Gomez wins NMAA coach of the year

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer

Former Portales Lady Ram basketball coach Brenda Gomez has been elected by the New Mexico Activities Association as New Mexico girls basketball Coach of the Year for 2006-2007.

Gomez also earned the election in 2001 and says earning it in her last year as Portales girls basketball coach is something special.

“It’s extra special,” Gomez said. “I’m very, very appreciative of the people in New Mexico and the New Mexico Activities Association has been a really strong supporter of me and everything that Portales has done.”

Gomez picks up the award at an NMAA coaches clinic ceremony in Albuquerque Aug. 2 where she will also receive the Ralph Boyer Coaching For Character award.

As New Mexico coach of the year, Gomez will also be competing for regional coach of the year with a chance at being the national coach of the year.

Portales girls basketball JV coach and Gomez assistant Wade Fraze says Gomez is well deserving of the award.

“She utilizes her assistants probably better than any coach I’ve ever been associated with,” Fraze said. “She wants input from different sources, she may use that input and she may not, but she’s always striving to be the best she can be. She expects the most and gets the most out of her players and at the same time, her girls love her to death.”

Gomez resigned as the Lady Rams basketball coach late last month after 23 years at Portales High School. She led the Lady Rams to five Class 3A state championships including seven consecutive championship game appearances from 2001-2007. Gomez will be coaching the girls basketball team at Robinson High School in Waco, Texas next season.