About Us

The New Mexico Bullsnakes is a men’s professional basketball team playing in the American basketball Association (ABA) starting in the 2019 season. The team is comprised of local young basketball talent under the ownership of Nick Lourenço.


To offer the best family entertainment to all basketball fans of the Albuquerque metro area and provide a positive influence the community through initiatives in partnership with relevant local organizations and stakeholders.

To become the best basketball team of the ABA and the reference in professional sports for the city of Albuquerque NM.



The American Basketball Association (ABA) is a men’s professional basketball league. The league has grown to become the largest professional sports league in the world! In 1999 Joe Newman and Richard P. Tinkham founded the league. It is the re-launch of the original ABA which merged with the NBA in 1976. Tinkham co-founded both the original ABA and the Indiana Pacers. Joe Newman was the CEO of Joe Newman Advertising, Inc. and Alliance Broadcasting Group, Inc. The ABA was established in 1967 and merged with the National Basketball Association in 1976 [New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets]. Some of the ABA notable players where: Julius Irving (Dr. J) George Gervin (The Iceman), Ricky Barry, Moses Malone along with, many others that came to be NBA players. The ABA was reformed in 2000 in partnership with the NBA and has been operating in harmony for the past 16 years.

The ABA season runs from November through April (including playoffs).
Teams are community driven, with a focus on giving back to their communities.
The ABA has unique rules which allow for a faster pace leading to a higher scoring and more exciting event.
Guard driven league results in 48 minutes of high paced action
Half-Court violation: the ABA is 7 seconds opposed to 8 seconds in the NBA to get across the half-court line. If an ABA team is not successful in getting over the half-court line within 7 seconds it results in a turnover which initiates the 3D light
When the 3D Light is on: 2 pt. shots = 3 pts. | 3 pt. shots = 4 pts. | a half-court shot = 5 pts.
(6) Six Fouls leads to a technical foul and the ball | a player in the ABA cannot foul out of the game, but after six fouls it results in a technical and the opposing team gets the ball. The team that has the player with six fouls has the choice to keep that player in the game or take him out due to the fact that if he fouls again they would receive not only the foul but also a technical foul.
The ABA has two conferences. The BLUE conference is made up of teams that play 20 or more games during the regular season. Being in the BLUE conference a team is allowed to compete in the playoffs and championship. The RED conference is made up of teams that play 19 games or less during the regular season. The RED conference allows the teams to grow at their pace and one day move to up to the BLUE conference to compete in the playoffs and championships. * The executive committee can vote a RED conference team to compete in the playoff’s due to unforeseen circumstances.
Rumors are the WABA may be starting in the summer of 2017-2018 season starting with at least four teams in each region. The growth rate is expected to double by year two.

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Nick Lourenco

Owner/President &GM

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Dr. Eric Dahl

Team Chiropractor

Dr. Eric Dahl is passionate about helping people find pain relief without resorting to prescription pills. He provides affordable, quality chiropractic care for people of all ages.
If you’re looking for a West Side chiropractor in Albuquerque you owe it to your health to give Dr. Dahl a try. He can help you with headache relief, back pain, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica and so much more. Our office is in the heart of the Taylor Ranch neighborhood next to Taylor Ranch storage and LBJ Middle School.
Dr. Dahl is a trusted Taylor Ranch Chiropractor who treats his patients with the same courtesy he has for his friends and family. He genuinely wants to help people relieve their pain and personalizes his treatments for the needs of each patient.
You will never feel rushed through a treatment with Dr. Dahl and your health concerns will always be taken seriously.

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Russell Lee Gurule

Media Relations Coordinator

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Vernon Koonce

PA Announcer

Vernon Koonce grew up in Albuquerque, NM.

He attended SAGU University in Waxahaxhie , TX where he played baseball for four years. His junior year is when Vernon’s sports announcing career started. He was the public address announcer for the university’s football, women’s volleyball, and all women’s and men’s basketball games. After playing baseball, Vernon went on to work as announcer for the world reknown show basketball team , The Harlem Ambassadors. Vernon is the current narrator for the national touring stage play “The Man Behind the Helmet.” He is also the current on field Mc/VJ for the Pro Indoor Football team, Duke City Gladiators. Vernon enjoy keeping crowds excited and entertained to make it a true family experience

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Russell Lee Gurule

Media Relations Coordinator

Russell is born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, Hope and Highland High School Graduate. Former U.S. Navy. Longtime observer of sports in New Mexico. Former writer for the blog Abqwhatsbrewin. Former content writer and gameday operations for the Albuquerque So FC. Former staff writer for Enchantment Sports. Basketball and Politices are his passion. You can follow Russell at RussellleeGurule on Twitter and Instagram.


Mailing Address

(p) (505) 750-0853

(f) (505) 357-1290

8100 Wyoming Blvd NE Suite M4,#736, Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

Paradise Hills Community Center - Training Facility

(p) (505) 314-0245

(f) (505) 462-9726

5901 Paradise Blvd NW , Albuquerque, New Mexico, US