Head coach Marvin Menzies begins his seventh season at the helm of the New Mexico State men’s basketball program in 2013-14. In his tenure, Menzies has guided the Aggies to three WAC Tournament Championships and three NCAA Tournament berths, in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
He led the Aggies to their first ever back-to-back conference tournament championships program history in 2012 and 2013. It was also the first back-to-back tournament champions in the WAC since 2001 and 2002. The 2013 title was NM State’s third WAC Tournament title in four years. The conference crown led the Aggies to their 20th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Following a 64-44 loss to No. 13 Saint Louis, the Aggies posted a 24-11 overall record, which was the 26th 20-win season in school history and fourth under Menzies.
After the 2012-13 season, Menzies has an overall record of 126-78. He ranks fifth all-time at NM State, and he is only the second coach in program history to win over 120 games in his first six seasons.
Menzies has coached 15 all-conference players at NM State including four in 2013; Bandja Sy (first team), Daniel Mullings (second team), Sim Bhullar (third team and newcomer), who was also WAC Freshman of the Year. Bhullar earned WAC Tournament MVP honors, and he was the first freshman to garner the honor since Shawn Bradley in 1991. Mullings was also a member of the WAC All-Tournament Team.
The Aggies broke a pair of school records in 2012-13; blocked shots in a season (193) and field goal percentage in a game (68.6 percent vs. UTSA). NM State also tied a program record with 12 blocked shots at UTSA. The Aggie defense was tough all season and held teams to 60 points or less 16 times in 2012-13.
Menzies piloted that Aggies to 12 straight wins (Jan. 3 to Feb. 16). It was the longest streak under Menzies and longest since the 2006-07 season. NM State finished the season winning 18-of-21 games.
Menzies directed NM State to its second conference tournament title in three years in 2012 with a 25-point win over Louisiana Tech, 82-57, in the championship game. The Aggies also made their 19th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and faced No. 17 Indiana. After a 79-66 loss to the Hoosiers, the Aggies finished the season with a 26-10 overall record. The 26 wins are the most since the 1992-93 season, and it was the third 20-win season of Menzies’ tenure.
Menzies recorded his 100th career victory in the quarterfinals of the 2012 WAC Tournament. The Aggies had four all-conference selections in 2012; Wendell McKines (first team), Hernst Laroche (second team), Hamidu Rahman (honorable mention) and Daniel Mullings (newcomer).
The 2011-12 season was very successful for the Aggies. For the first time in school history, NM State had three 1,000-point scorers in the same season (McKines, Laroche and Rahman). McKines also became just the second player in program history with 1,000-career points and 1,000-career rebounds. He was only the second active player in the NCAA to achieve the feat in 2011-12 and 12th played in WAC history.
The Aggies started the season with a 4-0 record, which was only the third 4-0 start since 1992-93. NM State posted a pair of rivalry wins in the stretch including a 62-53 win over New Mexico (Nov. 16) in the Pit for the first time since Dec. 15, 2002. In WAC play, NM State defeated Utah State, 80-69, (Feb. 11) for the first time in Logan, Utah, since Feb. 11, 2006.
Menzies also watched guard Daniel Mullings, as a freshman, record a triple-double against Hawai’i (Feb. 23). Mullings’ performance was only the third triple-double in Aggie history as he had 28 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
The Crimson and White fought through injuries to finish third in the WAC (9-7) with a 16-17 overall record in 2010-11. The Aggies set a school record with a 12-game WAC home win streak that dated back to the 2009-10 season. Menzies won his 75th career game in 2010-11 and was the second fastest to reach 70 wins behind Lou Henson.
In the 2009-10 season, NM State won its second WAC Tournament crown in school history with a 69-63 win over Utah State in the title game. With the victory, Menzies directed the Aggies to their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2007. As a No. 12 seed in the Midwest Regional, NM State faced No. 5 seed Michigan State, in Spokane, Wash. In the first meeting between the programs, the Aggies’ upset bid over Michigan State fell short, 70-67.
The Aggies registered the 24th 20-win season in school history in 2009-10 with a 22-12 mark. Menzies is only the second coach in program history to win 60 games in his first three seasons.
With one of the youngest teams in the country in 2008-09, Menzies led NM State to a 17-15 record and a third-place showing in the WAC. The Aggies not only had the conference’s leading scoring in guard Jahmar Young but also the top rebounder in forward Wendell McKines. Young was awarded a first team All-WAC selection and was the first sophomore to earn the accolade at NM State. The Aggies were just seconds away from their third consecutive WAC Tournament title game, but they lost a heartbreaker to Utah State, 71-70, in the tournament semifinals.
In his first year, Menzies led the Aggies to their first regular season WAC title in 2007-08. NM State was co-champions after posting a 12-4 league record. Menzies also directed the Aggies to their second consecutive appearance in the WAC Tournament title game.
Nationally, the Aggies ranked in the top 25 in three statistical team categories including rebounding margin. NM State was second in the country, only trailing North Carolina, with an advantage of 8.9 rebounds per game.
Making their second consecutive appearance in the WAC Tournament title game in 2008, the Aggies (21-14) just narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament after falling in triple overtime to Boise State in one of the most exciting conference championship games of the season.
Menzies guided the Aggies to their 23rd 20-plus win season in the program’s history, which was a challenge when the schedule included games at Duke, Louisville and against Texas and West Virginia. He was also the winningest first-year head coach in Aggie history. The 2007-08 edition was a veteran team with five seniors. Guard/forward Justin Hawkins became the Aggies’ first two-time, first team All-WAC selection.
Menzies became the 24th coach in the history of Aggie basketball, June 29, 2007, after spending two seasons as an assistant coach under Rick Pitino at Louisville.
Considered one of the best recruiters in the country, Menzies has landed some of the nation’s top recruiting classes. In his last season at Louisville, the Cardinals finished 24-10, reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and was No. 20 in the final USA TODAY/ESPN Men’s Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll (2006-07).
Prior to joining the Cardinals’ staff, Menzies spent one year at UNLV under former Atlanta Hawks coach Lon Kruger (2004-05). With the Running Rebels, Menzies helped sign an incoming class that was rated fourth in the nation.
Before his time at UNLV, Menzies worked at Southern California for a season as an assistant coach (2003-04) under Henry Bibby. In only one year with the Trojans, he assisted in producing a No. 3-ranked recruiting class.
Menzies had a four-year tenure at San Diego State (1999-03). He was the leading recruiter for the Aztecs and Steve Fisher, who won the NCAA National Championship in 1989 at Michigan. Menzies helped to guide the Aztecs to the postseason in back-to-back years (2002-03) for the first time since 1975-76. At San Diego State, Menzies signed a pair of nationally ranked recruiting classes in 2001 (top 25) and 2000 (top 40) along with the program’s first-ever McDonald’s All-American.
Menzies began his collegiate career at Santa Monica (Calif.) College as an assistant coach under John McMullen. Menzies spent six seasons as an assistant and associate head coach (1991-94, 1995-96 and 1997-99). He was as the team’s head coach for a year (in 1994-95) and guided the Corsairs to a 24-8 record. Menzies led Santa Monica to the Western States Conference title while he earned conference coach of the year honors.
With Menzies on the staff, the program was a collective 181-46. During his tenure, 38 players went on to NCAA schools. In 1996, the Corsairs produced a school-record 27-game winning streak and a school-best 32-2 finish. Menzies recruited the top three scorers in the school’s history.
Between his time at Santa Monica, he was as an assistant coach at Cal State Sacramento (1996-97). He coached under current Washington Wizards assistant Don Newman as the program transitioned from Division II to Division I.
Beginning his coaching career at his prep alma mater, Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, Calif., Menzies was an assistant coach for eight years. A California native, Menzies was a letter winner in three sports at Hamilton.
Menzies earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA in 1987 and a master’s degree in education from Cal State Sacramento in 2003. He and his wife, Tammy, have a daughter, Andreanna, and a son, Andre.