LAS CRUCES — Brian Merritt will join New Mexico State’s coaching staff as an assistant coach, the Aggies announced in a statement Saturday afternoon.
Merritt joins the Aggies after spending the last three seasons on staff at Morgan State, and will be the fourth member of head coach Greg Heiar’s first coaching staff at Las Cruces. Merritt previously served as LSU’s coordinator of basketball operations while Heiar was an assistant on Will Wade’s staff.
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“I am happy to announce Brian as the next member of my staff,” Heiar said in a statement. “I’ve known him for 15-plus years and what stands out about Brian is his passion, competitiveness, energy and love for the game of basketball.”
Merritt’s stops include three years with Louisville as an assistant and a coordinator of basketball operations before coaching at Hampton and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the latter half of the 2000s. He eventually landed an assistant position at Arizona State before linking with Heiar at LSU.
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“He is a relationship builder and has strong contacts all over the country,” Heiar said. “His personality along with his work ethic and basketball IQ will allow him to continue to build on those relationships and will help us continue the winning tradition here at New Mexico State. Brian is what I call a ‘Shot Doctor’ and a ‘Gym Rat ‘.”
The announcement comes days after former Aggie Billy Keys was announced as Heiar’s video coordinator and as the first-year head coach continues to assemble his coaching staff. Heiar has already announced assistant Dominique Taylor and director of player development Darrin Graham would be retained from Chris Jans’ staff at their same positions. He has also added Chad Donley as the team’s director of basketball operations.
Heiar is still to name an associate head coach.
“Aggie Nation, welcome Brian Merritt to our Aggie family,” Heiar said.
Stephen Wagner is a sports reporter for the Las Cruces Sun News. He can found on Twitter at @stephenwag22 and reached at [email protected]