Vera Jo Bustos
Position: Video Coordinator
Hometown: Las Vegas, N.M.
Experience: 1st Year

Vera Jo Bustos begins her first year as video coordinator for the University of New Mexico women's basketball team.

She spent two years as an assistant coach at Western State Colorado University. 

Bustos spent the 2011-12 season playing professional basketball in Thessaloniki, Greece for Apollon Kalamarias.  She averaged 11.2 points per game and 4.9 rebounds in 21 games as a rookie.

Previously, Bustos was a stand-out basketball player at Adams State from 2007-to-2011.  During her time in Alamosa, Colo., Bustos not only became the school's all-time scoring leader with 1,859 points but became the school's all-time leader in minutes played (3,805) and games started (105).  In her four years, Bustos averaged 17.5 points per game and set records for most points in a game (36), most three-pointers in a game (8) and most points in a half (27). 

The Las Vegas, N.M. native received numerous honors and awards at Adams State:

  • WBCA Division II All-American Honorable Mention (2009-10, 2010-11)
  • Five-time RMAC Player of the Week (2010-11)
  • Women's Div. II Honorable Mention All-American (2010-11)
  • Daktronics All-American Ballot (2008-09, 2010-11)
  • NCAA Central Regional Championship All-Tournament Team (2010-11)
  • Daktronics All-Central Region First Team (2008-09, 2010-11)
  • Banker's Classic Tournament MVP (2008-09, 2010-11)
  • Chuck Stephens Classic Tournament MVP (2010-11)
  • RMAC Pre-Season Player of the Year (2010-11)
  • RMAC West Division Player of the Year (2008-09, 2009-10)
  • Div. II Bulletin All-American Team Honorable Mention (2009-10)
  • Daktronics All-Central Region Second team (2009-10)
  • All-RMAC First Team (2008-09, 2009-10)
  • Pre-Season All-RMAC team West Division. (2008-09)
  • RMAC Freshman of the Year (2007-08)
  • RMAC West Division Freshman of the Year (2007-08)

Bustos graduated from Adams State with a double major in Exercise Science and Sports Psychology, and she earned her Master's Degree in Sport Administration in 2014 from Adams State.

A stellar player at West Las Vegas High School, Bustos owns the school record for most rebounds (935) most points (2,098), most assists (536), most steals (331) and games started (125).

Outside of basketball, Bustos enjoys fishing, camping, skiiing and horseback riding.