Elmer Chavez Named Interim Women's BBall Coach

New Mexico State Athletics Director Brian Faison announced today that NMSU men's assistant basketball coach and New Mexico native Elmer Chavez has been named interim women's basketball coach and former longtime NMSU assistant men's basketball coach Greg Berry has been named interim assistant women's basketball coach.

The women's basketball coaching situation at New Mexico State University has taken another twist. Late Tuesday night, New Mexico State men's basketball assistant coach Elmer Chavez was named interim head women's coach, replacing Marlene Stollings.

Chavez confirmed to the Sun-News that he will be leaving with the women's basketball team this morning. NMSU, which is tied for the Sun Belt Western Division lead at 6-2, is at New Orleans on Thursday and South Alabama Saturday.

"I was in bed at 10:15 and I got a call from Lou Henson and he told me to meet Brian Faison at the school," said Chavez at 11:55 p.m. Tuesday. "I went to meet with Brian and he asked me if I could take over the women's job. I then met with the team and they cheered me when I walked into meeting with them.

"Now I'm just watching tapes of the team, going over personal and we're going to be ready to leave in the morning. We'll give it our best shot at winning. I just know they needed someone to work with the team and I'll do the best I can."

Fellow women's assistants Derek Jordan and Josh Pearson also have apparently left the team along with Stollings.

Former Aggie men's assistant and Aggie softball coach Greg Berry will help Chavez coach the women's team.

No information was available as to why Stollings, Pearson and Jordan left their positions.

Stollings was named interim coach on Dec. 21 replacing Nikita Lowry, who was placed on administrative leave. Stollings was 9-3 as coach.

The Aggies are 12-8 overall on the year.

This was Chavez's third year working with the men's team. He's also been a high school coach in Colorado and New Mexico, as well as a coach on the collegiate level at Ceadarville University in Ohio. Chavez also spent time as a men's assistant at NMSU from 1983-85.

Berry is no stranger to NMSU athletics. He served as an assistant under former coaches Ken Hayes and Weldon Drew, as well as current coach Lou Henson.

Berry also was the NMSU softball coach from 1986-1990.

"I got a call at 10:32 from Brian Faison and he asked if I'd be willing to serve as an assistant to Elmer," Berry confirmed late Tuesday. "I don't know all what took place that led up to this. I know I have to leave in the morning for the team's road trip."

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