UNLV hires Menzies as basketball coach after Beard bolts

Marvin Menzies: FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2013, file photo, New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies directs his team against Gonzaga during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Spokane, Wash. UNLV has moved swiftly to hire a new basketball coach after Chris Beard‘s sudden exit, agreeing to terms with New Mexico State’s Marvin Menzies on a five-year contract on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

LAS VEGAS — UNLV has moved swiftly to hire a new basketball coach after Chris Beard’s sudden exit, agreeing with New Mexico State’s Marvin Menzies on a five-year contract.

UNLV President Len Jessup and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said in a statement Saturday the deal must still be approved by Nevada’s education board of regents.

Menzies is a former UNLV assistant who has been at New Mexico State the past nine years. He led the Aggies to their fifth straight 20-win season this year, going 23-11 overall and 13-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. The WAC regular-season champions appeared in the National Invitation Tournament. He is 198-111 overall at New Mexico State.

Beard agreed to coach UNLV less than two weeks ago. He bolted for Texas Tech on Friday, returning to a school where he was an assistant for 10 years.

Source: MSN Sports

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