Jeremy Fishbein endured one of his most painful experiences as a coach within the past week when he helped a New Mexico men’s soccer player transfer from the Lobos, he said at a press conference Tuesday.
Fishbein, the men’s soccer coach in his 17th season at UNM, would not comment to the Journal last Wednesday when it was reported the Lobo men’s soccer team was told its spring soccer season will not happen. Men’s soccer was one of three sports cut after a UNM Board of Regents vote in August because of athletic department budget struggles. At that time, regents, UNM President Garnett Stokes and Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez said the student athletes in the cut sports would be fully supported through the duration of their coming seasons (men’s soccer’s regular season ends in November) and would all remain a part of department until the July 1, 2019, elimination date.
Fishbein was candid with the media, yet held back at times, saying, “I have to be careful in what I say,” and, “I have a very biased opinion. Now is not the time for me to share my biased opinion.”
However, Fishbein expressed disappointment about the decision to cut the Lobos’ spring season, which consists of practices and five matches used to prepare for the regular season in the fall.