LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – Staffing process for 2022-23 continued Friday for NM State’s head men’s basketball coach Greg Heier.
In an announcement made by Heiar, the Aggies freshman bench boss has added Chad Donley to his team as NM State’s director of basketball operations.
“I’m really excited to announce that Chad Donley will be our Director of Basketball Operations,” Heiar said. “I have known him for a long time and have worked with him for the past two years. He has a great work ethic, knowledge of the game, ability to build real relationships with players and an understanding of myself. in addition to his laid-back, “cool as the other side of a pillow” personality.
“He was instrumental in helping us win the national championship last year at Northwest Florida State College. Aggie fans are going to love being around Chad and he’s going to love it here at Las Cruces. I’m thrilled to working with Chad again.”
Already familiar with Heiar, Donley served as an assistant coach on Heiar’s staff at Northwest Florida State in 2021-22. There, Donley helped the Raiders win the NJCAA Division I national championship less than a decade after playing for the institution.
“I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to follow Greg Heier to NM State and join their coaching staff,” Donley remarked. NM State is a special place because of the winning tradition and incredible community support for the basketball program. I am thrilled to ‘calling Las Cruces my home. Thanks to Coach Heiar and NM State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia for this opportunity and I can’t wait to get to work!”
Donley’s coaching career began in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he was installed as a graduate assistant on then-head coach Steve Forbes’ staff at East Tennessee State in 2015 to 2017. During Donley’s two-year tenure, ETSU had 51 wins, appeared in two Southern Conference Tournament (SoCON) title games, and made the cut for the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
Immediately following his two-year run on the Forbes staff at East Tennessee State, Donley landed his first full-time assistant coaching job in his home state. For the 2017-18 season, the Baker, Fla. native helped Pensacola State College to a 17-12 record. For the next two seasons, Donley served as an assistant coach at Daytona State (2018-20) before returning to Johnson City, Tennessee, to serve as director of basketball operations for East Tennessee State in 2020-21.
His affiliation with Northwest Florida State began in 2011-12 when he played for then head coach Steve Forbes at the institution in Niceville, Florida. Donley started 33 of the Raiders’ 34 games and helped lead them to a 32-2 mark and a berth in the NJCAA Division I National Championship Game.
A 2014 Liberty University graduate, Donley played for the Flames for two seasons (2012-13 and 2013-14) and appeared in 47 games for them at the end of his lone season at Northwest Florida State. With Donley in their corner, the Flames captured the 2013 Big South Tournament crown and made the cut for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Donley ended his college career in 2014-15 by joining the Ohio Valley Conference team Morehead State.
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