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Coach Fishbein looks to future as UNM soccer program officially ends

Ryan Laughlin
June 25, 2019 07:06 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The official end to four UNM sports programs is approaching.

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On July 1, the men and women's ski teams, women's beach volleyball and men's soccer will be scrapped.

After months of battling to get the programs re-instated, Jeremy Fishbein, UNM men’s soccer coach, said it’s time to move on.

“This thing has been pretty crazy, you know. You can't really escape it and it's been consuming and a bit paralyzing at times,” Fishbein said.

Serving at UNM for the last 18 years have been an incredible honor for Fishbein.

“While I feel there should be a men's soccer program here, it doesn't take away from my love for the university,” he said.

Fishbein plans to stay in New Mexico despite not having a job lined up.

He said he will take some time off and help build up the state.

“I just want us to move forward, as a university, as an athletic department, as a city and as a state,” he said.

Fishbein noted that he will always be a coach, and there are lessons to be learned from the experience of losing the program.

“I think a lot of it is— don't take anything for granted, be accountable, you know,” Fishbein said. “We're not owed anything. It's a competitive world out there, and you have to do your best every day and you got to make others around you better."

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