For Vera Jo Bustos, The Pit once represented the promised land.
Now it’ll simply be her place of business.
Bustos, a onetime West Las Vegas High School multi-sport athletic standout, has accepted a job as video coordinator for the University of New Mexico’s women’s basketball program, the school announced.
“It’s always an added benefit to bring in someone who has pride in New Mexico,” UNM head coach Yvonne Sanchez said in a news release. “Vera Jo has a wealth of experience that should be an asset to our program.”
The move is a homecoming to the Land of Enchantment for Bustos, who’s been mostly out of state since graduating from West in 2007.
She played on scholarship at NCAA Division II Adams State, going on to become the Grizzlies’ all-time leading scorer with 1,859 points. She also set school records in minutes played (3,805) and games started (105), earning All-America honorable mention.
Bustos then played professionally in Greece starting in 2011.
Returning stateside, Bustos worked the past couple years as an assistant coach with Western State in Gunnison, Colo.
At West Las Vegas, Bustos racked up honors and left as the Lady Dons’ all-time leader in scoring (2,098), rebounding (935), assists (536), steals (331) and starts (125). She was an all-state, all-district and North-South performer, excelling in hoops, volleyball and softball.
In taking on the video coordinator role, Bustos replaces Jourdan Erskine, who’s been promoted to director of operations for the Lobo women.