Danielle Donahew Executive Director – Women's Basketball Coaches' Association "The WBCA celebrates when a successful assistant women's basketball coach is rewarded with their first head coaching position. Brooke Atkinson has proven herself as an assistant coach over the last 15 years as a contributing member of conference championship-winning staffs at New Mexico State, South Dakota and most recently Colorado State. Now she has been given the opportunity to lead a program of her own. Congratulations, Brooke, on your return to New Mexico State as head coach of the Aggies!" Ryun Williams Head Coach – Colorado State University "New Mexico State hired a good one! Brooke will be an exceptional head coach and is no doubt ready for this amazing opportunity. She is a tireless worker who understands championship culture and character. Fans will be excited to support this amazing young woman and will enjoy watching her teams compete." Amy Williams Head Coach – University of Nebraska – Lincoln "New Mexico State University made a terrific hire for their women's basketball program with Brooke Atkinson . She has had a positive impact on every program for which she has worked. Her ability to make positive connections with young women makes her an extremely effective leader and recruiter. The future looks very bright for the Aggies women's basketball program." Tamara Inoue Head Coach – UC Irvine "Brooke is a tireless worker and values the commitment to winning championships. She has a huge respect for New Mexico State and will do everything to represent the University in a positive light. I'm excited for the future of the Aggies under the leadership of Brooke Atkinson ."
Yup, Mario did his homework and due diligence...she's a winner. Glad he was able to hire a well-qualified female head coach as the athletics department was down to one with the retirement of Coach Booth and the termination of equestrian.