September 26, 2023
New Mexico State fires basketball coach amid hazing allegations that left chancellor ‘disgusted and angry’

New Mexico Condition University fired its men’s basketball coach in the wake of hazing allegations that the school’s chancellor reported Wednesday have left him “disgusted and angry.”

Mentor Greg Heiar was “terminated with bring about,” Chancellor Dan Arvizu advised reporters in Las Cruces, just days soon after the school canceled the rest of its men’s basketball year.

“It feels like a gut punch,” Arvizu said of disturbing allegations swirling around the Aggies men’s basketball application.

“As a parent, as an administrator, as a member of our community, my alma mater, I’m both disgusted and indignant about what has happened.”

The university introduced a premature curtain down on the 2022-23 men’s basketball marketing campaign Sunday when police disclosed they have been investigating three gamers who could have attacked a teammate in allegations that consist of fake imprisonment, harassment and legal sexual speak to.

Greg Heiar
New Mexico State men’s basketball coach Greg Heiar in the course of a activity from Saint Mary’s in Moraga, Calif., on Dec. 14. Thurman James / Cal Activity Media by way of AP file

The hazing allegations arrive on leading of an additional troubling incident: Aggies forward Mike Peake was alleged to have been concerned in the deadly capturing of a pupil from the rival University of New Mexico in Albuquerque on Nov. 19.

The Aggies ended up one of the darlings of March Insanity final season, with a beautiful upset of perennial energy Connecticut.

The banner 2021-22 period gained then-mentor Chris Jans a new, significant-profile task at Mississippi State

Universities usually lean on “coaching trees,” selecting previous colleagues and subordinates of other profitable coaches, and New Mexico Condition athletic director Mario Moccia defended methods that finished in Heiar’s work.

Heiar has extensive ties to Jans and existing Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes, producing him a appropriate candidate for the position he held in Las Cruces for 11 months, Moccia said. All three at the time served concurrently as assistant coaches at Wichita Point out.

“The vetting course of action is the exact,” Moccia reported. “You contact the men and women you know, and unquestionably the tree that Coach Heiar came from yielded incredible coaches in Steve Forbes and Chris Jans. At the conclude of the working day, I do not believe that we have a broken program of choosing coaches.

“I regret the end result. I regret what’s happened to the victim,” Moccia stated of Heiar’s brief tenure. “I undoubtedly think hindsight is 20/20.”

Heiar did not quickly answer to telephone, e-mail and textual content messages seeking remark Wednesday afternoon.

Mike Peake of the New Mexico State Aggies looks to pass during a game against the New Mexico Lobos on Dec. 6, 2021 in Albuquerque.
Mike Peake of the New Mexico State Aggies throughout a activity from the New Mexico Lobos in Albuquerque on Dec. 6, 2021.Sam Wasson / Getty Images file

Moccia did not established a timeline to hire. It reported there would be a men’s basketball time in 2023-24.

“Our target suitable now is not to rush out and request a new coach,” Moccia explained. “We are making an attempt to get a resolution to this circumstance. But we surely intend on playing men’s basketball upcoming year for the Aggies.”

The Aggies concluded this time 9-15.

Polly DeFrank contributed.