New Hilltopper hoops coach plans to maintain team's philosophy

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Basketball: Dominguez was head coach at McCurdy, assistant at Los Alamos last year

By Mike Cote

It took just a little over a month for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball program to find a new head coach.

Thursday, Los Alamos High School’s athletic department announced it had hired Hilltopper assistant coach Fil Dominguez to replace former head coach Matt King.

Dominguez will be the third head coach the Hilltoppers have had in as many years, but he said he plans to adopt much of King’s philosophy, which should give a sense of stability to the program.

“I’m excited, the kids are excited,” said Dominguez, who’s currently on vacation in Denver. “This is a chance to have some continuity. We’ve been playing in the valley and we’ve gotten to see more physical play. That’s the one thing we’ll try to change is to be a little more physical.”

Dominguez spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Los Alamos. Prior to that, he’d been the head coach at Class 2A McCurdy as well as a head coach at the middle school level.

At McCurdy, Dominguez tried to employ much the same philosophy that the Hilltoppers used under King. The Bobcats were a defensive-oriented team which tried to execute a steady half-court offense, a philosophy not normally employed in the smaller northern New Mexico schools.

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