New Mexico men’s assistant basketball coach Wyking Jones has accepted an assistant coaching position under Rick Pitino at Louisville. Meanwhile, UNM coach Steve Alford has promoted Duane Broussard to the vacated spot on the Lobos’ coaching staff.
Broussard — who has been at UNM for nine years, the past three as Alford’s director of operations — had been offered an assistant coaching position at Fresno State. The Journal had learned Broussard’s preference was to stay at UNM if he a chance to replace Jones.
“Wyking has been an integral part of our success the last two years,” said Alford in a statement released by the school. “This is a great opportunity for him and we wish him the best.”
Regarding Broussard, “Duane has been at the university for 9 years and is very deserving of this.”
Broussard came to UNM nine years ago as an assistant for five years under coach Ritchie McKay. Broussard was a key member of McKay’s staff, being the lead recruiter for ex-Lobo and current NBA star Danny Granger. Granger transferred to UNM from Bradley, where Broussard was coaching before taking a job on UNM’s staff.
When McKay was fired in 2007, Broussard remained at UNM and spent the 2007-08 season working as the Director of Recruitment Initiatives in the enrollment services office.
Jones has been at UNM for two years. He worked for Nike as the travel team manager before coming to New Mexico and has maintained strong connections with the company as well as with AAU basketball.