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Duane Broussard begins his 10th year at the University of New Mexico and his fifth on Steve Alford's men's basketball staff. Broussard will begin his second year as an assistant coach after spending three seasons as the Director ofBasketball Operations.
Known as an excellent recruiter and a thorough game planner, those attributes proved valuable as the Director of Basketball Operations for three seasons, where Broussard handled all aspects of the Lobos travel arrangements, community relations, scheduling, and academics (working with advisor Stephanie Mahal). Broussard will be entering his 16th year as an assistant coach all told.
With the Lobos as an assistant, Broussard handles all aspects of coaching, and one of his main responsibilities is advance scouting and game preparation. Broussard's thoroughness has helped UNM's reputation as one of the most prepared teams in the nation.
Along with in-game coaching and scouting, Broussard works closely with head coach Steve Alford crafting UNM's non-conference schedule. He also works with Director of Operations Craig Snow in coordinating UNM's travel efforts, as well as the annual year end banquet.
Broussard's scouting and pre-game prep have helped the Lobos to not just 126 wins, but to 38 road wins over the last five years, including a school record 14-wins away from home in 2011-12. The 41-year-old Broussard spent the 2007-08 season working as the Director of Recruitment Initiatives in the Enrollment Services office on UNM's main campus. Specifically, he was working with an outreach program that taught the importance of going to college and the process of getting into college to middle school students in the Albuquerque area. Broussard is also completing his Ph. D. in Sport Administration at UNM.
Broussard spent five seasons on Ritchie McKay's staff at UNM from 2002-07. He also coached for nine seasons at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., where he was an assistant to head coach Jim Molinari. From 1996-2002, Broussard's responsibilities for the Braves included recruiting, budget planning and floor coaching.
Broussard played at Bradley from 1989 to 1993 and served as the program's co-captain as a junior and senior. Former UNM head coach Ritchie McKay was an assistant coach during Broussard's final two seasons with the Braves. Broussard capped his collegiate playing career in 1993 by earning the inaugural Downtown Peoria Kiwanis Club Leadership Award in recognition of his positive role-model approach to academics and community service.
The Braves won nearly 60 percent of their games while Broussard was on the coaching staff, an average of almost 18 victories per season. Bradley played in postseason in six of nine years he was there, and the program graduated 19 of 22 seniors who played during his tenure.
Broussard is a native of Sugar Land, Texas. He earned degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Bradley in 1993. Broussard continued his education by successfully completing a master's degree program in Public Service Administration from BU in 1997. He is married to the former Holly Marshall, and the couple have a daughter, McKenzie and a son, McKel.