Weese resigns Zias coaching position

CNJ file photo Linden Weese resigned Tuesday after five years as the ENMU women’s basketball coach.

Dave Wagner

Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese tendered his resignation on Tuesday after five seasons at the school.

The Zias finished their 2010-11 season on Saturday at 5-21 (3-11 Lone Star Conference South Division) with a 69-68 loss to rival West Texas A&M at Greyhound Arena, ENMU’s fourth one-point loss of the season. The Zias led the Lady Buffs for much of the game, only to have it slip away in the final seconds.

Weese declined comment on Tuesday except to say that he has no plans to return to coaching and that he and his wife, Gay, expect to return to Lubbock to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Weese spent 23 seasons (1982-2005) as an assistant coach at Texas Tech.

The Zias were 41-95 under Weese, including 13-53 in the South Division. In his first season, ENMU went 14-12 overall, recovering from an 0-7 start in the South to finish 5-9, but the program has not reached double figures in wins since then.

Athletic director Jeff Geiser said Weese’s resignation letter was received on Tuesday. He declined comment on whether Weese had been asked to resign.

“Coach Weese has handled this situation with total professionalism,” Geiser said. “He’s stuck up for his student-athletes when things got tough. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Geiser said the school is beginning the process of finding a successor. He said that no timetable has been set, noting the position will have to remain open for a time.

“We’re getting the ball rolling,” he said. “Now’s the time when the best prospects are out there, so we want to get it filled as soon as possible.”

Fast facts
ENMU women’s basketball under Linden Weese (LSC South record in parentheses):
2006-07 14-12 (5-9)
2007-08 5-22 (2-12)
2008-09 9-21 (0-12)
2009-10 8-19 (3-9)
2010-11 5-21 (3-11)