Dave Shoemate

Dave Shoemate

Player Profile

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Director of Operations

15th Season

Alma Mater:
New Mexico '82


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Dave Shoemate begins his 15th season at the University of New Mexico, and his third as director of basketball operations under Yvonne Sanchez. He spent 12 years as an assistant coach under Don Flanagan. As director of operations, Dave will handle some of the same duties he did as an assistant coach, including travel, setting up coaches travel, working with UNM's academics team, and UNM women's basketball community relations initiatives.

Coach Shoemate was an assistant coach on Don Flanagan's staff for twelve seasons before taking over his operational duties. During his time on the bench, the Lobos achieved some of their greatest heights as a program. This included a WNIT Championship game appearance, the program's first-ever Sweet 16 appearance, seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, two Mountain West regular season titles and five Mountain West Tournament titles.

While serving as a member of Coach Flanagan's staff, Shoemate also helped build The Pit into a legendary home court advantage for the Lobos. The program would go 168-47 (.781) at home and rank among the national leaders in attendance with Shoemate on the bench.

Shoemate began his coaching career in Durango, Colo., where he coached ninth grade boy's basketball from 1975-77. He returned to Albuquerque and continued with boy's basketball at Highland High School and the "C" team from 1978-79. At Menaul High School, his alma mater, Shoemate coached the JV team in 1980-81. Staying with the private school theme in Albuquerque, St. Pius X was his next stop, as a varsity assistant from 1985-88. Shoemate took a year off from coaching before breaking into the Albuquerque Public School system as a coach. At Eldorado, he switched from coaching boys to girls with the JV team from 1988-90. From 1990-97, Shoemate was at La Cueva High School with the girl's basketball team as either a head coach or an assistant. He also spent 13 years teaching special education at Albuquerque Public Schools.

A 1982 graduate of the University of New Mexico, Shoemate earned his bachelor of science degree in recreation. He completed graduate school at UNM and received his master's in Special Education from UNM in May of 1991.

Shoemate was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., but has been in Albuquerque for the last 41 years. He and his wife, Yolanda, a teacher at Eldorado, have been married for 27 years and have three children, James, Sara and Michael.