UNM introduces new athletic director Eddie Nuñez
KOB.com Web Staff
September 08, 2017 09:42 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico officially introduced its new athletic director Friday.
Eddie Nuñez takes over for Paul Krebs, who retired this summer. Coming to Albuquerque from LSU, he is UNM's 13th athletic director in the history of the school.
Nuñez said he plans to hire a chief financial officer to help with budgetary issues, but his first order of business is just to get to know everybody.
"My biggest focus is going to be getting into the community and getting people to understand why UNM is going to continue to be great," he said. "That's my focus. That's going to be my family's focus. We're going to be there. We're going to be out there and we're going to do it."
Nuñez was deputy director of athletics for 14 years. He struck a five-year deal with UNM and make a base salary of $300,000 a year.
Krebs announced his retirement in June, following announcements by state officials that they would be looking into possible misuse of taxpayer dollars by the athletics department.
The official introduction comes just a day ahead of one of the most popular events for UNM athletics – the annual Rio Grande Rivalry battle with NMSU. The Lobos will be looking to exact revenge on the Aggies after losing to NMSU last year in Las Cruces.
"I want to be able to sit down with our coaches and understand their philosophies, understand what they're trying to do, how they do things and let's see how things go," Nuñez said. "Right now, I don't have any agenda. Look at different coaches in different ways. We have some wonderful coaches here."
KOB.com Web Staff
Updated: September 08, 2017 09:42 PM
Created: September 08, 2017 10:42 AM
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