ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Malik Waters’ latest coaching assignment won’t have him leading the likes of Cullen Neal and Bryce Alford – which he has done – but it does give him the chance to take his club philosophies to the high school level.
Waters, 37, is Bosque School’s new boys basketball coach. He replaces Eric Orell, who left Bosque to take over at Manzano.
Waters played at Menaul as a junior, but transferred to Ruidoso for his senior year to follow his former Menaul coach.
Waters later played four seasons at Division I Holy Cross. He previously has been a girls assistant at Del Norte, and a boys assistant at Rio Grande and Belen.
For the past five years, he has been the head coach of the Danny Granger D-1 Ambassadors, a program that has featured many of the city’s top talents, such as Neal and Alford.
“The style of play that I want to do, these guys are gonna have to be cerebral,” Waters said. “I want my kids to be diverse. They have to have everything in their game, to adjust on the fly and be able to play different positions, to be able to adapt to any situation.”
KNAUBER’S REPLACEMENT: Joe Williams has been the girls basketball coach and girls’ athletic director at Highland, but he has been hired to take over as AD at Sandia.
Williams, 50, replaces Tom Knauber, who was ousted after accusations that he placed drug contraband in the office of boys basketball coach Alvin Broussard.
“I’m excited,” Williams said. “I look forward to the challenge. I think it’ll be a lot of fun.”
As for Knauber, he was moved to Volcano Vista to teach, but he has now left Albuquerque Public Schools altogether and will be on staff at the Southwest Aeronautics Mathematics and Science Academy in Albuquerque.
Knauber will serve as dean of students.
OFFICIALS NEEDED: The Albuquerque Football Officials Association is looking for recruits.
The AFOA will train new game officials, so no experience is necessary. Officials who are hired will be paid on a per-game basis.
Those interested can attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the New Mexico Activities Association office, 6600 Palomas NE, just south of the Paseo del Norte/San Pedro intersection.
For more information, contact Paul Sandoval at 417-5712.
ATHLETES AND DRINKING: The New Mexico Activities Association believes its Life of an Athlete program has helped to reduce teenage drinking in New Mexico since the program was instituted four years ago.
A recent survey released by the state Department of Health points to decreased alcohol consumption.
For underage drinking in grades 9-12 between 2011 and 2013, the survey shows a 21.7 percent reduction in drinking, a 23.7 percent reduction in binge drinking, a 4.3 percent reduction in drinking and driving, and a 14.9 percent reduction in drinking before the age of 13.