KINGSVILLE, Texas – Texas A&M-Kingsville Director of Athletics Kenneth Oliver announced that Michael Trujillo is the new head coach for the Javelinas on Tuesday afternoon.
“Michael was extremely prepared during the interview process and he really distinguished himself from the other candidates,” Oliver said. “We are excited to welcome he and his family to the athletic department and think he will do an outstanding job.”
Trujillo had been an NCAA Division I assistant coach for the past eight years and began his career as a student assistant for the women’s basketball program at Northern Arizona. He spent the last four years at Texas State where he was a part of one Southland Conference regular season championship team that made an appearance in the WNIT. He spent one season as an assistant coach at his alma mater Northern Arizona and three seasons at Sam Houston State. At all three schools, he was directly involved in recruiting and on-court coaching.
Trujillo plans to “lead by example” and mentioned that changing the mentality of the players in the program will probably be his greatest challenge in his first year. “My vision for the program is a commitment to excellence in everything we do on the court, in the classroom and in the community,” said Trujillo.
Heading into his first role as a head collegiate coach, Trujillo talked about having many emotions all wrapped into one. “I have been looking forward to it (getting a head coaching job) for several years,” Trujillo said, “and can’t wait to get started.”
Trujillo has recruited the same general region in his seven years at Sam Houston State and Texas State that he will be recruiting at A&M-Kingsville. He has developed strong contacts among the AAU and high school coaches in the region. “Having already recruited the region and knowing the coaches makes it that much easier on me when it comes to recruiting because I already have a relationship with the coaches,” said Trujillo.
Assistant coach Crystal Oates, who served as the interim head coach for the past few months, will be retained on Trujillo’s staff and he looks forward to working with her. “I felt very comfortable knowing that I would be working with Crystal,” said Trujillo. “I have known her for several years out on recruiting and have always been impressed by her. We have talked a few times already and we are on the same page with a lot of things already.”
Trujillo will officially begin in Kingsville on June 27 and he takes over for Scott Hyland who was the head coach for four years previously. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family,” said Trujillo. “I am extremely excited about it and am thankful for Dr. Tallant, Ken Oliver and the search committee giving me this opportunity.”