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SILVER CITY, N.M. -- Director of Athletics, Scott Noble, announces the hiring of new Head Women's Basketball Coach Josh Pace. He takes leadership of the program after spending last season as the associate head coach for the Mustangs
"I would like to thank Scott Noble and staff for the opportunity to be the next coach of the Western New Mexico Women's basketball team. Our main goal will be to come in and get better everyday on and off the court. We will look to compete in the tough Lone Star Conference, also focus on our student athletes to continue success in the classroom. Basketball has been an integral part of my story and I look forward to coaching the next generation of Mustang student-athletes."
SILVER CITY, N.M. – Alex Hunt will takeover as Head Tennis Coach announced today by Director of Athletics Scott Noble.
"Alex comes highly recommended not only as a high quality individual, but also as a leader, teacher and player" said Noble. "I am so pleased that Alex has accepted the position. He and his wife Megan will be a tremendous addition to our university, community and athletic department. There is a renewed excitement around our tennis program, and we look forward to the coming year."
Hunt has spent the last season as the Graduate Assistant with the Men's and Women's tennis teams at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. While working on earning his Master's Degree Kinesiology & Sport Recreation Management, Hunt as also dedicated his coaching efforts as the Head Director of the Big Country Elite Tournament training group, and Assistant Tennis Teaching Professional at the Rose Park Tennis Center.
When Scott Noble took the position of Athletic Director at WNMU, one of his top priorities was to bring baseball back to the institution. Western had a strong tradition in the sport before it was dropped in the early 90s due to Title IX requirements and budget constraints. Prior to that, baseball at WNMU had been highly successful and attracted a lot of kids from around New Mexico.
The process would not be easy as several things had to happen before baseball could be added. In order to maintain compliance with Title IX, ensuring equal opportunity for female student-athletes, women's soccer would also be added. Noble and others felt WNMU could be very competitive in that sport as well.
Amid the concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus, the NCAA made a circuitous decision to cancel not just the postseason tournaments for basketball and other winter sports, but they also cancelled the remaining portion of the season for spring sports. For WNMU, this meant the men's and women's golf and tennis teams along with softball saw an abrupt end to their seasons.
The vast majority of student-athletes will not go on to play professionally so for some this means the end of their competitive athletic careers. While they knew it would happen eventually, to have it come sooner than expected deals a blow to the students. Most of these sports at WNMU were having competitive seasons and they have now lost out on an opportunity to compete for championships.
With less than 24 hours to recover from the series prior, the Western New Mexico softball team traveled back in state to take on the Greyhounds of Eastern New Mexico. Game times were moved up a day due to weather concerns on Sunday.
Brenda Dominguez (El Paso, Tx/Americas HS) turned on the afterburners on the back nine Tuesday as roared past Lindenwood's McKenna Montgomery to defend her 2019 title in the 2020 SMSU Spring Invitational at the Wigwam Resort, near Phoenix. Dominguez shot the tournament's low round of 70 to take her second Blue Ribbon in the event. Matched up with Monday's opening 74, Brenda's even-par 144 effort led her Mustang teammates to a third-place finish in the tournament after rounds of 312-304.
Lindenwood won the tournament with 301-298. Nebraska Kearney finished two shots clear of WNMU to finish second.
"First, I would like to thank Dr. Joseph Shepard and Scott Noble for the opportunity to lead their Men's Basketball team. Both are tremendous leaders whom have an excellent vision for Western New Mexico University, and I could not be more excited to be joining their team in Silver City" said Gibson.
"I also would like to thank Coach Kirby Davis and Coach Josh Newman. They pushed me to be better every day, first as a basketball player, and then as a coach. Growing up in a basketball household it has always been my dream to lead my own program. There is an unbelievable basketball tradition here at Western New Mexico, as well as some amazing people and students. My wife, Teal, and I are ecstatic about joining the mustang family. We are looking forward to this great opportunity, and getting to work! Go Mustangs!"
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