LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston announced Wednesday that Mike Dirks has been hired as the new men’s golf coach for the Aggies.

“Mike Dirks has certainly had a history of coaching success at several schools including one of the premier programs in the country at the University of Houston,” Dr. Boston said. “I am very excited that he has chosen to lead our golf program. The search committee was unanimous in support of Coach Dirks and all have pledged to help him with his transition and supporting the golf program.”

Dirks, former head golf coach at Sam Houston State, Houston and Tulane, spent three years as associate head men's golf coach at SMU, after joining the Mustang staff in January 2008.

“I’m excited about the opportunity Dr. Boston has given me and I’m looking forward to be the next head men’s golf coach at New Mexico State,” Dirks said. “I feel we have great tradition and a great golf program that is going in the right direction and hopefully I can help take this team to the next level and compete in an NCAA championship. We’re going to be a team that from the time we get to the practice round till the time we finish the tournament, we’re going to give it everything we got and focus on every shot at hand.”

In his first two seasons, Dirks helped guide freshman Kelly Kraft to PING All-Region honors, Conference USA Newcomer of the Year accolades and two All-C-USA selections. In 2009, Dirks led James Kwon to All-C-USA honors and an All-C-USA Freshman Team selection. In 2010, Dirks guided SMU to an NCAA Regional appearance, helping Kelly Kraft to All-C-USA honors and a PING Honorable Mention All-American honor.

Dirks arrived in Dallas after spending two-plus seasons directing the men's and women's programs at Sam Houston State. Under his tutelage, Sam Houston won the 2007 Southland Conference Women's Golf Championship and his two squads combined to win 12 tournament titles. In addition, six Bearkat golfers earned All-Southland Conference honors a total of eight times and, in 2007, he had golfers named SLC Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year.