Aug 13, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - After the better part of two decades as a member of the Lobo Women's Basketball staff, Dave Shoemate is retiring from the University of New Mexico program. Shoemate spent twelve seasons alongside former head coach Don Flanagan as an assistant coach before spending the last two seasons as the team's Director of Operations under Head Coach Yvonne Sanchez. He will officially retire at the end of the month.
"Coach Shoemate has been a huge part of our program and the success it's had. He has played a role in all of the team's achievements on and off the court, and I can't thank him enough for everything he has done for the program. We wish him the best in his retirement," said Head Coach Yvonne Sanchez.
Shoemate helped the UNM Women's Hoops program soar to new heights as an assistant coach. During his time on the Lobo bench, New Mexico went to seven-straight NCAA Tournaments with a Sweet 16 appearance in 2003. Those appearances came on the heels of five Mountain West Tournament championships and a pair of Mountain West regular season championships. The Lobos also emerged as a NCAA attendance leader during those years with 14 consecutive years in the national top ten in attendance.
"It seems amazing that 14 years have gone by," Shoemate told the media. "I guess that's a good sign because so much has happened in that time, but my job's really been a blast."
Current Video Coordinator Amy Beggin will succeed Shoemate as Director of Operations officially starting September 1st.