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COACHES

 

Ismael "Ish" Loya

Program Director/Coach

A graduate of Valley High School. Three year Letterman under Joe Coleman. Was an All City, All District, All State performer 2002-2003. Albuquerque Metro Player of the Year 2002-2003. Coach Loya went on to play at New Mexico Highlands from 2003-2006

In 2006 made the jump to the professional ranks playing in Puebla, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Chiapas. Winning two national championships between 2006-2010.

Coach Loya began his coaching career in 2010 at Valley High School as Head JV coach and Assistant Coach on Varsity. From 2010-2016 Coach Loya helped Valley to a 114-54 record, including a State Championship in 2014.

In 2016 Coach Loya returned to play professionally in Mexico. In 2017 he became the youngest head coach in the “LBE Chihuahua” history becoming Head Coach and GM for Nueceros de Camargo. Founded “Warriors Camargo” a basketball club in 2016. “Warriors Camargo” focused on developing youth players on and off the court. Providing scholarship opportunities for players in the US and Mexico for High School and College.

Along with his duties at NMBA , Coach Loya is Head JV Coach/Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball coach at Sandia High School. 

Coach Loya has a USA Basketball Gold License (#41794436) and NMPED Level 1  7-12 Athletic Coaching License (#342865).

Stephen Miera

Coach

Miera is a lifelong New Mexico resident. He received his bachelor's degree from The University of New Mexico and his master's degree from NMHU in performance and sport. 

Stephen Miera is entering his third season as the director of operations for the NMHU men's basketball program.

Miera has 15 years of basketball experience, including coaching alongside Danny Brown at Albuquerque's Highland High School for six seasons and followed that with three years coaching on the AAU travel circuit. Miera also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at NMHU.


Miera ventured into the international market for a year as a recruiting specialist and professional trainer working with collegiate and pro athletes in Mexico. He returned to the U.S. and led Robert F. Kennedy High School to an 18-0 record and a Albuquerque Charter School Athletic league title in 2016-17.