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Sources: Western New Mexico hiring new head coach

Western New Mexico State has found its next head football coach.

Sources on Friday tell FootballScoop that Stephen F. Austin recruiting coordinator and offensive assistant Philip Vigil is accepting the position atop the

Vigil replaces Frank Tristan. Western New Mexico has gone just 2-21 since the start of the 2018 season.

The Mustangs played only one spring game during the pandemic-affected 2020-21 season and lost by 25 points.

Vigil has strong ties to the region. In addition to his past two years with the Lumberjacks, Vigil also has previous experience at Colorado-Mesa and Colorado School of Mines, as well as Fort Hays State.

A Colorado native who began his career at Mesa and finished up at Northwest Missouri State, Vigil also coached running backs at NWMS for two seasons.

Western New Mexico is scheduled to begin its fall 2021 season at Adams State University.

The Mustangs, who compete at the NCAA Division II level, are scheduled for their first home game Sept. 11, 2021, against Western Colorado University.