As the sun rises over the Sandia Mountains, Hope Christian assistant Kevin Barker, right, works with players during an early Friday morning workout at Vista del Norte Park. Barker, a former Manzano and Sandia head coach, was out of coaching last year for the first time since 1988. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)
Fernando Salinas decided that familiarity would be a helpful idea once he became a head football coach for the first time.
And as he begins his first season at Hope Christian, he has surrounded himself with faces he knows.
They include that of his former boss, Kevin Barker.