AUSTIN DENTON | SPORTS
Just before 4:00 pm MST on Monday, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported what many New Mexico Lobo fans thought was impossible. The Lobos were now shifting their sights on rival New Mexico State coach Paul Weir for the vacant job. James Borrego, Joe Dooley, and Steve Forbes did not want the job anymore, and the Lobos were out of options. So they turned to the unthinkable and contacted Weir with an offer.
And they succeeded.
LoboLair reported early Tuesday morning that Weir was hired as the head coach, and two hours later Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs confirmed. “I am excited to officially welcome Paul Weir as new head coach of the Lobos, ” Krebs said in his tweet, expressing excitement with a Lobo emoji. Weir succeeds former head coach Craig Neal who was fired on March 31st after four years at the helm. “I was able to see many of their games this season, and Paul is a bright young mind in the game. His teams play with tremendous passion and energy,” Krebs said in a later statement.
Weir developed as the top candidate for the job after James Borrego, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, took his name out of the hat. Borrego, a New Mexico native, “informed school officials on Sunday night (Apr. 9th) that he planned to exit the search process and continue pursuit of future head-coaching opportunities in the NBA…” reported Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Joe Dooley, Florida Gulf Coast head coach, and Steve Forbes, East Tennessee State head coach, followed suit the day after. Weir came up as the next option, and it worked out.
Weir led New Mexico State to a school record 28 wins last season in his first season with the Aggies, led them to a WAC tournament championship, and a NCAA tournament berth. He also split a season series with the Lobos as the coach of the Aggies last season. He also was the associate head coach under former head coach Marvin Menzies for nine seasons.
Lobo athletic department will hold a press conference on Tuesday (the 11th) at 2:00 pm to introduce Weir as the new head coach.