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Walters and Felz Join Lobo Men’s Basketball Staff

by Steve Kirkland

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The New Mexico men’s basketball program announced Wednesday the additions of two new members of the staff. Danny Walters has joined the program as video coordinator and Ben Felz has joined the sports medicine staff as the athletic trainer for men’s basketball.

Walters comes to New Mexico after serving as the video coordinator at South Alabama for the past two seasons. Felz arrives after two seasons as an assistant athletic trainer at Northern Kentucky.

While at South Alabama, Walters helped the Jaguars to a 21-win season in 2021-22, the program’s highest win total in 14 years. USA won the Las Vegas Classic and reached the semifinals of The Basketball Classic during Walters’ second season as the program’s video coordinator. In 2020-21, South Alabama posted 17 wins during Walters’ first season with the Jaguars.

From 2017-20, Walters was a student manager with the men’s basketball program at Texas A&M. His three seasons as a manager were highlighted by a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2018.

A native of Houston, Walters graduated from Texas A&M in 2020 with a degree in Sports Management. He earned a Master’s in Sports Management from South Alabama in 2022.

While at NKU, Felz worked with the men’s basketball and men’s and women’s golf programs. From 2013-2020, he served as an assistant athletic trainer at Minnesota, managing the sports medicine of the men’s basketball program and the mascots, including seven seasons working with head coach Richard Pitino.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Felz graduated from Eastern Kentucky in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. While in college, he completed to NFL summer internships with the Seattle Seahawks (2008, 2009). After college, he spent two years as an assistant athletic trainer at Pikeville College before returning to school at Louisville, where he graduated in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology with a concentration in strength and conditioning. While at Louisville, Felz assisted in medical coverage with the Cardinals’ men’s basketball and women’s volleyball programs.

In addition to being a NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer, he also holds a certification as a Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.