about us

Our Mission

NM Basketball Academy is committed to provide and promote high level basketball programs and services. We stress the importance of being great individuals on and OFF the court, through love, hard work, dedication and TOUGHNESS!

Core Basketball Training

Ball Handling | Passing | Fitness | Improve Basketball IQ Character

In today’s world we need to take all the measure to protect our youth. Effective June 1, all players will need their ID Badges. Each player must scan their ID Badges before entering the main gym. To purchase the child’s ID Badge, you will need to pay an annual fee of $21. If a parent wishes to stay and watch the practice sessions, each parent will also be required to purchase an ID Badge at a annual cost of $12. Parents will also be required to scan before entering the main gym. We are required to have all individual’s electronically scan in each time as we need to record each individual who enters the gym. Our goal is to assure the safety of all kids. This is all due to the USA Gymnastic Situation.

Our Clinics are proven success for all players, at all levels who are looking to improve!

our staff

  • name Ish Loya

    position Founder/ Coach

    Experience over 20 years

    A graduate of Valley High School. Three year Letterman under Joe Coleman. Was an All City, All District, All State performer 2002-2003. Albuquerque Metro Player of the Year 2002-2003. Coach Loya went on to play at New Mexico Highlands from 2003-2006

    In 2006 made the jump to the professional ranks playing in Puebla, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Chiapas. Winning two national championships between 2006-2010.

    Coach Loya began his coaching career 2010 at Valley High School as Head JV coach and Assistant Coach on Varsity. From 2010-2016 Coach Loya helped Valley to a 114-54 record, including a State Championship in 2014.

    In 2016 Coach Loya returned to play professionally in Mexico. In 2017 he became the youngest head coach in the “LBE Chihuahua” history becoming Head Coach and GM for Nueceros de Camargo. Founded “Warriors Camargo” a basketball club in 2016. “Warriors Camargo” focused on developing youth players on and off the court. Providing scholarship opportunities for players in the US and Mexico for High School and College.

  • name Stephen Miera

    position Coach

    Experience over 15 years

    Stephen Miera is a lifelong New Mexico resident. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico and earned his Master’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) in Human Performance and Sport.

    Miera has an extensive basketball resume encompassing over 15 years of work. He coached alongside Danny Brown for six years as an assistant at Albuquerque’s Highland High School and followed that with three years coaching in the AAU travel circuit. Miera then spent two years as a Graduate Assistant basketball coach at NMHU.

    Coach Stephen Miera ventured into the international market for a year as a recruiting specialist and professional trainer working with collegiate and pro athletes in Mexico. Upon returning to the United States, Coach Miera led Robert F. Kennedy High School to a perfect 18-0 record and the Championship of the Albuquerque Charter School Athletic League in 2015/2016

    Miera returned to NMHU as an assistant with head coach Craig Snow in 2017/2018. In addition to on-court coaching, Miera brings experience an NCAA certified recruiter and is highly skilled with programs such as Synergy Sports and Game Film Exchange.

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