The Daily Aggie :: 06/01/11

We're hearing there may be some coaching changes coming on the men's basketball staff for the upcoming season. Assistants Mick Durham and Gerald Lewis are the two coaches who we're hearing may not return for the 2011-12 season. Durham has been an Aggie assistant for three seasons while Lewis spent three seasons as the coordinator of player development and was promoted to assistant coach last season.

We've also been told that Durham is a finalist for the open head coaching position at Division II Alaska-Fairbanks and will be in Fairbanks this week for an in-person interview. UAF is scheduled to announce their head coach by June 3rd according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Assistant coach Paul Weir will be entering his sixth season as an assistant with New Mexico State and is the most likely in-house candidate to move into Coach Durham's position while we've heard that Tom Lewis will likely be promoted from his player development position to an assistant coaching position.

A couple of other coaching notes to pass along, former New Mexico State assistant Glynn Cyprien has been named as an associate head coach at Texas A&M by new A&M head coach Billy Kennedy (who left his head coaching position at Murray State, a potential opponent for New Mexico State in this year's Great Alaska Shootout).

On the women's side, former Aggie assistants Brooke Atkinson, Cecilia Russell-Nava and Tony Giannotti have all found new positions. Atkinson is now an assistant at the University of South Dakota, Giannotti is now an assistant at Idaho State and Russell-Nava, a former Aggie player, has found a position on the San Jose State staff under brand new head coach Tim La Kose. We wish all three the best of luck in their new positions.

In case you missed it yesterday, Aggie slugger Hoku Nohara has signed a contract to play professionally with the Akron Racers in the National Professional Fastpitch league. Nohara becomes the first Aggie softball player to play in the NPF and she is now the third Aggie athlete to "go pro" this year after Aggie corner Davon House was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and tight end Kyle Nelson was drafted by the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks.