Chris Vega named new head coach of the New Mexico Bullsnakes

Albuquerque, NM – Nick Lourenco, owner of the New Mexico Bullsnakes basketball team, is excited to announce the hiring of Coach Chris Vega as the new Head Coach of the Bullsnakes. Chris brings over 10 years of coaching experience to the team. He joins us after a stint as an assistant head coach under former head coach BB Rico with the Bullsnakes on the team’s 2019 inaugural season in the American Basketball Association (ABA).

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Chris grew up in the South Valley and attended Rio Grande High School where he was the captain of school basketball team.

In addition to his coaching experience, Chris is an accomplished educator, referee, and leader.

After officiating youth/adult basketball for several years, he made the transition to the classroom.

Currently, Chris is an Educational Assistant with the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). He uses basketball to teach life lessons and emphasizes the importance of being a STUDENT-athlete.

From Coach Vega:

“I am incredibly honored to be a part of this organization. It’s a huge opportunity for me to be the head coach of the Bullsnakes and I thank the owner, Nick Lourenco, for taking a chance on me. This team has been put in a great position by Coach Rico and I know I have big shoes to fill, but with hard work, I know we can achieve the goals we have set out for. I plan on giving my all to this team and with the group we have, the sky is the limit.”