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Snow leaving Lobo basketball for non-coaching gig out of state

Craig Snow walks the floor in the Pit during a preseason practice last fall. After one season back for his second stint at UNM, Snow is leaving the program to purse a non-basketball, medical field position out of state. (ROBERTO E. ROSALES/JOURNAL)

His second stint with Lobo basketball was a brief one.

Craig Snow, the former Lobo assistant who worked on the staffs of Steve Alford, Craig Neal and Paul Weir, is leaving the program to pursue a non-basketball job opportunity in the medical field outside the state.

His departure, he told the Journal, is not related to any frustration with the program, head coach Weir or the university.

“I consider Paul a friend and I wish him, the coaching staff, players, and all of the families involved a healthy and successful season,” said Snow. “For me personally, the timing of this offer and this specific opportunity provided the best option for my family. I’ve coached the last 16 years in New Mexico, both at the high school and college levels and we have been blessed with the people who have come into our lives and also the success that we’ve been fortunate enough to be around. I’ve recently had the itch to try something outside of coaching and I am looking forward to the next chapter.”

Snow also was head coach and athletic director for five years at New Mexico Highlands before returning to Albuquerque last season as Special Assistant to the Head Coach at UNM.

The father of two — Adelynn, 11, and Beckett, 8 — and his wife, Jessica, who received her Ph.D. from UNM, are expecting their third child this winter. The team was notified of the move on Tuesday, and Snow’s final day at UNM is Friday.

It is unclear when UNM will fill Snow’s position, which earned $85,000 annually, but it does plan to do so.

“Craig has been a close friend to me for many years, so I’m incredibly happy that such a wonderful opportunity has come his way,” Weir told the Journal. “I am thankful to him for taking this past year to commit to helping push our program forward. And I look forward to watching his career grow in new ways.”

Snow’s departure brings the total of high-level staff changes for the Lobos staff to four. The others: assistant coach Jerome Robinson, who left to pursue other interests outside of college basketball; assistant coach Brandon Mason, who resigned after a DUI arrest and is already starting a new career in youth basketball coaching and teaching; and strength and conditioning coach Tyler Stuart, who left for the same position at the University of Cincinnati.

Snow’s return to Lobo basketball was just for the past season while Robinson, Mason and Stuart were all with the Lobos since Weir was hired in 2017.

Snow, a graduate of Evansville University before a brief stint playing professionally overseas, coached high school basketball at Bosque School before joining the Lobos staff from 2011-2014, including as an assistant under Neal for the 2013-14 — the last time the Lobos made the NCAA Tournament.

At NMHU, he led the Cowboys to its only Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and to the Division II NCAA tournament in 2018-19 season.

Snow is well known by Lobo basketball boosters and fans, and he had an active role in the program’s Sixth Man Club and worked primarily on offensive concepts and analytics for the program the past season.

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