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Beggin Joins Lobo Staff

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Ex-Lobo Will Handle Video

 

Coming back to New Mexico gave Amy Beggin an immediate warm feeling.

One of the most accomplished women’s basketball players in University of New Mexico program history is back as part of its coaching staff. Beggin was recently hired to fill the new position of video coordinator and was back in the Davalos Center offices Monday.

“I always wanted to come back here,” Beggin said. “Once I made the decision to get into coaching, I hoped the opportunity might come up. To be back here now is really a dream come true.”

A 2010 UNM graduate, Beggin spent the last school year as a graduate assistant at South Dakota State. She was responsible for video exchange and breakdown, which is a significant part of her new role at New Mexico.

Beggin said she enjoyed working for South Dakota State coach Aaron Johnston, but was intrigued when she heard Yvonne Sanchez had been hired as head coach at UNM. When she learned of the video coordinator opening, Beggin quickly applied.

“The timing was great,” she said. “My job at South Dakota State was a two-year position at maximum, so I knew I was going to have to find something else.”

Sanchez was only too happy to hire Beggin, who was immensely popular with Lobo fans during her playing career.

“We’re very fortunate to get someone of Amy’s caliber on staff,” Sanchez said. “She knows the program and is someone who gives her best effort to whatever she does.”

Beggin earned a reputation for toughness during her career, playing through numerous injuries and rarely leaving the court during games. She finished her career sixth on UNM’s career scoring list with 1,423 points and third in career assists.

Her new position will require Beggin to break down video of both UNM and upcoming opponents. She’ll help create scouting reports, coordinate video exchanges and assist Sanchez and other Lobo coaches as needed.

Beggin’s position does not include on-court coaching, something she aspires to do in the future. However, she sees it as a step up the coaching ladder — and the climate ladder.

“I don’t know if I could’ve survived another South Dakota winter,” she said. “I got too used to New Mexico.”

ACADEMIC HONOR: UNM ranked eighth on the recently released Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 list for Division I in 2010-11. The Lobos posted an overall 3.454 grade-point average and were the only Mountain West Conference team among the top 25.

“It’s a tremendous honor for our program,” Sanchez said. “Coach (Don) Flanagan established a tradition of making academics as important as basketball. We want to continue that tradition.”

South Dakota State ranked No. 1 on the WBCA Academic list with a 3.666 combined GPA.

— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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