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NMSU introduces new head coach for men's basketball program

NMSU Chancellor Dr. Dan Arvizu and Athletics Director Mario Moccia held a news conference Sunday to introduce new head men's basketball coach Jason Hooten.
Jonny Coker
NMSU Chancellor Dr. Dan Arvizu and Athletics Director Mario Moccia held a news conference Sunday to introduce new head men's basketball coach Jason Hooten.

On Sunday, New Mexico State University held a press conference introducing the university’s new men’s basketball coach.

During the press conference, the new head coach of the men’s basketball program Jason Hooten said that he’s happy to be inheriting the program.

“New Mexico State is right there at the top when you talk about a university and education and athletics. And especially basketball,” he said.

Athletic Director Mario Moccia said that the controversy surrounding the team is not a reflection of the university as a whole.

“I want to make it clear that an important attribute that we look for in our new coach is a commitment to build a program modeled on character and integrity that all Aggies can be proud of for what happens both on and off the court,” he said.

Jason Hooten will be the 28th head coach for the NMSU men’s basketball program.

Jonny Coker is a Multimedia Journalist for KRWG Public Media. He has lived in Southern New Mexico for most of his life, growing up in the small Village of Cloudcroft, and earning a degree in Journalism and Media Studies at New Mexico State University.
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