Gabe Chavez, Class of 2015, is helping shape the next generation of ball players. Gabe joined Bosque’s coaching staff as the 6th grade assistant coach last season, and this season took the role of head coach of the Bosque 1 team, which is celebrating an undefeated regular season record.
For Gabe, who’s been playing basketball since the age of three, including four years of varsity ball at Bosque, it’s an opportunity to share his love for the game and teach the players how the sport relates to real life. “Basketball is like school,” he tells his players. “You have to work hard; you have to show up.”
Gabe said basketball has been a huge part of his life and has afforded him many opportunities, including a college scholarship to Colorado College. Despite injuries that ended his college play after two years, Gabe said the experiences he’s had have been well worth it, and that’s something he wants to impart to his team. “Anywhere I can go to help people and to see where I can make an impact and be a role model...I hope they learn from some of these teachings,” he said.
Gabe said returning to UNM to finish his undergraduate studies has been a great opportunity to make connections as he prepares for graduate school. He’s currently studying biology with minors in economics and chemistry. He expects to graduate later this year and will take the MCAT in January in preparation for medical school.