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The Return of Bronco Mendenhall: Appointed as Head Coach for University of New Mexico Football


The Return of Bronco Mendenhall: Appointed as Head Coach for University of New Mexico Football

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Mendenhall Returns to Lead Lobo Football, Aiming for Elevated Success in the Football Venture

The University of New Mexico proudly introduces Bronco Mendenhall as the newly appointed head football coach, marking a noteworthy achievement for the Lobos’ football program. Mendenhall, an experienced coach with an outstanding track record, is poised to bring his extensive experience and leadership to steer the team towards a new era of triumph.

Bronco Mendenhall, formerly leading football programs at Virginia and BYU, holds an impressive coaching career with a 135-81 record and 14 bowl appearances over 17 seasons. His comeback to the Lobos represents a kind of homecoming, given that Mendenhall previously served as the defensive coordinator for Rocky Long’s Lobos from 1998 to 2002. During this tenure, Mendenhall and Long pioneered the renowned 3-3-5 defense, which played a pivotal role in shaping the “Loboback” position, a fusion of linebacker and safety.

Lobo enthusiasts share a special affinity with Mendenhall, acknowledging his pivotal role in the inception of the Loboback concept. Notably, Brian Urlacher, a legendary figure in UNM football, emerged from this defensive strategy, attaining a first-round draft pick accolade and having his jersey number 44 retired by the University of New Mexico.

Mendenhall’s dedication to the Lobos is validated with a five-year agreement, and he is resolute in leading the team to its first victorious season since 2016. The University of New Mexico anticipates a reinvigorated sense of fervor and competitiveness under Mendenhall’s tutelage as he assumes his position as head football coach.

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