State Notes 06-08-11

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Durham resigns at NMSU, accepts job in Alaska

LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State University men’s basketball assistant coach Mick Durham has resigned from his position with the Aggies to return to the head coaching ranks at Alaska Fairbanks.
Durham spent the last three seasons on the Aggie sidelines helping NMSU to a WAC Tournament Championships and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009-10.
“I’m extremely happy for Mick and his family that this opportunity came his way,” Aggie head coach Marvin Menzies said. “I think it bodes well for our program to be able to have guys advance their careers.”
In his tenure at NMSU, Durham helped the Aggies to a 55-44 overall record and 29-19 record in the WAC. In 2010-11, the squad set a school record with a 12-game WAC home win streak that dated back to the 2009-10 season.
The Aggies won their second WAC Tournament Championship in 2009-10 and made their 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament with a near upset of No. 12 Michigan State in the first round.
Durham joined the Aggies in 2008 after 16 years as the head coach at Montana State. He retired in 2006 with the second-most victories and second-longest coaching tenure in Golden Bobcats’ school history.

Ross, Hellebostad named Academic All-Americans for UNM’s Lobos

ALBUQUERQUE —  University of New Mexico men’s golfer Travis Ross and skier Tor-Hakon Hellebostad were named Capital One/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-Americans, becoming the third and fourth Lobos this year to earn Academic All-America honors.
Ross and Hellebostad are the first two First Team Academic All-Americans this season for the Lobos.
Hellebostad is a two-time All-American on the slopes who was named Third Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in 2010. At the UNM Scholar-Athlete Banquet in May of 2011, he was named UNM’s Scholar Athlete of the Year.
He is also a two-time Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association Scholar-Athlete as well, and led the Lobos to a 4th place finish at the NCAA Championships this season. He is a native of Nesoddtangen, Norway.
Ross graduated in May with a degree in finance, notching a 4.11 cumulative GPA. He’s a four-time Dean’s list recipient who was named a Division I Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar for the 2009-10 academic year.
He was also named a Mountain West Conference Scholar Athlete and Academic All-MWC last year.