Former Bowling Green head coach Chris Jans has been hired as the new head coach at New Mexico State. Jans has been a special assistant at Wichita State each of the last two seasons and was recently promoted to associate head coach under Gregg Marshall.
New Mexico State hired Paul Weir last offseason only to have him leave earlier this month for rival New Mexico. The Aggies won 28 games last season, the best single season win total in program history.
Jans has an extensive coaching resume, spending six seasons as a head coach at the junior college level and winning the NJCAA Division II National Championship with Kirkwood (IA) in 1998. At the Division I level, he has spent time as an assistant under Porter Moser at Illinois State and a total of nine seasons under Marshall at Wichita State.
His coaching career took a bit of a hit in March 2015, when he was fired by Bowling Green after being caught on video drunk in a campus bar making inappropriate comments towards a young woman. In his lone season at the school, Jans was 21-12 (11-7), leading the Falcons to the most wins in a season in school history. Following that incident, he returned to Wichita State as a special assistant coach.