Gene Valenzuela | Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School

Gene Valenzuela

Born is Holtville, Calif., in 1946, Eugene “Gene” Gaxiola Valenzuela grew up in Newark and attended Newark High School where he was three-sport athlete. After High School, Gene served our country for four years as a member of the United States Air Force. Gene got his start videotaping at SJND while he was filming a basketball game during the 1995 season for his son who was away in college. One day, Coach LaPorte sent over his assistant coach to ask Gene for a copy of the game, which would kickstart a longtime relationship between Gene and the SJND basketball program. Gene states, “Over the years, my wife and I have enjoyed coming to all the basketball games. I really appreciate all the families who have thanked me for taping the basketball games as keepsakes for their families. It’s also a joy getting asked by the kids who have graduated years ago for copies of their basketball games, so they can show their kids.”