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HS basketball: Broussard resigns as Matadors coach

Alvin Broussard talks to his squad during a timeout in a game against Cleveland in 2013. He coached the Matadors for 11 years. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

While he was at Sandia, Alvin Broussard was commonly referred to as a former Valley Viking and former New Mexico Lobo.

As of Wednesday, he is also a former boys basketball coach at Sandia.

Broussard, 36, resigned Wednesday after 11 seasons leading the Matadors. He said he was promoted to middle school athletic director at Albuquerque Academy, where was teaching seventh-grade math this school year.

“Right now, this is the best thing for my family and life, and this is where I needed to go,” Broussard said. “It’s just a good situation.”

Broussard had several superb teams during his decade-plus at Sandia, including a terrific run from the 2012-13 season through the 2014-15 season.

But his Matadors suffered several excruciating playoff losses during those three years, never advancing beyond the state semis where Sandia lost to Atrisco Heritage in March 2014.

“It’s always been about the kids, that’s what it’s been about for me,” said Broussard, who played for Joe Coleman at Valley before playing for the Lobos. “That’s what I’ll remember the most, the relationships that I built.”

Broussard said his new duties at Academy will preclude him doing both jobs going forward.

Sandia athletic director Brian Weems said the school had not decided how to proceed as it looks to find a replacement for Broussard.