UNM athletic director looks to move department forward
December 06, 2018 10:30 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - UNM Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez confirmed the school is parting ways with its Deputy Athletic Director Brad Hutchins – a move that will cost the school $175,000.
Hutchins, who made $150,000 annually, spent more than 14 years at UNM.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Hutchins was scheduled to receive a $225,000 buyout, per his contract. But, according to Nuñez, both sides agreed to a lesser amount.
“This department needs to move forward. It was my task when I got here. I said I want to put us in a position where I felt where we could be successful," Nuñez said. “We can do things with accountability, with integrity. This is part of that process – making the changes throughout my department that I feel are going to make us more efficient and effective in everything we do.”
Looking ahead, Nuñez said he would not be offering a multi-year contract to the person who replaces Hutchins.
“I want to make sure I get the right person here and the salaries – we’ll work with market value what’s out there. Regarding multi-year contracts, no. That is something I’m not receptive too. It’s not a standard in our industry,” he said.
Additionally, according to Nuñez, most of his hires end up costing the school less money than the people they’re replacing.
The Attorney General's Investigation
The shakeup comes during the same week investigators with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office seized documents from UNM’s Lobo Club.
Those documents pertain to an ongoing investigation related to the school’s former athletic director, Paul Krebs.
When asked about the investigation, Nuñez said, “It’s a challenge for all of us. We understand that the AG’s office is going through an investigation right now. The one good thing about this is this was prior to our new administration that’s here.”
He said he hopes students, student-athletes and fans will continue to support the school even with its recent changes.
“We’re moving in the right direction. I know it’s hard for many people to see out there,” he said. “I want them to get excited and that’s what we’ll continue to focus on. Our mission here is that we can continue to build and build with the right culture in mind.”
Updated: December 06, 2018 10:30 PM
Created: December 06, 2018 09:31 PM
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