James Borrego '96

James Borrego is currently an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. He lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Megan, who also attended Albuquerque Academy, and his children Grace, Zachary, and Nicholas.

James graduated from Albuquerque Academy in 1996. During his time at Albuquerque Academy, he led the Chargers basketball team to two state championships. James attended University of San Diego and earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in leadership studies. He played three seasons on the University of San Diego’s basketball team and was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team his senior year.

James started off his basketball coaching career assistant coaching his alma mater, University of San Diego, for 2 years from 2001 to 2003. During his time there, University of San Diego won the Western Conference Championship and went to the NCAA tournament in the 2002-2003 season.

James made his NBA debut in 2003 as an assistant video coordinator for the San Antonio Spurs, and was promoted to assistant coach shortly after. He spent seven seasons with the Spurs and was a part of two championship teams in 2005 and 2007.

In 2010, James left San Antonio and took a position as assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets until 2012. He then joined on with the Orlando Magic as the lead assistant. After head coach Jacque Vaughn was fired, James took over as head coach and made his NBA coaching debut against the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the head coach for the remainder of the season.

James returned to the San Antonio Spurs in June of 2015 as an assistant coach for Gregg Popovich.