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Michael Needham Named Aggie Women's Soccer Coach

Michael NeedhamLAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Athletics Director McKinley Boston announced that Michael Needham has been named the first head coach in the history of Aggie women's soccer, Thursday, Oct. 30.

I am pleased to welcome Michael Needham as a new member to the Aggie Family, Boston said. "I am excited about what Michael will bring as leadership in building the women's soccer program at NMSU. I'm sure he will be a good fit in our community and especially the soccer community. His coaching background is outstanding and his vision is very consistence with what I have identified as expectations during this growth period over the next three years. Michael will recruit locally, within the state and west region and I'm excited about that strategy.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Special Guest Post :: Georgia Fans Should Be Commended

This post was written by and republished with permission from Howard Smith of the NCAA's official blog, The Double-A Zone. We feel that this post is especially relevant in light of last week's heartbreaking loss to the Lobos. There are probably fans who may not attend another football game this season simply because the Aggies lost to the Lobos. We hope that's not your case. Please take a moment to read Mr. Smith's post, hopefully you'll gain some insight into what makes college sports so great. And if you are one of those people who are thinking about skipping out on Saturday's game whether its the early kickoff or because they Aggies lost to their in-state rivals, we hope you'll reconsider and give the football team the support they deserve.

As I was driving from South Bend to Chicago Saturday night after attending the Notre Dame football game, I flipped on my radio and searched around the AM channels looking for a college football game to listen to.

After a few minutes, I landed on a channel and was immediately surprised by two things - I was picking up an Atlanta station carrying the Georgia radio network and Alabama was leading the Bulldogs, 31-0, at halftime.

Yes, I was stunned that Alabama was embarrassing Georgia on its home field. I didn't see that coming at all.

But what shocked me more was the dialogue that was occurring between the Georgia announcers. They were talking about the standing ovations that the Georgia fans were giving the team as they went into and came out of the halftime locker room. According to one announcer, he had never been so proud of the Georgia fans in all his years of broadcasting Bulldogs games.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rick Pitino Announced As Guest Of Honor For Nov. 4th NMSU 6th Man Club Fundraiser

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Louisville University men's head basketball coach Rick Pitino is scheduled to be the guest of honor at the New Mexico State University "6th Man Club" men's basketball fund raising dinner on Tuesday November 4th, 2008 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum.

"With Coach Pitino's ties to both Reggie Theus and Marvin Menzies, we feel like he has already been a part of our program for the last three seasons, said 6th Man Club organizers Lou Sisbarro and Kevin McGrath. "We know it's election night but we're confident Aggie basketball fans understand what a big deal this is for us. Coach Menzies was able to coordinate our event with Pitino's busy schedule we're just thrilled Coach Pitino will join us."

Joining Sisbarro and McGrath as 6th Man Club volunteers this year are Joe Bullock, Mickey Clute, Bump Elliott, Barbara Hubbard, John Hummer, Rick Nezzer, John Papen, George Ruth, Lynda Taylor, Chuck Widger and Michael Yoke.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Athletics Extends Broadcast Rights Deal

Written By: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggie Sports Network and Radio of Las Cruces (Sunrise Broadcasting Inc. & Richardson Commercial Corporation) have agreed to a new broadcast rights contract for both English and Spanish broadcasts. Radio of Las Cruces stations (K-GREAT 104, HOT 103, KSNM 570 & KKVS-FM Viva Vista 98.7FM La GranD) will retain their designation as the flagship stations for all NMSU athletic events.

The new deal calls for the live English broadcast of all New Mexico State University football and men's basketball games on K-GREAT 104, as well as a minimum of 10 volleyball, 25 women's basketball, 25 baseball, and 8 softball games broadcast on KSNM 570. The coverage of Aggie sports in Spanish on KKVS 98.7 FM includes all football games, all men's basketball home games, and selected other contests throughout the year.   Continue Reading This Post >>

WAC And ESPN Reach Nine Year Extension Agreement

WAC Commissioner Karl Benson announced the the WAC and ESPN have reached an agreement to extend the WAC's television deal with ESPN through April of 2017.

At least 16 football games per year will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU with all nine teams making at least one appearance on the ESPN family of networks. Men's basketball will have at least 12 regular season games televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU and at least one quarterfinal, one semifinal and the WAC championship game will be televised.

For the first time ever women's basketball will have their games televised on the ESPN family of networks. An average of eight televised games per season and in addition the WAC tournament championship game will also be televised. Also added into the new deal will be the televising of the WAC volleyball tournament championship match.

View the full media release | Watch video from the announcement.

Optimism Reigns Supreme For 2008 Aggie Football Campaign

Written By: Steve Macy, NMSU Associate Athletic Director

Editorial Note: This article originally appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News on Saturday, July 26.

I moved to Las Cruces a little over a year ago after 13 years in the WAC office in Denver. During those 13 years, the WAC had severe membership turnover and I worked with over 20 schools. I had never seen the level of commitment to improving a program like I saw at New Mexico State. When I was asked to join the Aggie team, I knew that I had found the next exciting adventure in my professional life.

I believe the 2008 New Mexico State football season will be its own great adventure, culminating with the first Aggie bowl berth since Charlie Johnson donned the Crimson and White. The reasons for optimism are real, both on the field and off.

  • Defense: It only takes a few minutes to see that the defense will be much improved over last year. The passion and energy that was too often missing from last year’s squad is here in a big way under Joe Lee Dunn’s leadership. Players in spring practice were learning to run to the ball and make tackles. There is great talent on the defensive side of the ball and the 3-3-5 alignment will allow that talent to shine. But, the biggest difference and one that all Aggie fans will notice will be in the passion and energy. These kids will be getting after the ball on every play.
  • Offense: The offense brings back its biggest weapons in quarterback Chase Holbrook and receives Chris Williams and AJ Harris. But, it also brings in talent that can flat out run. The offense is designed to create space for players to make big plays. With increased speed, the Aggie offense is poised to have a very special season.
  • Kicking Game: Kicking field goals is now a real weapon in the Aggie arsenal. Fourth and six on the 20 does not automatically mean going for it. The Aggies can now realistically turn those situations into three points.
  • Operation Crimson Ribbon: There are many people in this community that are squarely behind the Aggies. Unfortunately, some of them cannot afford to buy tickets, even though the Aggies have the lowest tickets prices in the WAC. We have put into place a process to allow fans to buy season tickets and donate the tickets to any game back to NMSU athletic marketing for distribution to charitable organizations and military personnel. We have had a healthy response to this community outreach plan and will continue to elicit donations.
  • Entertainment Value: Perhaps nowhere else in town can you get over three hours of entertainment for just $6. Come out and tailgate before the game and you can stretch that same three hours to five or more hours. Compare that to a 1.5-hour movie and the value of family entertainment at Aggie home football games is staggering. Not only will you get the games themselves, but we will feature firework shows, the largest video display in the state of New Mexico, a salute to America’s heroes, fund-raising in connection with the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign, great give-aways and, a few surprises to keep you on your toes. A season ticket starts at just $36 for the six home games. So, for the price of just a half a tank of gas, you can get a minimum of 18 hours of entertainment.

By looking at the program enhancements that have been put into place in terms of facility upgrades, academic reform, as well as talent and coaching upgrades, I believe that the 2008 season will be a very special one. The changes we have made to your game-day experience will also be very evident this year, as we work to continually maximize your entertainment dollar.

It is a great time to be an Aggie and I hope you join us in making every day game day.

Aggie Athletics Honored For Diversity Efforts

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - In a partnership with Texas A&M University's Laboratory for Diversity in Sport the NCAA has announced the recipients of the 2008 Diversity in Athletics Awards. The awards center on overall excellence in diversity, and also honor NCAA schools in seven specific categories. The New Mexico State Athletics department was recognized for their diversity strategy in Racial Diversity.

"We are proud that our Department's Diversity program has been recognized by our peers as worthy of this recognition," NMSU Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston said. "A commitment to Diversity continues to be a cornerstone of our Strategic Plan and we look forward to this year's program when we will meet with Hispanic leaders from our community to better understand how to acculturate our program efforts to better serve our customers."  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 06/01/08 :: NMSU Presidential Update

The Advocate in Louisiana is reporting that NMSU President Michael Martin has decided to accept the Chancellor position at LSU. They are also reporing that a contract could be finalized by Thursday.

Aggie Student-Athletes Give Back; Contribute Nearly 4,000 Hours In Community Service

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - While New Mexico State student-athletes spend many hours in the classroom and on the courts and fields around campus and Las Cruces, the Aggies also find the time to give back to the community in Southern New Mexico.

This year, NMSU student-athletes contributed 3,923 hours of community services as of the end of April. If the Aggies were financially compensated for their efforts of nearly 4,000 hours, the total would value nearly $60,000.

Softball is the top contributing team with an average of 19.875 hours per student-athlete while swimming and diving is a close second with 19.1 hours. The women’s tennis (17.7), men’s tennis (16.7), volleyball (15.9) and women’s track and field (15.565) squad also topped the list for support.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Athletics Holds End Of The Year Awards Picnic

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Over 100 student-athletes, student athletic trainers and student managers were honored Wednesday, April 30th for their athletic and academic achievements and loyal commitment during the 2007-08 academic year at the 3rd Annual Aggie Athletics Picnic. During the ceremony, 113 Aggies earned letter jackets.

The awards ceremony was highlighted by the 3rd annual, Joe and Van Bullock Athletic Director’s Medal of Honor given to a male and female student-athlete that not only achieved athletically and academically during the year, but was also a big part in the community. This year’s award went to Trei Stewart (Men’s Basketball) and Stephanie Herrera (Softball).  Continue Reading This Post >>