Marc Hsu, we hardly knew you.
The 36-year-old assistant coach for the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team has been lured away after two and a half months on the job as the team’s top recruiter, officially accepting Wednesday an assistant coaching job with Western Kentucky University.
Hsu, who followed Lobos head coach Paul Weir to UNM after also being his assistant last season at New Mexico State University, was to earn $150,000 this season on a contract he signed May 4. WKU offered more than $200,000 in base salary.
According to Hsu’s contract with UNM, which the university provided the Journal on Wednesday morning after an Inspection of Public Records Act request, Hsu has no buyout but will be responsible for reimbursing any moving expenses he collected when taking the job in April.
Hsu was the recruiting coordinator for UNM and had a significant role in landing each of the five recruits who have signed this offseason.
While the decision was not made official until Wednesday, WKU had already added Hsu to its online employee directory as an assistant coach Tuesday morning.
The transition comes at a difficult time for Weir and the Lobos as Wednesday was the first day of the heavy July evaluation period in which the NCAA allows four coaches per Division I team to be on the road recruiting.
UNM has three open scholarships and Weir was in the process Wednesday evening of deciding how to fill the coaching vacancy, though he did say he had a short list of candidates.