Head coach Marvin Menzies begins his sixth season at the helm of the New Mexico State men's basketball program in 2012-13. In his tenure, Menzies has guided the Aggies to two WAC Tournament Championships and two NCAA Tournament berths, in 2010 and 2012.
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 WAC Tournament. He ranks fifth all-time at NM State with 102 career wins. Following five seasons in Las Cruces, Menzies has a 102-68 all-time record. Menzies has coached 11 all-conference players at NM State including four 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 NM State's second appearance in the Great Alaska Shootout, the Aggies finished in third place with wins over Central Michigan, 78-49, (Nov. 24) and San Francisco, 81-71, (Nov. 26).
The Aggies posted a runner-up finish in the WAC standings after a 10-4 record. In conference 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.
Nationally, the Aggies ranked No. 3 in rebounding margin (+8.5), No. 11 in scoring offense (78.1 points per game), No. 25 in field goal percentage (47.4 percent) and No. 27 in scoring margin (+9.8) in the NCAA in 2011-12. NM State also ranked first in the WAC in scoring offense, scoring margin, rebounding margin and 3-point field goal percent defense (32.3 percent).
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.
Nationally, the Aggies ranked No. 73 in 3-point field goal defense (32.6 percent) and No. 89 in scoring offense (71.6 points per game). Additionally, NM State paced the WAC in scoring in league games (72.5 points per game).
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. He was named a Ben Jobe Award 2009-10 finalist. In 2009-10, the Aggies ranked first in the WAC and No. 14 in the NCAA in 3-point field goals per game (8.4), No. 21 in scoring offense (78.3 points per game) and No. 51 in field goal percentage (46.0 percent).
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. In addition, Young was a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 6 first team honoree.
Menzies' squad in 2008-09 led the WAC in scoring (76.3 points per game), steals per game (7.22) along with 3-point field goal percentage (40.0 percent), which ranked 10th in the country. 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. The high-powered Aggie offense also ranked No. 17 in scoring offense (79.8 points per game) and No. 24 in field goal percentage (47.6 percent).
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 21-year collegiate career. 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 former Aggie assistant to the head coach 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 San Antonio Spurs 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.