Bob Davie left the press box in late 2011 for a chance to coach a New Mexico program that had tanked quickly under Mike Locksley. After one year, the university has decided to extend Davie’s contract by two years.
In a release, UNM announced that Davie has agreed to coach the Lobos through the 2019 season. However, Davie’s salary will remain the same.
“We are excited about the direction of the Lobo football program on and off the field under coach Davie,” Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs said in a statement. “We are committed in building a program that will bring out pride in our fans. We believe, more strongly than ever, that coach Davie is the right man to guide our program toward that end, and the extension will help preserve the future growth of the program.”
The Lobos went 4-9 last year under Davie, a significant improvement when you consider that New Mexico won just two games total under Locksley, who was fired shortly into his third year with the program. New Mexico struggled down the stretch last season by losing their last six games and failing to make much of a dent in Mountain West conference play, but a few of those loses could easily have flipped in UNM’s favor.
“Since I have been at the University of New Mexico, Paul Krebs and our administration have provided us with great support,” Davie said. “I would also like to thank President Robert Frank and our Board of Regents. I appreciate the confidence they have shown in our coaching staff and the direction we are headed with this extension. We are all committed and excited about the future of Lobo football.”