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UNM Athletics Announces Softball Leadership Change

by Frank Mercogliano

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Vice President/Director of Athletics Eddie Nuñez has announced a change in the leadership for the Lobo Softball program.  Dr. Paula Congleton, who has served as the head coach for UNM since June of 2017, will not have her contract renewed and the program will have a new leader for the 2023 season.

“I appreciate the hard work that Paula put in over the past five years as our head coach,” said Nuñez.  “As an alum she has worked hard to help improve our facility and reconnect with past alumni, but in order to keep moving the program forward, a change in leadership is needed.”

Overall, Congleton led UNM to a 73-158 overall record (.316) and a 25-71 Mountain West mark (.260) over her five seasons.  Her best season was this past one as UNM went 26-27 overall and finished 6-18 in the league as UNM finished last in the nine-team Mountain West.

Nuñez has stated that a national search for UNM’s sixth softball coach in program history will begin immediately.

                                   All-Time Lobo Coaching Records

Coach Years (seasons) W L T Win %
Susan Craig 1978-2002 (25) 650 572 2 .531
Kim Newbern 2003-2006 (4) 94 137 1 .407
Ty Singleton 2007-2010 (4) 69 123 0 .359
Erica Beach 2011-2017 (7) 155 204 0 .432
Dr. Paula Congleton 2018-2022 (5) 73 158 0 .316
Totals (45 seasons) 1,041 1,194 3 .466