Mexico
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W. Basketball: Nick Salazar
Nick Salazar Head Coach
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, Salazar 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. Salazar 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. Salazar 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. Salazar is married to the former Ashley Alvarado.
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Out: Manzano girls basketball coach Nick Salazar and his four assistants.Salazar had compiled a record of 11-27 in less than two seasons at the helm of Monarchs.
Salazar and the Manzano players never found that groove Diaz is trying to forge.
"Obviously my personality didn't mesh with the culture of the team," Salazar said.
The final example of this dysfunctional relationship took place Thursday during a difficult game against Valley, one of the city's top teams.Manzano struggled before losing, 71-32.
Salazar didn't speak to the Monarchs at halftime, leaving that to his assistants.After the game, Salazar told the team the next day's practice would serve as a midseason tryout session - every player had to re-earn their starting spots.
Salazar, who was in his second season as head of the Monarchs, later called the move a motivational tactic, one he had seen other coaches implement.
It backfired.
Many of the Manzano players took it personally, Salazar said.
Later, last Saturday's game at Del Norte was postponed.
"I knew we were in limbo at that point," Salazar said.
Sunday night, Salazar said Manzano Athletics Director Brett Tomlinson asked him to resign.
"I did not quit," Salazar said.
Both parties said there was no animosity between them.Salazar will remain at the school as an English teacher.
It's apparent that Coach Salazar did not have the support of AD Tomlinson or the administration.
ABQjournal: Monarchs Hire Two Coaches, 22 June 2006 [cached]
Nick Salazar, who was the Albuquerque Academy girls basketball assistant coach in 2005-06, was hired earlier this month as the new coach of the Lady Monarchs basketball team, the school's athletic director, Brett Tomlinson, recently announced.
I'm thankful to be at Manzano," said Salazar, who graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in English.
Salazar, a 1998 La Cueva graduate, has quite a résumé despite his relative youth.He coached girls in all his previous basketball positions.Prior to the Chargers' job, he was an assistant coach and head junior varsity coach at Del Norte during the 2004-05 season.He coached the Class 1A Evangel Christian varsity during 2002-03 and 2003-04 and was the Eagles' JV coach from 1999 to 2002.Salazar also noted he was the varsity six-man football coach and was the assistant athletic director at Evangel in 2003-04."I helped Evangel put in their paperwork to the NMAA to get a 1A classification," he said.Salazar, who expects to finish work on a master's degree in sports administration at UNM in December, also said he was Del Norte's tennis coach in 2005.Salazar acknowledged he has little formal experience as a player in any sport and didn't really participate in high school.
Salazar, who will also teach English at Manzano, said his lack of oncourt experience just makes him work harder."I just want to use my ability to teach," he said."I do believe that I have a gift to teach.I've studied basketball.I go to games, watch, learn.I've gone to clinics.You have to work twice as hard because you didn't play."At the time of the interview, last Friday, Salazar had not yet met with his Monarchs.Still, he was quite knowledgeable about the team.
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