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
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.
Many of the Manzano players took it personally, Salazar
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
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.