By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers
Mike Maguire has had an impressive run as Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach.
Maguire, who has been the program’s coach for 20 seasons and has doubled as the school’s athletic director for the past six years, made official Thursday his intentions to give up his coaching duties after the current season.
In his tenure at the school he has guided the Zias to a 392-264 record, including a trip to the NCAA Division II regional finals two years ago. He had made his intentions public prior to this season.
“It’s been a pleasure and a privilege,” he said after Thursday’s five-game Lone Star Conference South Division loss to Texas A&M-Kingsville at Greyhound Arena. “We’ve had a lot of great kids come through the program. I’m just sorry we couldn’t finish it out a little stronger.”
Maguire’s team posted losing records in his first two campaigns before running off 16 winning seasons in a row, capped by a 25-9 record and the trip to the regionals in 2004. The Zias reached the finals of the tournament before losing to unbeaten and top-ranked host Nebraska-Kearney for the title.
The last two years, though, the Zias have fallen on hard times. Last year they went 8-19, including 3-7 in the LSC South, while Thursday’s loss dropped them to 6-22 overall and 1-6 in the division.
Maguire said he’s looking forward to having a single role at ENMU.
“I’ll have more time with the family,” he said. “I want to help the entire athletic program be able to get to the next level.”
The loss — in which the Zias let a 14-9 lead slip away in a 16-14 Game 5 loss — was the fourth consecutive five-game setback for ENMU against the Javelinas. But Kingsville coach Jane Kieschnick saluted Maguire’s tenure, and said he will be missed on the sideline.
“He’s a great man and a great coach,” she said. “I admire him for all his accomplishments. I know he’ll do well just doing his athletic director’s duties.”