Chris Jans is getting another chance to be the head coach at the college level thanks to the New Mexico State basketball team.
According to NBC Sports, the 48-year old coach was named as the successor to Paul Weir, who left the program after only one season to coach the Aggies.
Jans steps in as the coach of at team that went an impressive 28-6 last season and made its fifth tournament appearance in six years.
Jans was once a coach on the rise, and is likely viewing this as his second chance. After being named as the head coach of the Bowling Green State Falcons for the 2014-15 season, Jans was fired after video of him slapping a woman’s behind at a bar surfaced online.
In his lone season as coach, though, Jans led the Falcons to a 21-12 season, the first 20+ win season in Bowling Green in over a decade at the time.
The Falcons were 12-20 the previous year, 16-18 the following year.
The Aggies are hoping that Jans is able to keep his face off the internet (and his unsolicited hands off women’s butts), and provide the stability at the head coaching position that the school so badly desires.
Jans will be the third head coach in as many years at New Mexico State, and the fear is that uncertainty at the top of the leadership totem will eventually erode a program that is relatively nouveau riche and looking to make deeper runs into the March tournament.
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