NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – When he learned he would be named coach of U19 Canada for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Latvia, Paul Weir was elated. This is his second time. The former University of New Mexico basketball coach was on the coaching staff for the 2017 gold medalist team that won it all in Egypt.
“It’s amazing how much that ended my career as Lobo,” Weir said. “I did this before I started coaching Lobo and now I’m doing it after I coached Lobo.” While Weir is excited to lead a team at the basketball cup, he’s not very excited about the challenges COVID-19 could present.
In his final season in New Mexico, Weir and his Lobos battled for a 6-16 season played entirely on the road, due to COVID-19 restrictions in the state. The disease is still a problem in other countries. “When the United States and New Mexico were fighting COVID. It’s still happening in other parts of the world, ”Weir said. “So there is one element that I am going back to that I am not too passionate about. ”
The FIBA Basketball World Cup takes place July 3-11.
In other sports news, The Albuquerque Isotopes failed to save a split with the Las Vegas Aviators on Tuesday. Despite three home runs, the Isotopes lost 5-4 to the Aviators. Isotopes skipper Warren Schaeffer said despite the loss his team had improved their game.
“I feel like we’re playing good man. I feel like we’re about to put it all together, throw and hit, ”Schaeffer said. The 9-21 Isotopes will be back on the road for 12 games. The first leg of the trip begins in Salt Lake City on Thursday.
Finally, the Cleveland Storm softball team improved to 15-2, 5-0 in District 1-5A after beating Cibola 19-5 on Tuesday to give head coach Shane Shallenberger his 300th victory in the career.