Per sources, University of New Mexico has fired head coach Yvonne Sanchez. This move comes as somewhat of surprise, especially in the light of the fact that Sanchez was rewarded with a four-year contract extension last year.
This year has been a struggle for the Lobos, as they didn't meet expectations this season with four starters returning, from a team that reached last year's Mountain West Championship game.
For the past 16 season, Sanchez has been a part of the Lobos coaching staff and served as the head coach since 2011. Since taking over the reigns as head coach, Sanchez complied a record of 77-81 in five seasons. In conference play, her record ended on 40-44. While this year the Lobos may have finished in second place in the Mountain West, this was the only winning season Sanchez has under her belt.
The Vice President for the university, Paul Krebs released this statement, "This decision was made after a lot of careful consideration and a variety of factors. We appreciate what Yvonne has brought to our basketball program over her time at New Mexico. I believe with our facilities, our fan base and with our commitment to supporting women's basketball, I'm confident that we can hire a coach that can return us to a championship level."
A national search for the Lobos new coach will begin immediately.