Aggie Volleyball Picked To Win League; Three Aggies Earn Preseason All-WAC Honors

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference volleyball coaches have selected New Mexico State to win the WAC regular-season crown in 2014. The coaches also voted on the preseason award winners and Utah Valley junior middle blocker Lauren Bakker was the pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

New Mexico State received six of the first-place votes with Seattle U earning the other two. The Aggies earned 48 total points, followed by Seattle U with 43. Utah Valley was picked to finish third with 35 points, followed by Missouri-Kansas City in fourth with 27 points, just ahead of Bakersfield in fifth with 26 and Grand Canyon in sixth with 22 points. Texas-Pan American and Chicago State rounded out the poll with 16 and seven points, respectively.  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Men's Basketball Releases 2014-15 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A challenging non-conference slate, 17 home games and an appearance on ESPN’s 24-hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon highlight the 2014-15 New Mexico State men’s basketball schedule.

“Overall, I really like the depth of our schedule,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies, who enters his eighth season at the helm. “It’s going to be a very tough, demanding and challenging for our young men and staff. We aren’t going to shy away from anyone and our schedule proves that. Our schedule is going to be exciting for the community and our fans.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Picked To Finish Sixth In Coaches Poll; Layla Todd Named Preseason All-WAC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Seattle U was selected as the favorite to win the 2014 Western Athletic Conference women’s soccer title as determined by a vote of the league’s eight head coaches. The 2014 WAC preseason all-conference women’s soccer team and preseason Players of the Year were also announced as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Seattle U was selected first in the poll as the team received seven first place votes for 49 total points. The Redhawks return six of their 11 starters from a team that went 17-3-2 in 2013 and finished first in WAC play with a perfect 12-0-0 record. The team also claimed the WAC Tournament title and made it’s first-ever appearance at the NCAA Division I Tournament.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Green Interview :: 07/31/14 :: Introductory Interview This is your first head coaching job obviously and coming back to your alma mater and being able to bring your wife back to the area that she’s from has to a huge plus for you.
Brian Green: Yeah. When this thing first happened and it was one of the earlier jobs to open up this summer, I prayed, I hoped, I did everything I could to prepare to put myself in a position to be a candidate of quality for Dr. Boston. I have always to be the head coach of this program. The fact of bringing Becki back and seeing her family and being close to my family in California is icing on the cake. My heart is here within this community and this program. I loved it here. I’m excited to get out and recruit because I’m going to be really passionate about bringing people here. It’ll be an honest sell. Obviously you’re no stranger to the area and recruiting the west coast, spending time out at Hawai’i and in California. What is the biggest selling point for you for bringing kids into Las Cruces and New Mexico State?
BG: I think it’ll change. I hope that it changes and I say that because in three years I hope that we’re selling that we’ve got a track record of going to the postseason and producing winning teams and filling up the stands. Early on our mission will be simple in terms of our recruiting approach and what we’re going to sell is Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley. We’re going to sell the campus and the student experience at New Mexico State. It needs to be sold because it’s special. Then we’re really going to sell the recruiting and the developing from the coaching staff that we’re putting together which we’re close on. It’s going to have a track record of producing professional talent where kids are improving their draft status and they’re getting a chance to move on in professional baseball. Then the coaching staff that will be put together will have a track record of winning and getting to the postseason so those will be the two things that we’ll attack early — the recruiting and developing and the winning of the staff and then the campus and student experience at New Mexico State and then hopefully in three years we’ve changed what we’re selling and that’s that we’re winning at a high level.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Name Brian Green As Head Baseball Coach

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Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston announced on Friday, July 25 that Brian Green will be the 10th head coach in NM State baseball program history.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Football Begins Fall Practice, Friday, August 1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team opens its 2014 fall camp, Friday, Aug. 1, at the football practice field beginning at 3:00 p.m. Practices will be open for the first 45 minutes of practice then closed for the remainder of practice. The first five days of camp are the NCAA mandated five-day acclimation period before the Aggies jump right into two-a-day practices on Aug. 9.

The Aggies' annual media day in Las Cruces is scheduled for July 31 at 10:30 a.m., in the football meeting rooms, located on the north end of the stadium.

NM State opens up its 2014 season, Aug. 28, against Cal Poly inside Aggie Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Season tickets are available now and start at only $50, while kids 12 and under are just $5 a game. Tickets can be purchased through the Pan American Center ticket office, by calling 575-646-1420, or visiting and searching for NM State football. The Ticketmaster website now allows Aggie fans to pick their specific seats directly from their computer.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Sun Belt Football Preseason Coaches Poll Released; Aggies Picked 11th

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Sun Belt Conference office announced the 2014 Preseason Coaches Poll, July 19. NM State was selected No. 11 in the poll with 26 points.

“Right now all we can worry about is ourselves,” head coach Doug Martin said. “There is a reason why you play the games. We know that this is a much improved football team right now then from this time last year. We understand the challenges we have ahead of us and we look forward to those challenges and getting back on the football field.”

NM State went 2-10 in 2013 during Martin’s first season as head coach after playing one of the toughest schedules in the school’s history. The Aggies faced five teams that had participated in a bowl game the previous season while also playing two teams ranked in the top 15 in the nation.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Fourteen Aggies Honored By ITA For Academic Success

A total of fourteen Aggie men's and women's tennis players were honored by the ITA on Thursday for their academic success as the ITA announced their All-Academic teams.

The men's team placed eight student-athletes on the All-Academic teams, more than any other school in the WAC by a wide margin as the next closest school placed three student-athletes on the All-Academic team.

The women's team placed six on the All-Academic team, second most on the women's side behind UT Pan American which had seven honorees.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, or CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).

The list of honorees is as follows:

Degardin, Germain, New Mexico State
Thomas Douglas, New Mexico State
Liam Goldberg, New Mexico State
Jeremy Harlas, New Mexico State
Naveensaii Manivannan, New Mexico State
Patrick Pfister, New Mexico State
Strahinja Trecakov, New Mexico State
Marc Westgate, New Mexico State

Susana Alcaraz Gonzalez, New Mexico State
Mia Brandt, New Mexico State
Brittany Collens, New Mexico State
Ashvarya Shrivastava, New Mexico State
Maria Van der Ben, New Mexico State
Annemieke Witte, New Mexico State  Continue Reading This Post >>

Maxwell Johnson Named To Lou Groza Award Watch List

Written By: Sun Belt Media Relations

New Mexico State's Maxwell Johnson was named to the thirty-player Watch List for the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission on Wednesday.

Johnson returns after he was NMSU's leading scorer in 2013. His 10 field goals came in the span of the final eight games, including a pair in the 4th quarter of a 34-29 victory over Abilene Christian.

Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Thursday, November 6th. From this list, a panel of more than 300 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, and former Groza finalists selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, November 24th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 11th during the Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.  Continue Reading This Post >>