NMJC Board Approves Lohrey as Men's Basketball Coach
5/27/2015 8:18:12 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.
The Board of Directors of New Mexico Junior College, at its monthly board meeting Tuesday, May 26, approved the promotion of Brian Lohrey to the position of Men’s Head Basketball Coach. Lohrey was previously NMJC’s Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach. He becomes the 8th men’s head basketball coach in NMJC’s 50 year history.
“Brian has proven himself for the last three years in being a leader for our men’s basketball team,” states Jeremy Capo, NMJC Athletic Director. “He is a great mentor for the student-athletes, and understands the goals of NMJC in helping these students academically and on the court, to be the best they can be. I am proud that Brian continues to be part of our team, in an even bigger role than before.”
Lohrey says: “This is a wonderful opportunity for me, and I am thrilled the Board, President McCleery and AD Capo have the confidence in me to lead these student-athletes as head coach. New Mexico Junior College has been my home for three years, and I am honored and privileged to be involved with a college that believes in helping students succeed.”
During Lohrey’s tenure at NMJC, he has helped the Thunderbirds with a 77-23 win/loss tally, helping the team compete twice in the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament (NJCAA). In his first season, Lohrey helped guide the program to the Region V Championship, while securing the first national tournament appearance in 17 years. Approximately 20 players from NMJC have signed to Division 1 schools in the last three years, including conferences such as the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12, Atlantic 10, West Coast Conference, Mountain West Conference, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and the Summit.
NMJC’s Board also approved the promotion of Shaun Gutting as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach. Gutting joined the NMJC Thunderbirds in August 2013 as a volunteer assistant for the men’s basketball team. He has been pivotal in working with the student-athletes to guide them both on and off the court, plus assisting the team to reach the National play-offs. “The prospect of now being Assistant Coach is one I’ve dreamed of,” says Gutting. “I’m looking forward to working with the student-athletes in an even greater capacity than before.”
Lohrey and Gutting will be busy recruiting students from around the country, for the 2015-2016 season.
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ABOUT BRIAN LOHREY
Brian Lohrey arrived at New Mexico Junior College from Central Missouri where he served the UCM Mules as Assistant Coach. While he was at Central Missouri, the Mules were 64-23 and captured the 2010 and 2012 MIAA Conference Championships under the guidance of Head Coach Kim Anderson, the school’s all-time winningest coach.
Preceding his time at Central Missouri, Brian was also an assistant at Dallas Baptist University where he worked for Blake Flickner and had a hand in nearly every aspect of the program, including recruiting. He helped sign two Conference Freshmen of the Year winners in his first two seasons. In 2009, he helped lead the Patriots to their first NCAA tournament in school history.
Prior to his coaching career at DBU, he also played one season for the Patriots during graduate school. He was recognized with the Patriot award as a recognized leader of men's athletics, as well as an NCCAA Academic All-American (National Christian College Athletic Association). Before his time at DBU, Coach Lohrey played for the Colorado State University Rams and helped guide the team to the Mountain West Conference Tournament and the NCAA Tournament while earning the CSU Rams Leadership award.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Applied Human Science from CSU in 2005 and his masters in arts and Christian Education from Dallas Baptist University in 2007.
Brian lives in Hobbs with his wife Lyndsey and their sons, Malachi and Josiah.
ABOUT SHAUN GUTTING
Shaun Gutting was introduced as the Volunteer Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at New Mexico Junior College in August of 2013. Before NMJC, Gutting coached at Fort Collins High School in Colorado from 2011-2013. He was also the head coach for Rocky Mountain Fever AAU program from 2009-2012. Gutting previously served as the Head Student-Manager at Colorado State University from 2008-2011 under current Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles.
Gutting graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts.