UTEP officially announces Rodney Terry at men’s basketball head coach

Rodney Terry

UTEP has officially announced Rodney Terry from Fresno State as the next UTEP men’s basketball coach.

Sources originally told CBS4 Monday morning that Terry would join the Miners.

UTEP officials said Terry’s hiring is subject to approval by the UT System Board of Regents, and that an introductory press conference is in the works.

“We are delighted to welcome Coach Terry to El Paso, and we’re excited about the future of UTEP Basketball under his leadership,” UTEP President Diana Natalicio said. “He’s enjoyed a very successful tenure as Fresno State’s head coach, and he’s well-known as an effective recruiter with deep ties to the Lone Star State. We look very much forward to bringing him back to Texas to usher in a new era of Miner Ball.”

Terry led Fresno State to the 2016 Mountain West Conference Tournament title and had three postseason bids in the last five years.

“We are very pleased to welcome Rodney Terry to the UTEP family,” director of athletics Jim Senter said. “He’s a great fit for us, with his Texas connections and his proven track record as a coach and recruiter. He’s a proven winner and will represent this proud program well.”

Terry, 49, guided the Bulldogs to a record of 126-108 in seven seasons as head coach (2011-18), including 20-win campaigns in four of the last five years. Fresno State compiled a 62-58 mark in Mountain West Conference play over the last seven years, with double-digit victories in each of the last four campaigns.

“I’m super excited about an unbelievable opportunity at the University of Texas at El Paso,” Terry said. “It’s a program that has experienced a very high level of success and has a great basketball tradition that I’m looking forward to building upon.”

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