UMKC announces new head coach for men’s basketball

Menzies returns to coaching after a two-year absence. (UMKC)

Cristian Martinez

The athletic departments has officially announced Marvin Menzies will serve as the new men’s basketball head coach following the departure of Billy Donlon.

Menzies started his career with Santa Monica Community College as an assistant head coach. He went on to work under Henry Bibby at the University of Southern California in his first NCAA position. After some brief stints with UNLV and Louisville, he finally found his first head coaching gig with New Mexico State.

Throughout nine years with the Aggies, he’s taken them to five NCAA tournaments and one NIT run. Menzies also totaled 198 wins and 111 loses, in addition to three WAC titles. During his time with New Mexico State, he took a once irrelevant and converted them into a WAC powerhouse. Some even consider him the best WAC head coach of the century.

In 2016, Menzies left to program to coach at UNLV. His success with the Aggies didn’t quite translate though. He was fired after only three seasons, going 48-48 and never taking the Runnin’ Rebels to the playoffs.

Menzies rebounded at Grand Canyon University, where he helped head coach and former NBA All-Star Dan Majerle. After going 13-17, he decided to take a break from coaching. After a two-year hiatus, he will make his return to basketball as the head coach of the Kansas City Roos.

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