ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The UNM basketball program hasn’t been the same since former coach Steve Alford left the team to join UCLA. Alford’s tenure with the Bruins was short-lived, and the old Lobo coach is back in Mountain West training Nevada. In his third season with the wolf pack, Alford will meet Richard Pitino of the UNM for the first time.
Alford is one of the most successful coaches in UNM history with a win rate of 0.749 and has taken the Lobos to three NCAA tournaments. Coach Pitino is still at the beginning of his Lobo career, but he knows the standard that Alford has set for Lobo basketball. “Well, I have a lot of respect for what he’s done here,” says Pitino. “We’re trying to go back to those days. We have a long way to go to get there and we need to keep building this roster, but it showed what can be done. The Pit was a good home dish like any other when he was here, so I have a lot of respect. ”