By Dave Wagner
PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University acted quickly to fill its men’s soccer position.
Tyler Hart, 26, a former ENMU player who served as a graduate assistant for the team last season, was named the interim coach on Wednesday.
He replaces Harold Munoz, who recently resigned the position after spending six years as the Greyhounds’ head coach.
ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser said the school will open the position for a fulltime coach at the end of the season, and Hart could well be a candidate.
“I appreciate Tyler stepping up and helping us out in a tough situation,” Geiser said. “He’s been given a wonderful opportunity, so what he does with it is totally up to him.”
Geiser said the transition should be relatively smooth, since Hart knows all of the returning players and has been heavily involved in recruiting.
“I think the fact he’s been with Harold will help,” Geiser said. “My phone didn’t ring today with any player wanting to transfer, and that’s a good thing.”
Hart, who is originally from Toronto, said he has visited with everyone on this year’s squad and expects all to report for the start of practice in mid-August.
“I’m very lucky to have this opportunity,” he said. “I spent one year as a graduate assistant and one year (2010) as a volunteer assistant. I think I’d kind of earned Harold’s trust.”
Hart played in 60 games for the Hounds from 2006-09. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2011, and expects to complete work on his master’s degree in business administration this year.