Gary Neal was recently named head coach of the New Mexico Lobos and he knows he had to get his team motivated for next year.
“All our fans were disappointed,” said Neal about the disappointing end to the season. “We were more so than they were. The last month we were playing as well as anyone. We won some big games and then played Harvard and it was the worst game we played in three years. It hurts, but our guys are motivated. We’ve got to do better in the tournament.”
Neal was named the head coach after former head coach Steve Alford headed West.
“I’ve been ready,” Neal said. “I spent 12 years in total with the Raptors and then making the transition to college [in 2004] it was a bit like starting over. But my patience paid off and it worked out well. I’m taking over a program that has won six championships in six years, has four starters back and should be ranked in the top 20.”
He knows he is fortunate in have a great program as well as a solid fan base as well. Alford also did a solid job on building up the programs resources and recruiting system.
“To get your first head-coaching job in this situation with this fan support and fan base and the resources we have, I’m very fortunate.”