Coach Rich Alday is preparing to manage the Lobos in the upcoming MWC tournament. We found out today that this will be Alday's last season as the skipper of the Lobo baseball program. While Alday leavesUNM as the all-time winningest coach, he was never able to get over the proverbial hump and led his team to the Collegiate World Series.
Unfortunately Coach Alday and the voice of the Lobos
Dan Rivera aren't in town currently so i wasn't able to get any words from
Unfortunately Coach Alday and the voice of the Lobos Dan Rivera aren't in town currently so i wasn't able to get any words from either.
Here is the official word from UNM:
University of New Mexico head baseball coach Rich Alday announced today that he will step down from his postion once the 2007 season comes to an end. Alday might accept another position within the athletics department. UNM director of athletics Paul Krebs said the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
The Lobos play San Diego State Wednesday at 4 p.m., in the opening round of the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas. Every game of the double-elimination tournament will be televised by The mtn.
"We had a great 18 years," said Alday, who is the Lobos' winningest baseball coach with a 513-511-3 record since 1990. "We had some outstanding athletes, including several All-America performers, who put up some impressive numbers. Working with the student-athletes is what I will miss the most."
The Lobos enter the MWC tournament with a 26-28 overall record. They finished 12-12 in the MWC standings, tying San Diego State and Utah for third place.
"We would like to thank Rich for his 18 years of service to the University of New Mexico baseball program," said Krebs. "He has been a fine representative for the Lobos. We look forward to Rich possibly joining us in an administrative capacity."
Alday, 59, is completing his 18th season at New Mexico. He reached several career milestones in 2007, gaining his 500th win while at UNM on March 30 against San Diego State. A 35-year veteran of collegiate coaching, Alday earned his 1,000th collegiate victory at Air Force on Apr. 16.
Alday came to UNM in 1990 after 17 seasons as head coach at Pima Community College in his hometown of Tucson, Ariz. Starting the program from scratch in 1973, Alday led Pima to a 496-220 record with five Arizona Junior College Athletic Conference titles. His 1985 team finished second at the Junior College World Series.
While at New Mexico, Alday was the 1992 and 1995 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and he captured the same honor in the Mountain West Conference in 2000 when the Lobos won the regular season title with a 22-8 record.
Alday's Lobo teams produced 56 all-conference performers and 34 selections in the Major League Baseball Draft from 1990-2006.
Alday was an assistant coach for the United States Olympic baseball teams in 1988 and 1996.