Men’s and women’s teams will split $19,000 from student activity fee for coaches, equipment.
by R.T. Gonzalez
The office of student life has hired two new coaches for the fall 2014 men’s and women’s basketball season.
A portion of the student activity fee – $9,500 per team – will fund coaches’ pay and basketball equipment.
The basketball teams will also raise money by selling concessions at their home games.
Louis Martinez and Haley Capestany are the new coaches for men’s and women’s basketball, respectively.
Martinez is a director for the Hoops Dreams Toros, a local basketball team of students aged through high school who play nationally and locally.
Capestany is a former Lady Ranger who also played for the University of Incarnate Word’s Lady Cardinals and Texas A&M-Kingsville Lady Javelinas.
Aside from basketball and boxing, student life will host less-formal intramurals like video games, pingpong and a 3-point basketball shootout.
Last semester the basketball teams were student clubs at this college and not sponsored by the office of student life.
“We’ll have more participation because we’re going to start advertising the home games here on campus to try to get students to go out and support the teams,” said Jacob Martinez, student success coordinator.
Soccer and baseball teams were sponsored but were not this semester due to the distance of the games. Soccer games used to be at the South Texas Area Regional complex near Wurzbach Parkway.
Basketball and boxing compete on the campuses, and therefore will be sponsored by student life.
The coaches for basketball last semester were students who graduated and did not return this semester, said Marisa Martinez, senior specialist for student life.
Fire science freshman Joshua Wells also started the Alamo Community College Lacrosse League. No meetings are scheduled. For more information, call Wells at 210-867-1079.
The first Olympic-style boxing event will be 6:30 p.m.-7:30p.m. Oct. 17 during Sactacular.
The first basketball games will begin with women’s at 6 p.m. and men’s at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 in Gym 1 of Candler Physical Education Center.