UNM Lobos Make 2013-2014 MW All-Conference Team
The Mountain West announced the 2013-2014 swimming and diving All-Conference team and for a second season in a row the Lobos had a total of seven athletes make the list. All-Conference selections are awarded to the top eight finishers in the individual events and top three relay team finishers at the MW Championships.
Kunio Kono joined the University of New Mexico as the new swimming and diving head coach on June 26, making him only the fourth head coach in the programs history.
Kono comes to UNM after speding the last nine years with the Rebels of UNLV. During his time at UNLV he helped the mens team to seven consecutive Mountain West conference championships before the team was runner up in 2011-2012 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
While at UNLV he guided the Rebels mens and womens sprint groups and coached 16 swimmers to 46 All-America citations. Over the past five years he sent several swimmers to the World University Games, World Cup, Pan Pacific Championships, Pan American Games, the European Championships and six swimmers to the last three Olympic Games in Athens (2004), Beijing (08) and London (12).
Aimee Dunavant was hired as New Mexicos assistant swimming and diving coach in June 2013. She will serve as the Lobos recruiting coordinator while handling almuni relations and community service. Dunavant brings with her seven years of coaching experience, the past five being at the Division I level.
She spent the past three years in the same position at the University of Northern Colorado. While with the Bears, she helped coach 11 All-Conference swimmers and one NCAA B-standard qualifier. Northern Colorado was also the recipient of numerous College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Academic All-American team awards.
Prior to her time with the Bears, Dunavant served in the same position with the Purple Aces of Evansville University in Evansville, Ind., from 2008-2010. While Dunavant was on staff, the Purple Aces had nine athletes named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team and nine All-MVC Scholar Athletes. She assisted in recruiting and managed the teams travel, as well as other day-to-day office duties.