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Fishbein eyes return to coaching college soccer

Jeremy Fishbein (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

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Jeremy Fishbein, the former University men’s soccer coach, is ready to get back into coaching on the college level, he said Friday, and he’s rooting for Lobo Athletics to garner success, including with its hiring of the head coach for the football program.

“The future of the (UNM) athletic department could be great when they get football rolling,” Fishbein said. “I want to see UNM do great. I want to see them kick ass. They gotta win the community. Once they do, it can be special.”

Fishbein had been studying to acquire his realtor’s license with the hope to sell commercial properties, the Journal reported in October, when the 53-year-old was serving as a volunteer assistant for the Albuquerque High girls soccer team.

That realty job was just not in his blood, “not what my soul wants,” he told the Journal on Friday.

He did acquire his realtor’s license, but his love for coaching just won’t die.

Fishbein on Friday posted on Twitter: “Fish Update: My passion for educating, mentoring, competing..COACHING.. is too strong. I tried some other jobs….not me. I’M A COACH! 100% energy and focus right now finding a job in soccer/football. Ready to get back on the field.”

“I need to be around young people and mentor,” Fishbein told the Journal.

He realizes that his next job could be away from New Mexico, a place he has called home for nearly 20 years. He closed the chapter to his time at UNM at the end of June when the university officially cut men’s soccer, along with men’s and women’s skiing and beach volleyball due to budget constraints and Title IX challenges.

As he expressed in the Journal’s story in October, he remains a supporter of UNM and wants to see the Lobos do well, including the football program.

Fishbein said he was excited to hear that UNM would be contacting Danny Gonzales, the former Lobo football player and assistant coach who is now the Arizona State defensive coordinator, and that Gonzales expressed to his friend’s interest in the job opening.

“I have great memories of Danny,” Fishbein said.

UNM’s football program drew the ire of many Lobo supporters when the four sports were cut. The perspective became that the football program created great costs, yet struggled to compete as shown with three straight losing seasons, 8-28 during 2017-19, including 2-10 this past season.

“It’s a tough job,” Fishbein said of coaching football at UNM. “It’s not for me to judge.

“I hope they figure out who they want as coach and do it right,” Fishbein said. “That is a special place to coach. I can only speak from experience and from that I know that it is a special place to coach.”

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