Although the newest member of the coaching staff, Nike McClure will have plenty of knowledge and experience to pass on to current and future Lobos both as a former player under head coach Mike Bradbury and as the new director of player development.
“Coming back to Albuquerque was a no-brainer,” McClure stated. “I am feeling humbled to join a staff with individuals who have the basketball minds of juggernauts. Having played for Mike Bradbury two years ago, I have a strong sense of loyalty to him and this program. Now I will take much pride in becoming a custodian of this institution. I hope to serve this team well while sharing and growing my knowledge of the game. I cannot wait to see familiar faces in The Pit… there is no place like home.”
Well known to Lobo fans, McClure was named to the Mountain West All-Defensive Team during the 2018-19 season after leading the conference with 67 blocked shots and an average of 2.2 a game, while adding 6.8 rebounds per game. McClure’s 67 blocks ranks fifth all-time in single-season blocks at UNM.
Furthermore, McClure accounted for nine of UNM’s 14 team blocks against Oklahoma on Nov. 28, 2018, with the 14 tying the second-highest total in program history. McClure’s nine blocks ranked third all-time in single-game blocks for an individual.
After graduating from UNM, McClure went on to play overseas in Portugal for CAB Madeira as well as the Anorthosis Basketball Club in Cyprus, where she averaged 16.3 ppg, 17.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.2 spg, 2.3 bpg.
“Nike was a natural fit for anything that has to do with the players and player development,” Bradbury stated upon her hiring. “Her personality and enthusiasm are infectious for everybody that she’s around and it’s great that we were able to get her to come back.”