Alma Valdez never expected to be involved with basketball. When she was a student at Martin High School, she never once attended a basketball game. In fact, sports weren’t her forte. Band was. But now decades later, you can find her on the sidelines during the summer.
High school basketball coaches can’t coach their programs in summer league competition. It’s a rule implemented by the University Interscholastic League, which is the governing body of Texas high school athletics. So, when a team participates in summer league action, they are either likely player-led, coached by a recently graduated player or led by a friend of the head coach. But for the Alexander Bulldogs, they are coached by Alma, who is the wife of head coach Luis Valdez.