LOS LUNAS — There was already one Medina coaching basketball in Valencia County; now there are two.
On Sunday, Los Lunas High School announced that David Medina will become the Tigers’ new girls basketball coach.
Medina, 56, previously coached the boys at Belen High School, plus spent 12 years coaching Del Norte’s girls and a single season coaching Hope Christian’s girls.
His daughter, Micaela, is Valencia’s head coach, just up the road from Los Lunas.
“I think when we play each other, we’re rivals,” David Medina said. “I definitely don’t want to lose to Valencia when we play them. But every other game, I’ll be rooting for them.”
Medina takes over from Anne Salazar, who served on an interim basis last season. Salazar replaced Marty Zeller, who led the Tigers to five state championships — and seven finals — from 2013-2020 before he left.
Los Lunas is coming off a 9-18 season.
“I’ve always thought this was a good job, even when I was coaching boys at Belen,” Medina said. “This is a mecca of girls basketball. And it’s still going now. Hopefully we can turn it back a little bit.”