By CODY WORSHAM | Tiger Rag Editor
Deputy director of athletics Eddie Nunez is leaving LSU for the athletic director job at the University of New Mexico, per a school release.
Nunez has been at LSU since 2003, serving in seven different positions with the athletic department. In his most recent capacity, he oversaw a number of departments within athletics, including as the administrator of men’s basketball and men’s and women’s tennis. He and athletic director Joe Alleva teamed up to hire new basketball coach Will Wade in March. Nunez also oversaw the basketball team between Wade’s hire and the firing of Johnny Jones.
“We had a good search process that yielded three qualified and personable candidates,” UNM Interim President Chaouki Abdallah Abdallah said in a statement. “We were looking for a leader who is dedicated to academic excellence, strong ethics, careful financial management and community engagement. The committee and I agreed that Eddie is the right person for this key position at UNM. Welcome to our Lobo family, Eddie.”
“I want to thank the search committee and President Abdallah for their trust and confidence in me,” Nuñez said. “It is an honor to accept the position of Director of Athletics at the University of New Mexico. With the support of this great university all the pieces are here to achieve great things. My wife Jane and our girls are looking forward to our move to New Mexico and getting to know our fellow Lobos. We can’t wait to get started.”
“My number one priority at UNM is always going to be the student-athlete and making sure their experience offers the support and resources they need to achieve great things on and off the field of play. We are going to bring passion, transparency and energy to everything we do here.”