NMSU's Menzies Adds Daeche and Laird to Staff
New Mexico State men's basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has announced the hiring of Josh Daeche as video coordinator and Preston Laird as graduate assistant.
"Josh brings a lot of experience in the video coordinator position," Menzies said. "I know a lot of the people he has worked with in his tenure as a coach and video coordinator, and everyone raves about his ability and his potential as a coach someday."
Daeche arrived in Las Cruces following a stint at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as video coordinator and academic coordinator. He spent three years at Memphis as the video coordinator. Daeche helped the Tigers to three postseason appearances including two NCAA Tournaments (2011 and 2012) and one NIT berth (2010).
Prior to Memphis, he was an assistant coach at The Patterson School in Lenior, N.C. for the 2008-09 season. He helped the Bulldogs to a 34-3 record and a No. 1 national ranking for the majority of the season. Daeche worked at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., for three years, 2005-08, as an assistant coach. He helped direct the Crusaders to a pair of prep national titles in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Daeche earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in American studies from Penn State in 2001, along with another bachelor's degree in political science in 2004.
"In the brief time, Preston has been here on campus working with the coaches, they all have good things to say about his work ethic and passion as well as his enthusiasm for the game," Menzies said. "I'm pleased to add Preston and complete our staff for the season."
Laird joined the Aggies after a four-year playing career at Memphis from 2008-12. The Memphis, Tenn., native played under John Calipari and Josh Pastner, and he was a member of Tiger teams that played in three NCAA Tournaments in 2009, 2011 and 2012 with a Sweet 16 appearance in 2009. Laird and the Tigers also made one NIT appearance in 2010. He was a part of three Conference USA Tournament Championships and two C-USA regular season titles.
Laird was named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll four times in 2009-12. He graduated with honors from Memphis with a bachelor's degree in communication in May 2012.