New Mexico women's basketball head coach retires

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico officials confirmed Monday that women's basketball head coach Don Flanagan is retiring.

Flanagan is the most successful coach in the history of the New Mexico women's program. He posted a 340-168 record in 16 seasons, took the Lobos to the NCAA Tournament eight times and won a handful of conference championships.

Flanagan had one year left on a four-year contract extension. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Flanagan made the decision after five freshman players informed him of their intentions to quit the team.

Flanagan told the newspaper he was gearing up for next season but that changed when players started leaving. He said it wasn't fair to the program for him to stay and recruit multiple players with just one year left on his contract.