New Mexico made its hire today, picking up Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.
A 17-year coaching veteran, Locksley previously was running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida under Ron Zook, with whom he works at Illinois.
This guy has the experience of a big time school, and it looks as if New Mexico will be changing their offense to what he did at Illinois with a spread option by using a dual threat quarterback.
|The Locksley File|
|2006-||University of Illinois (offensive coordinator, quarterbacks)|
|2005||University of Illinois (offensive coordinator, tight ends)|
|2003-04||University of Florida (running backs/recruiting coordinator)|
|1998-2002||University of Maryland (running backs/recruiting coordinator)|
|1997||University of Maryland (running backs)|
|1996||Army (receivers/tight ends)|
|1995||University of the Pacific (outside linebackers)|
|1994||U.S. Naval Prep School (defensive coordinator/defensive line)|
|1993||U.S. Naval Prep School (defensive coordinator/defensive backs)|
|1992||Towson University (defensive backs/special teams)|
|Home Town: Washington, D.C.|
|Birthdate: Dec. 25, 1969|
|Family: Wife, Kia; Sons, Mike, Jr. (19), Meiko (15), Kai (10); Daughter, Kori (8)|
|Education: B.S. Business Administration and Marketing — Towson, 1992|
|Playing Experience: Towson, 1988-91|
|Bowl Games: Rose Bowl, 2008; Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, 2004; Outback Bowl, 2004; Peach Bowl, 2002; Poulen/Weed Eater Independence Bowl, 1996|
|Honors & Awards: 2007, Recruiter of the Year Finalist (Rivals); 2007, Hot Young Assistant Coach (Lindy’s); 2006, Top-20 National Recruiter (Sports Illustrated); 2006, Top-10 Big Ten Recruiter (Rivals); 2005, Top-25 National Recruiter (Rivals); 2003, Top-25 National Recruiter (Rivals)|
Other news is that Kalani Sitake will be promoted to the University of Utah’s new defensive coordinator. Also, Gary Andersen who recently left Utah to become Utah State’s head coach will stay on the staff and help with bowl preparation.