PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University is planning five on-campus interviews seeking to fill its women’s basketball coaching position following the resignation of Linden Weese last month.
ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday that the finalists are Texas Woman’s assistant coach Michael Madrid, La Cueva girls basketball coach Abbie Carlson, Texas-Arlington women’s assistant Lindsey Wilson, Grayson County College (Texas) women’s coach Elena Lovato and Iowa Western Community College women’s coach Jim Turgeon.
Madrid, a Portales native and ENMU graduate, will have the first interview on Thursday, followed next week by Carlson on Monday, Wilson on Tuesday, Lovato on Wednesday and Turgeon on Thursday. Geiser, who said about 70 people applied for the position, is hoping to name a coach by the end of next week.
“I think we’ve got a really good pool,” he said. “We’ve covered the gamut, and they’re all good prospects, but I think the cream will eventually rise to the top.”
Madrid helped Texas Woman’s finish third in the Lone Star Conference North Division this year, and the Pioneers went on to claim the LSC tournament championship before losing in the first round of South Central regional competition to Northwest Missouri State. Prior to coming to TWU, he spent five years as a women’s assistant at Lubbock Christian.
Carlson has been the coach at La Cueva for five years. She is a former player at the University of New Mexico, where she earned All-Mountain West Conference recognition twice.
Wilson has spent the last five seasons at UTA. She played one season of college ball at Southeastern Oklahoma before transferring to Central Oklahoma for her final three campaigns.
Lovato is a New Mexico native, graduating from Rio Grande H.S. She played two years of college ball at West Texas A&M before transferring to Missouri Southern.
She led Grayson College, located in Sherman, Texas, to a fifth-place finish last month in the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament.
Turgeon has spent the last four years at Iowa Western, located in Council Bluffs, leading the Lady Reivers to a 28-3 record in 2010-11. In 11 seasons as a junior college women’s coach, his teams have compiled a record of 194-91.
Turgeon’s brother, Mark, is the men’s head coach at Texas A&M.