Derek Warehime is out as New Mexico’s offensive coordinator.
Less than 24 hours after another frustrating performance by the Lobos offense in a 27-14 home loss to Wyoming, UNM head coach Danny Gonzales announced Warehime had been fired as offensive coordinator, and would be replaced on an interim basis by quarterbacks coach Heath Ridenour, who joined the Lobos staff last January after a highly successful tenure as Cleveland High’s head coach. Matt Clark will coach the tight ends.
In the last two games, losses to UNLV and Wyoming, the Lobos offense has started fast but sputtered badly over the final three quarters as the opposing defenses adjusted. Saturday, UNM was held scoreless in the second half by the Cowboys defense.
“I have made the decision for the direction of our program moving forward that this is the right time to make a change,” Gonzales said in a prepared statement released by the school.
Will a change in offensive coordinator lead to a change in UNM’s starting quarterback? Gonzales hinted at a possible change following Saturday night’s loss, saying he wasn’t sure Miles Kendrick gave the Lobos the best chance to win. JUCO transfer Justin Holaday, a 6-foot-3 signal caller from Fresno City Community College in California, attempted four passes and rushed six times for 28 yards against Wyoming.
Gonzales will hold a press conference Monday morning at 9 at the Lobos football complex to talk about the coaching change.
The Lobos step out of conference to take on rival New Mexico State on Saturday at 6 pm at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces. UNM’s next home game is against Fresno State on October 22. That game time will be announced on Monday.