Open Announce

Russell and Risdon Added to Lobo Baseball Staff

by Alma Solis

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico baseball team and coach Tod Brown has announced two additions to their staff, hiring Lobo alum Lance Russell as the new director of operations and Matt Risdon as the volunteer coach.

Russell recently completed his final year of eligibility for the Lobos this past spring. He graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in July of 2021 and is working on completing his Master’s in Physical Education at the University of New Mexico. During the summer of 2020 and 2021, Russell was also the head coach for Five Star Performance Baseball.

The Flower Mound, Texas, native joined the Lobos in 2019 after two years at Howard College, a junior college in the NJCAAA Region 5 Division. After joining New Mexico, Russell went on to play three seasons, earning Mountain West All-Academic Team all three years. He notched 62 hits, 43 runs and 32 RBI as a clutch hitter in the Lobo lineup.

Risdon joins New Mexico after three years as the assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He has had two of his catchers sign professional contracts in his coaching career. He earned both his Bachelor’s of Exercise Science and Master’s in Sport Management from Western Illinois, where he played for two seasons.

The Mundelein, Illinois, native began his post-playing career at his alma mater of Western Illinois, first as the director of operations for a year. Shortly after that, he was named the graduate assistant coach as he pursued his master’s degree. Upon the completion of his degree, he stayed to become the volunteer assistant coach at Western Illinois, before the Leathernecks promoted him to a full-time assistant coach role for two seasons.

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