Assistant coach Mick Durham begins his second year at New Mexico State after he helped the Aggies post a winning record in 2008-09 (17-15) and a third-place finish in the WAC. Durham’s main responsibilities include scouting, game preparation and on-court instruction.
With a junior, two sophomores and two freshmen in the starting line-up, the Aggies had the conference’s leading scoring in guard Jahmar Young and top rebounder in forward Wendell McKines. NM State also paced the league in scoring (76.3 points per game), steals per game (7.22) along with 3-point field goal percentage (40.0), which ranked 10th in the country.
Durham joined the Aggies after 16 years as the head coach at Montana State. He retired in 2006 with the second-most victories and second-longest coaching tenure in Golden Bobcats school history. Durham is a part of three generations of Bobcats, his father, Lin, and oldest son, Casey, also played at Montana State.
Durham, a former point guard, recorded 246 career wins, which ranks first in Big Sky Conference history. He was a three-time conference coach of the year (1996, 2002, 2005) and led the Bobcats to the 1996 NCAA Tournament. The appearance was only the third in Montana State history. Durham guided the Bobcats to a pair of Big Sky regular season titles (1996 and 2002) and one league tournament championship (1996). He also posted three 20-plus win seasons and nine winning seasons at MSU.
In the 2001-02 season, Durham coached the Bobcats to a Big Sky Championship and 12-2 conference record with a squad that was projected to finish last in the league. MSU went on to win its first NIT game, which was the school’s first-ever national postseason Division I victory. The win was also the first for the Big Sky in more than a decade. Montana State finished the year with an overall record of 20-10.
The Bobcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big Sky regular season and tournament titles in 1995-96. Montana State fell to Syracuse, the eventual National Runner-up, in the tournament and Quadre Lollis, the 1996 Big Sky Most Valuable Player, remains in the NCAA West Regional record book for his field goal percentage. MSU finished the year 21-9. In just his fifth season as head coach, Durham and the Bobcats were 21-8 in 1994-95
Durham was named the 20th head coach of the Bobcat program, April 26, 1990, after he spent eight seasons as an assistant coach, 1982-90. Prior to his return to Montana State, Durham began his career as the boy’s basketball head coach at Shepherd High School, in Shepherd, Mont., for two years, 1980-82.
He graduated from Montana State with a bachelor’s degree in 1979 and a master’s degree in 1980 following a successful Bobcat career. The Three Forks, Mont., native played in nine games as a freshman in 1975-76, then started the remainder of his career. Durham finished his career with 901 total points and 362 assists. Durham is fourth in MSU history in assists and free throw percentage (.816), and he ranked second in both categories when he graduated.
He and his wife, Donna, have three children, Casey, Mikaela and Kobey.