Maybe it was around the time Craig Snow and his Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament champion New Mexico Highlands Cowboys were rolling through a welcome home parade last March in Las Vegas, N.M., in rental minivans when it really started to sink in.
After a weeklong odyssey from New Mexico to Nevada to Utah to Colorado and back home with the scrappy Division II basketball team that had just qualified for the NCAA Tournament, Snow was thoroughly enjoying the payoff he was experiencing with his players after five years of coaching the Northern New Mexico team.
The man then with the dual title of NMHU men’s basketball coach and athletic director was coming to a realization. The ideal long-term situation wouldn’t be doing both jobs at once. So when what he calls “an ideal” opportunity to work with head coach Paul Weir and return to the University of New Mexico arose, he decided the daily interactions with players and impact on the lives of young people he could have as a coach was worth sticking with.