New Mexico Corridor of Fame coach Mike Brown has died

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – New Mexico Hall of Fame basketball coach Mike Brown died early Thursday morning after battling a rare form of Parkinson’s disease. The longtime coach of the Albuquerque Academy was with his 52-year-old wife Carol and other family members when he died. “He went out as if he were living his life with grace and dignity, with strength, compassion and, most importantly, just thinking of others,” said son Danny Brown. “He thought of our whole family and he fought his way through because he wanted to be with us and bring us together.”

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Brown had a series of six straight state championships at the Academy from 1989 to 1994. Following the publication of the news of Brown’s death, tributes came from some of the former players and coaches who contributed to the success. “His former players, former coach, you know James Borrego, it was amazing,” said Danny. “I told my mom today that it was like an out-of-body experience for us, just with all the joy of thinking that a situation like this wouldn’t bring much joy, but God did.” Current golf analyst and four-time PGA Tour winner Notah Begay III played basketball for Mike Brown. He credits Brown for helping him achieve some of his success. “Without people like Mike Brown in my life to encourage and guide me, I would not have been able to reach the heights I have reached as an athlete,” said Begay III. “He was so much more than just a basketball coach, and that was especially true of me.” Mike Brown was 75 years old.

In Other Sports News, Eastern New Mexico interviewed its fourth and final candidate for the job of vacant sports director on Thursday. The Eastern New Mexico News reported that Tony Hobbs was interviewed. Hobbs is the sports director at NAIA member school Bethel College in Kansas. Former Lobo men’s basketball coach Paul Weir was one of the first candidates interviewed for the job. Weir said in his interview that he would apply three standards to every decision. Will it improve resources? Will it improve enrollment? Will it improve retention? The ENMU could already make a decision on a new sports director on Friday. The decision could also be made next week or later.

New Mexico United are trying to recover at Real Monarchs

The NCAA voted Wednesday to allow athletes to make money with their name and likeness. At least 24 states have passed NIL laws to take effect, including New Mexico. “It’s a learning experience for them. I think it’s a great opportunity for them, ”said UNM soccer coach Danny Gonzales. “Well, if we can help them in any way, I’ll do it because that’s what they’re here for. We are here to look after them and help them in whatever they do. You have the option to sell yourself. I’m on board. “

New Mexico United are hoping to rely on its deep depth to get back to the Victory Column at Real Monarchs on Wednesday night. “What we have is a small squad, but from one to twenty-one we have so many different types of players that can hurt our opponents in different ways,” said NM United head coach Troy Lesesne. “We look at this for every game, not just from Friday to Wednesday, Saturday, everything on the street. It’s really about harnessing the quality of the depth that we have. ”Wednesday evening playtime is 8pm.

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