LAS CRUCES – Former New Mexico State women’s basketball coach Darin Spence is back at the Division I level.
Spence, who won 110 games at NM State from 2003-2011, including three consecutive trips to the WAC Tournament championship game, will join Jon Newlee’s staff at Idaho as the Associate Head Coach.
“Idaho just opened up an awesome new facility,” Spence said. “I’ve had a long, good run as a head coach. I think it’s time to coach and recruit and have some fun and let the head coach deal with all of the other stuff. I look forward to doing what I’ve always done.”
Spence has 604 career wins as a head coach. Following NM State, he won a program best 120 games at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas in nine seasons. He spent 2021 as the head coach at Miles Community College.
Spence, 60, has been a head coach for 31 seasons, but he said he doesn’t have plans to return to the Division I sidelines as a head coach, but didn’t close the door if the possibility came along.
“I’ve known Jon for a long time, since my early JUCO coaching years,” Spence said. “He’s a San Diego guy, like me.”