Zias make changes on women’s basketball staff

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PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese has announced changes to the Zias’ coaching staff for the 2007-08 season.

Graduate assistant Austin Durrett has been promoted to fulltime assistant coach to replace Haley White, Weese said. White, who came to ENMU as a grad assistant in 2004 and was Weese’s top assistant last season, is moving with her husband, Josh, an ENMU football assistant who has taken a coaching position in California.

Symbri Tuttle, a recent graduate of McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, is joining the staff as the graduate assistant.

Durrett will help coordinate day-to-day workouts and recruiting, as well as helping with game day preparation, Weese said.

Tuttle is No. 3 in career assists in NCAA Division III history and the all-time leader in the American Southwest Conference. She averaged 7.3 points and led Division III with 7.9 assists per game last season, when McMurry went 24-5 and earned a bid to the Division III tournament.

Her primary responsibility, Weese said, will be working with the guards.

“I’m really excited about Symbri coming in here,” Weese said. “She will be very good for our program.”

The Zias posted a 14-12 overall record last season, Weese’s first at the helm, and recovered from an 0-7 start to finish 5-9 in the Lone Star Conference South Division.