ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Craig Snow is not following Steve Alford to UCLA. Instead, he is following Craig Neal up the ladder at New Mexico.
Neal, the long-time Lobos assistant under Alford, was formally introduced as the Lobos 20th head coach on Wednesday, just four days after his former boss accepted a seven-year contract to coach at UCLA.
One of the first moves he announced was the retention of Mt. Carmel native Snow as an assistant coach. Also held over are assistant Drew Adams, video coordinator Brandon Mason and strength and conditioning coach Diego Baca.
Snow has been at UNM for two years. He spent this past year as the Director of Basketball Operations after spending the 2011-12 season as the Video Administrator for the Lobos.
He came to the university after serving as the boys basketball coach and athletic director at Bosque prep school in Albuquerque.
Under Neal, Snow will be more of a hands-on assistant, with more recruting, practice and bench duties.
Neal first worked under Alford at Iowa, joining the Hawkeye staff in 2004. When Alford was hired in Albuquerque in 2007, he brought Neal, a Washington, Ind. native with him.
Last year, the 10th-ranked Lobos won the Mountain West Conference championship, but were upset by Harvard in the round of 64 in the NCAA tournament.
Snow, after a record-setting career at Mt. Carmel where he finished second to Archie Dees on the all-time points list, played for four years at the University of Evansville, scoring 1,530 points. He finished his career ranked among the Missouri Valley Conference’s top-30 all-time in points, field goals, field goal attempts and field goal percentage. After college, he played professional basketball in both Luxembourg and Austria.