Eastern New Mexico's head coach Maguire resigns after 23 years
PORTALES, N.M. — After a highly successful tenure at Eastern New Mexico, head coach Mike Maguire has announced his resignation. Over 23 seasons with the Zias, he guided the squad to 417 victories. When Maguire returned to the bench in 2010, he snapped Eastern’s 46-match losing streak in Lone Star Conference play.
Maguire’s first stint as coach, which started in 1987, was highlighted by a 25-9 season in 2004, and included a 3-2 road victory at West Texas A&M. The season concluded with the Zias making their first appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament, picking up a win against Mesa State, before eventually being eliminated by top-ranked Nebraska-Kearney. He also won the LSC regular-season title in both 1991 and 1993; along with a conference tournament championships following the 1993 season.
Over Maguire’s time on the ENMU bench, the Zias posted 10 seasons of at least 20 wins and he was chosen as the Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year four times (1991, 1993, 1995 and 1999). Under Maguire’s guidance, Eastern’s Jennifer Goble was picked as the conference’s top player four times, Tina Mayo was picked as the LSC’s top freshman (1991) and the team had 41 players selected all-conference 61 times, with 14 first-team selections. He was an assistant coach at Eastern in both the 1981 and 1984 seasons, helping the Zias to a 48-28-1 record during those seasons with a NAIA District VII title after posting a 29-11 record in 1984.
Maguire guided the Zias to 16 winning seasons with an average of more than 18 wins per year since 1989. His career record of 430-355 (.548) ranked him among top active coaches in NCAA Division II. In his 23 seasons on the Zia bench, he posted a record of 417-334.
In 2004, Eastern made its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in school history and finished the season with a 25-9 overall record. The Zias posted a solid 7-3 record in Lone Star Conference South Division play and advanced to the semifinals of the LSC Tournament, as well as the semifinals of the NCAA Southwest Regional Tournament.
Maguire was named the LSC South Coach of the Year in 1999 after the Zias went 26-10 and earned a second-place finish in the LSC South. He was named LSC Coach of the Year in 1991, 1993 and 1995. The Zias won the LSC regular-season title in 1991, and won regular-season and tournament titles in 1993.