La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)The University of New Mexico announced Tuesday that its men's basketball program has hired
head coach Alan Huss to serve as an assistant under Craig Neal.
Huss guided La Lumiere to an 86-22 record in four seasons at the school and finished the 2013-14 campaign ranked No. 14 nationally by MaxPreps.
Perhaps more importantly as it relates to his new position, Huss lured a long line of Division I-caliber talents to a school with no track record of basketball success on a national level.
"I've seen Alan as a great possible addition to our staff for some time now," Neal said via press release. "Now is the right time for him, and our program, to add Alan to the Lobo family. He is really going to help us in our recruiting efforts regionally and nationally. I think he's going to bring a lot of experience from being a head coach and building a program into a national power."
Huss will leave behind a team at La Lumiere that would have been his best-to-date from a talent perspective.
In addition to talented holdover guard Jalen Coleman
, the Lakers expect to welcome newcomers Davon Dillard
, Brandon Cyrus
and 6-foot-11 Isaac Humphries.
Earlier this week at the FIBA U17 World Championship, Humphries put up 41 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for Australia in a loss to Canada.
New Mexico's move continues a recent trend of college programs hiring successful high school coaches.
In June, Missouri brought on former Huntington St. Joseph Prep (Huntington, W.Va.)
head coach Rob Fulford. That move paid dividends quickly as the Tigers accepted a commitment earlier this month from Montaque Gill-Ceasar
, a prized wing player for Fulford in West Virginia.
UNLV also dipped into the high school ranks last year to hire Todd Simon, who spent several years as an assistant and one as head coach at Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
Huss will be replaced at La Lumiere by Shane Heirman, a former player at Tulsa who has served as an assistant in the program for the past three years.