Dec. 5, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico head volleyball coach Kelley McKee has resigned her position effective immediately. McKee just completed her fifth season with the Lobos. UNM athletics director Paul Krebs said assistant coach Chelsea Robb will serve as interim head coach, although a national search for McKee's successor is underway.
"It's in my best interest and the best interest of the program that I resign," said McKee, who compiled a 47-97 record at UNM. "I'll step aside and allow the UNM administration to hire somebody to finish the job, and that is to win more volleyball matches. I appreciate the support of Paul (Krebs) and Janice (Ruggiero, UNM Senior Woman Administrator) and I wish the team every success."
The Lobos were 10-20 overall and 5-11 in the Mountain West Conference in 2006. UNM beat Air Force in the first round of the MWC Tournament before being eliminated by 9th-ranked Utah in the quarterfinals. New Mexico's biggest win of the season came on Nov. 3 when it beat No. 18 BYU for the first time since 1995, snapping a 23-match losing streak against the Cougars.
"We would like to thank Kelley for her service to the University of New Mexico for the past five years," said Krebs. "She is a tireless worker and was a tremendous ambassador for UNM. We wish she and her family nothing but the best in the future."
Prior to UNM, McKee spent nine seasons (1993-2001) as the head coach at Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks went 143-104 over that span, including the school's first NCAA appearance in 1999.
The New Mexico volleyball program just completed its 32nd season. The Lobos have not had a winning season since 1996 (18-11) and their last NCAA appearance was in 1994. UNM advanced to the NCAA Tournament six times in seven seasons between 1988-94.