New Mexico State hires Chris Jans as head coach
New Mexico State has found its new head coach with the hiring of Wichita State assistant coach Chris Jans, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.
The 48-year-old Jans was the head coach at Bowling Green for one season, leading the program to a 21-13 mark and CIT appearance in 2014-15, but he was fired after the season when video surfaced of him acting inappropriately while drunk at a campus bar.
Jans returned to Wichita State shortly after being fired and he was elevated to associate head coach under Gregg Marshall this year. While Jans obviously has some baggage with his past at Bowling Green, there is no questioning that he’s been apart of a lot of successful basketball teams over the last few seasons with his time with the Shockers.
Jans replaces former head coach Paul Weir, who spent one season with the Aggies before being hired by New Mexico this offseason. The Aggies badly need stability at head coach as Jans will be the program’s third head man in the last three seasons.