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West Texas A&M Director of Athletics Michael McBroom announced Monday that Mike Nesbitt has been named head coach of the Buffalo football team at a press conference in the Buffalo Club Room of the First United Bank Center.
"Mike Nesbitt earned this opportunity," McBroom said. "I can't say enough about the job he did this year, as well as the work Stephen Lee, Nick Paremski, Brett Watson and Joel Hinton and the entire support staff of graduate assistants and student assistants have done in leading our team to the national quarterfinals. There are a lot of outstanding football coaches out there, but it is my decision that there is not a better fit for West Texas A&M than Mike. I believe in his leadership and his ability to recruit, to coach and manage our football program on and off the field."
Nesbitt served as interim head coach this season after former football head coach Don Carthel was relieved of his duties on Aug. 22. Nesbitt had been serving as assistant head coach prior to being named interim head coach.
"First of all, I would like to thank Dr. O'Brien and Mr. McBroom for this opportunity and for their continued support," Nesbitt said. "I am very excited for the future of this football program and am proud to be a part of this outstanding institution."
Under Nesbitt's guidance, the Buffs went 11-3 overall and 4-2 in the Lone Star Conference this season and earned a berth in their second consecutive NCAA playoff and seventh overall, all in the last nine years. The Buffs reached the quarterfinal round of the NCAA playoffs for the second time in as many seasons. They were the only team in the nation to be in the quarterfinals in both 2012 and 2013. WT opened the 2013 season with five consecutive wins and won a hard-fought 19-12 victory at Midwestern State in the regular season finale to earn a berth in the NCAA playoffs.
"I believe in his vision and the positive changes we will make to broaden our success and continue to make WT a special place for very talented student-athletes," McBroom added. "I am as excited about the future of our football program as I have ever been. Our team is in great hands, and our community is going to enjoy getting to know Mike and his wife Camille. They are both incredibly special and positive people."
The #6 Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M dropped the opening set but rebounded for their 13th overall and second straight South Central Regional Championship on Saturday night as they topped the #20 Belles of Angelo State in four sets (22-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-16) at the WTAMU Fieldhouse in Canyon. The Lady Buffs move to 34-3 overall this season and they advance to the NCAA Division-II Elite Eight.
"Angelo demonstrated last night what we needed to do to win, this is such a good rivalry that it doesn't matter how many sets each team played last night that it was going to be a dog fight" said WT head coach Jason Skoach. "I thought we had some girls really rise to the occasion and take control of the match, the crowd was great tonight and they have been all season."
The NCAA Division II Elite Eight will be held next weekend at U.S. Cellular Center Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Lady Buffs will take on LIU-Post who swept New Haven in the East Regional Finals.
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