VB: Long-time New Mexico State assistant coach retires

Courtesy: NMStateSports.com

New Mexico State volleyball associate head coach Keith Rubio has announced his retirement after 10 seasons in Las Cruces.

“It’s been great to be a small part of a legendary coach and program and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time as an AGGIE.” Rubio said. “I’ve learned a great deal about coaching and about how to treat people you’re working with on a daily basis from Mike Jordan. Mike is a genius with respect to making a square peg fit in a round hole and I’ve never worked with or been exposed to any individual as gifted as Mike with respect to managing and working to get individuals to perform at their best. It’s been an honor for me and I’m humbled and grateful for my time spent as an AGGIE!”

Rubio started his career as a volunteer assistant at USC from 1996-98 before heading to Boise State where he served as a first assistant for the Broncos from 1998-2001. He then served as the assistant head coach at Oregon from 2002-03 where he served as the Duck’s recruiting coordinator and camp director.

Following his time in Eugene, the CSU Northridge alum was the head coach at Quincy University from 2004-10 before joining the Aggie bench for the 2011 season.

During his tenure with the Aggies, Rubio was essential to recruiting, scouting and player development. Rubio was on the Aggie bench for 208 wins, five regular-season WAC Championships, five WAC Tournament Championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances.

In his 10 seasons on the Aggie sideline, he coached 12 First Team All-WAC honorees, four WAC Players of the Year, four AVCA All-Region honorable mentions, four AVCA All-Region honorees and three AVCA All-Americans.

“The last 10 years working with Keith have been great,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “He’s been such a pro, a great friend and mentor to everyone in our program. I can’t thank him enough and I’m really happy he gets to work on his golf game full time.”