College Football Notes: ENMU Extends Hiatt For 2 Years

Tye Hiatt

Eastern New Mexico University football coach Tye Hiatt, who was hired in April 2021, has been given a two-year extension that pays $100,000 a year, ENMU announced Monday.

Hiatt, who went 4-7 in his first season with the Greyhounds, led ENMU to victories over Adams State, Lincoln, Western New Mexico and North American. Prior to ENMU, Hiatt was the offensive coordinator at NCAA Division II Shepherd University in West Virginia.

“Our coaching staff will continue to work day and night to build on the great tradition of Greyhound Football,” Hiatt said in a press release. “With signing day approaching and winter practice underway, our team is eager to get back on the pitch.”

The Greyhounds are expected to announce their incoming signing class on February 2 and will begin spring training on March 30.

“Coach Hiatt has done nothing but impress us with his class, dedication and expertise,” said ENMU Sports Director Dr. Paul Weir in a press release. “Greyhound Football is synonymous with the brand of our great spirit and it is our duty to represent it with the greatest success. This new contract symbolizes our faith in him. We look forward to seeing him build our football program and in turn give him the resources and tools to make it happen.”

NEW MEXICO STATE: NMSU Monday announced its 2022 football schedule, its first under new head coach Jerry Kill.

The Aggies play the team’s highest number of home games (six) since 2014, as well as road dates with three Power Five opponents.

They will host on October 15 to rival New Mexico.

NMSU will receive a $1.4 million guarantee for a game in Wisconsin (September 17) and $1.6 million from Missouri (November 19). The Aggies’ former school of Kill, Minnesota (September 1) is a 2013 return game at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Aggie Memorial Stadium will serve as the site of Kill’s inaugural game as New Mexico State Head Coach against Nevada for a one-week no-match matchup on August 27.

NMMI: Joe Ta’ase, the freshman offensive of the New Mexico Military Institute, has pledged to play for Louisiana Tech, he announced on Twitter Monday.

Ta’ase, of Melbourne, Australia, helped NMMI to its first National Junior College Athletic Association Division I championship last month.

He was named to the NJCAA Division I All-America Second Team.

UNM OFFER: Volcano Vista High senior linebacker Tyler Martinez has been offered a preferential offer to play at the University of New Mexico, he announced on Twitter Monday.

Martinez, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, was named the 6A Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to the Journal’s All-Metro first team. He finished with 145 tackles, including seven sacks and two fumbles for the Hawks.

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