Paul Weir and New Mexico agree to part ways at the end of the 2020-21 season

New Mexico men’s basketball head coach Paul Weir will part ways with the Lobos at the end of the 2020-21 season. Scott Forman/The Lair

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The University of New Mexico athletics program and men’s basketball head coach Paul Weir agreed to part ways at the conclusion of the 2020-21 season, the school announced on Friday night.

“While this year has certainly been challenging for Coach Weir, his staff, and our student-athletes, after evaluating the overall program, it is the appropriate time for a new beginning,” read Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez’ statement. “I want to thank Paul and his family for their commitment and service to New Mexico and we wish them the very best in the future.”

This is Weir’s fourth season with the Lobos. There have been a lot of ups and downs during his time at UNM, but the 2020-21 season has been by far the most challenging one. As of Feb. 26, New Mexico holds a 6-14 overall record and is 2-14 in the Mountain West conference. The Lobos will finish their regular season schedule on March 3 at Colorado State before heading to the MW Tournament in Las Vegas.

“This is the perfect time for a transition in Lobo Basketball,” read Weir’s statement. “I can’t imagine a more optimal epoch than now for all of us to embrace a fresh start.”

Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez will hold a virtual press conference on Saturday at 11am to discuss the change of leadership.

Click here for a look at Weir’s first three seasons with the Lobos.