Diego Baca Named Men's Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coach

June 1, 2012

Albuquerque, N.M. --- Head men's basketball coach Steve Alford has announced that Diego Baca has joined the staff as strength and conditioning coach, replacing Mark Paulsen, who retired after nearly 30 years of service with the University of New Mexico.

Baca most recently was a personal trainer at Defined Fitness in Albuquerque, and along with running training programs and fitness evaluations, he served as the head coach of the Parisi School of Speed, a sport specific strength and conditioning program that is nationally recognized as the leader in performance enhancement training.

He also spent nearly 10 years with Albuquerque Public School District as a coach and a strength and conditioning coordinator.

"We appreciate Coach Paulsen's efforts, not only with our program but throughout his long career at UNM," said head coach Steve Alford. "We have been searching for his replacement and we are excited to bring Diego onto our staff. We feel like a strength of our program has been strength and conditioning, and we feel like Diego will continue that for us. He's a UNM graduate and a native of Albuquerque with a lot of Lobo pride."

"I'm humbled at the opportunity and it's going to be an honor to replace a legend like coach Paulsen," said Baca. "I'm excited to be a part of the staff and grateful for the opportunity."

Baca is a nationally certified personal trainer, and he has conducted strength and conditioning programming for New Mexico State Police and APD, as well as performance training with players from the NFL, NBA, UFC, and MLS.