Christopher Minner enters his fourth year with Our Lady of the Lake University and his first as head coach. In 2009 he became assistant coach of the inaugural women's basketball team at OLLU. The Lady Saints ended their inaugural season with a 17-15 record after reaching the Red River Athletic Conference tournament semifinal round. He returned in 2010 to help the Lady Saints improve their season record to 20-9 and reach the quarterfinal stage of the RRAC tournament. Last season, the team won the conference tournament and earned a berth to the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship. They lost to Oklahoma City University in the first round by a score of 73-91. The Saints ended their season with a 26-8 overall record and 18-6 in the conference.
Minner came to OLLU from Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), an NCAA Division II school. There he served for one year as women's assistant basketball coach.
Minner primarily managed TAMIU's defense and worked with the team on shooting and scoring. His work helped the team with a six-game improvement in the league and a five-game improvement in total wins for the season. TAMIU was ranked No. 4 in the nation in steals and No. 11 in turnover to assist ratio. It placed No. 1 in scoring offense, steals, forced turnovers and blocks in the conference. Minner was also the men's head golf coach at TAMIU.
While at TAMIU, the team made the Heartland Conference semifinals and it had its first-ever conference playoff berth.
Prior to TAMIU, Minner was the boys' varsity head basketball coach at Vacaville Christian High School in California. He directed the Falcons to a 62-24 overall record, winning one Sacramento Valley Christian League (SVCL) title and one Central Valley Christian League title. In addition, he was named SVCL Coach of the Year in 2006, his team GPA was 3.42 and he had the most playoff wins for a boys' head varsity coach.
From 2002-2005, Minner was the women's head basketball coach for Napa Valley Community College. He was the all-time winningest coach in percentage and number of wins. Napa Valley showed steady improvement throughout Minner's tenure, improving from a 10-20 record in 2002 to a 16-10 mark in 2004. He guided the team to its first state playoff berth in 2003 and its highest ranking on record in that position.
Throughout his career, Minner has also coached golf, baseball and cross-country.
Minner received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sonoma State University and a master's degree in health, physical education and recreation from St. Mary's College of California.
Valerie Huizar, a San Antonio native, begins her first year as assistant women's basketball coach for Our Lady of the Lake University in 2012.
She comes from Tyler Junior College, where she was an assistant coach for the 2011-2012 season. While on staff, her duties included overseeing the team's academics, recruiting and assisting in all game and practice operations. The Apache Ladies finished the season with a 25-8 record and were conference regular season and tournament runner-up; losing in the Regional Championship game to the eventual NJCAA National Champion.
Prior to Tyler Junior College, Huizar served as a graduate assistant in the 2010-2011 season for fellow conference foe Louisiana State University in Shreveport. The Lady Pilots went 18-13 for the year and lost in the semifinals of the RRAC Tournament.
In 2008-2010, Huizar started at the point guard position for LSU-Shreveport. In those two years the Lady Pilots compiled a record of 50-13 and earned conference regular season runner-up and conference tournament runner-up. Both teams also earned automatic bids to the NAIA National Tournament. As a player Huizar collected Conference Newcomer of the Year, two-time First Team All-Conference, NAIA All American Honorable Mention, and Third Team All-Louisiana awards. She transferred to LSU-Shreveport from Lon Morris College.
Huizar received her bachelor's degree from LSU-Shreveport in Elementary and Secondary Health and Physical Education and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler. She is a graduate of Sandra Day O'Connor High School in San Antonio.