By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico
Eastern New Mexico University athletic director Mike Maguire will step down effective July 1 after eight years to take a new position in the athletic department.
Maguire will be responsible for athletic fundraising and special events in his new post, according to a release from the university. He is also expected to take a teaching position in ENMU’s physical education department.
ENMU president Steven Gamble said Friday the school will immediately begin a nationwide search for Maguire’s replacement as AD, although he added persons from within the department may also apply. Faculty athletic representative Gene Smith will lead the search committee, which will eventually make a recommendation to Gamble.
“The university is grateful for the hard work Mike Maguire performed as athletic director,” Gamble said. “We know he can serve the university in other ways, and we’re glad he’ll remain in the athletic department.”
Maguire, 50, played basketball at ENMU from 1976-78 before finishing his college career at Mesa State. He spent one season as the volleyball coach at Chadron State, then 20 seasons as ENMU’s volleyball coach (1987-2006) where he compiled a record of 392-269.
His teams won a Lone Star Conference regular-season championship in 1993 and LSC tournament titles in 1991 and 1993. Maguire was named LSC coach of the year three times (1991, 1993, 1995).
The Zias posted 16 consecutive winning seasons under his tutelage, capped by a 25-9 mark and an NCAA Division II regional final berth in 2004.
In the 2001-02 school year, he picked up AD responsibilities.
“It’s the best group of guys a guy could work with,” Maguire said Friday. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”
He said details of the new position haven’t yet been worked out.
“It’s still unclear at this time,” he said. “We’ll do the best we can with it, whatever it entails.”
Gamble said he expects Maguire will teach two classes in the PE department. He said thinks he thinks Maguire will be an effective fundraiser for the athletic department, adding that the change was a while in development.
“It just came up in conversations,” Gamble said.
In Maguire’s tenure as AD, he oversaw the addition of men’s and women’s soccer, the reinstatement of men’s and women’s track, the construction of baseball and softball fieldhouses, the building of a soccer field and the resurfacing of the university track. ENMU also added a fulltime compliance position to ensure the school meets NCAA eligibility rules.