Feb. 23, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico department of athletics would like to extend heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Mike Hall. Mike passed away earlier today at the age of 61 after an extended illness. He covered the local sports scene for more than 20 years, but Mike's close relationship to the Lobo family began in earnest in 1998 while he was working for the Albuquerque Journal. That's when he became the first full-time beat writer for UNM women's basketball.
"I always felt like he enjoyed working with our student-athletes and working with our team," said head women's basketball coach Don Flanagan, who started at UNM in 1995. "It wasn't really a job for him. He enjoyed the interaction. Our athletes always thought he was fair in his approach to stories and in his coverage of Lobo women's basketball. I certainly considered him a friend and our disagreements were very minimal. We had a good relationship, which is somewhat out of the ordinary these days between a coach and the media. We're sorry to see him go."
"Mike really set the bar for coverage of UNM women's basketball," said Lobo media relations director Greg Remington. "He was an advocate for the sport not only in Albuquerque, but in the old Western Athletic Conference and the Mountain West Conference. I think he had a lot of respect from all of the coaches in the league. They welcomed the attention for women's basketball because it was something not much of them received in their own cities."