LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Mt. Carmel all-time basketball great Craig Snow has landed his first collegiate head coaching job.
He was named the new head basketball coach at NCAA Division II school New Mexico Highlands University here Thursday.
Snow had been an assistant coach at New Mexico for the last three seasons after five seasons as head coach at Bosque High School in nearby Albuquerque, N.M.
“First off, I feel honored to be the next head coach at New Mexico Highlands,” Snow said in a school press release. “I am looking forward to working with President Fries, Vice President Baca, Women’s Basketball Coach Brianna Finch, Athletic Director Jeff Falkner and the entire athletic department and university. I can’t wait to get to Las Vegas and get to work.”
Finch was named the new women’s coach at the school on the same day.
“Highlands has a lot of exciting things to look forward to in the future,” Snow added.
The Cowboys were 11-15 last year, and 8-14 in the sprawling Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, which includes teams from South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska and New Mexico.
Snow helped guide New Mexico to a 27-7 record, a Mountain West Conference tournament championship and a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
New Mexico was ranked as high as 17th nationally in 2013-14.
In Snow’s three seasons there, the Lobos went a combined 84-20 with three MWC tournament titles and three appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
After scoring more than 2,000 points during his Mt. Carmel High School career, Snow signed a scholarship to play at the University of Evansville.
Snow ended his Purple Aces career with 1,530 points. He hit 39.2 percent of his shots from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the charity stripe.
In four years with the Aces, Snow averaged 12.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Evansville in 2001, he went on to play professionally overseas in both Luxembourg and Austria.