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Head Coach Holly Watts and the Mustang Volleyball team were picked to finish 15th this season in the Lone Star Conference Preseason Poll as voted on by coaches and representatives across the league.
Defending conference champions and NCAA quarterfinalists Tarleton racked up 39 first place votes (802 total) to take the top spot to begin the season. Tournament champions, A&M- Commerce came in second with 755 points, followed by Angelo State (717), each with two-first place nods, and West Texas A&M (628) rounded out the top four spots.
Head Women's Basketball Coach Lauren Unger announces the addition of Josh Pace to the coaching staff as the Associate Women's Basketball Coach.Josh Pace joins the Mustang women's basketball coaching staff for the 2019-20 season after four seasons as an assistant coach for the Pepperdine Women's Basketball team.
Pace won an NCAA championship as a player at Syracuse in 2003 under head coach Jim Boeheim and played professionally both abroad and in the U.S. for 10 years.
Former WNMU golfer Calum Hill won for the 2nd time in the last 3 weeks on the European Challenge Tour. The win moves the former Mustang into 2nd place on the season long tour ranking list.
Hill made a critical up and down save of par on the final hole of the Made in Denmark Challenge presented by FREJA. Hill started the final round in a 5-way tie for the lead but quickly took control with birdies on the first two holes of play. Calum fired a -5 par 67 in the final round for a 1 stroke win. Hill fired rounds of 67-68-64 to end the tournament at -22.
Head Softball Coach Elsa Cocker and the Mustang Softball team are set to host two camps this upcoming fall.
A prospect camp is scheduled for September 14th from 9 – 4 p.m. at the WNMU Softball field for 9- 12th graders for a fee of $60.00.
The following day, September 15th, 3rd -8th graders will get their chance to sharpen their skills at the Lil' Mustangs Camp from 9- 1 p.m. at $35.00.
Western New Mexico Women's Basketball Coach Lauren Unger announces the addition of John Sanchez to her coaching staff for the 2019-20 season.
Sanchez comes to Silver City after stints at AAU program, Basketball 2 the Limit, and two seasons as an assistant on the nationally ranked MIT staff. During the 17-18 season, MIT finished with a record of 25-6 and advanced all the way to the Elite 8, only losing to Ramapo in the final seconds. Sanchez helped the Engineers to a 23-5 record in 2018-19, and a second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. While at MIT, he was responsible for individually working with players, recruiting, assisting with in game preparation and video scouting, and assistance in budgeting and expense reports.
WNMU Mustang football hasn't played a home night game in a long, long time. At least not on purpose. There was the homecoming game against Ft. Lewis several years ago that lasted six overtimes and ended on a made field goal that couldn't be seen by most since it was so dark.
Western New Mexico is in the process of adding lights at Altamirano Stadium. When the 2019 schedule was first released, one night game was listed; the October 19 game against Eastern New Mexico University.
Head Coach Frank Tristan and the Western New Mexico Mustang football team were tabbed 9th in the LSC Football Preseason Poll by coaches and representatives across the league.
Tallying 28 points, the Mustangs are preceded by UT-Permian Basin (8), Texas A&M- Kingsville (7), West Texas A&M (6), and Angelo State (5).
Cross state rival Eastern New Mexico rounds out the top-4, behind A&M Commerce (3) and Midwestern State (2). Defending Lone Star Conference Champions, and NCAA Playoff Quarterfinalist Tarleton State took home the top spot with 217 votes.
WNMU football finalized a tough 2019 schedule looking to improve on last year's win less record. Head Coach Frank Tristan won't give you any excuses but coming in as a late hire after spring ball commenced left him little time to recruit or get to know his players.
This past year, the entire staff has attended high school football games throughout New Mexico, Arizona and into West Texas. They have built relationships with a number of coaches in that area and drew positive reviews not only from the coaches but also potential recruits.
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