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Aggie Athletics Notes ...


Football: NM State’s annual spring game is 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Two sides will be selected by “draft,” then the scrimmage begins. Players will be available for autographs after the game. Gates open at 6 p.m. and admission is free.

Softball: The Aggies host UT-Arlington in a trio of weekend WAC games Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, at the NM State Softball Complex. Friday is a doubleheader with games at 4 and 6:30 p.m. The Saturday game starts at 1 p.m. NM State is 18-19 on the season and 7-8 in conference play

Baseball: NM State hits the road for Tarleton with a three-game weekend series against the WAC opponent.

The Aggies improved to 7-11 in conference play by sweeping three games against Stephen F. Austin April 14-16 at Presley Askew Field.

During the series, Nolan Funke hit three homers, and Keith Jones II and Preston Godfrey each hit two. The one Godfrey hit Saturday night was a walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the game 11-9.

After dropping a non-conference home game 13-0 to the University of New Mexico April 18, the Aggies are 9-23 overall.

Men’s Basketball: New Aggie Coach Jason Hooten has hired an associate head coach and two assistant coaches.

Associate Head Coach Kenneth Mangrum spent the last five seasons at Troy University in Alabama, where he was an assistant coach for three years and served the last two as associate head coach under Scott Cross. Prior to that, he was an assistant for one year at Texas Southern and for four years at UT-Arlington. He originally met Hooten when he spent one year as an assistant at Sam Houston, where Hooten was head coach. His first collegiate job was at Angelo State as an assistant for six years. Before that, he coached high school basketball in Athens, Texas. Mangrum earned his master’s degree and played collegiately at North Texas.

Assistant coach Zach Settembre has coached at Tarleton, Coastal Carolina, Tallahassee Community College and Kentucky Wesleyan. He has coached at the high school level and, as a student, was a manager for Syracuse basketball under Jim Boeheim.

Assistant coach Payne Andrus has coached at Sam Houston and Weatherford (Texas) College. He played collegiately at Navy and at Mid-American University of the Nazarene.