According to ESPN's Jeff Goldman, Nebraska assistant coach Chris Harriman has accepted the Associate Head Coach position at New Mexico. Harriman has been at Nebraska for he past three seasons, coming over from Saint Louis when Tim Miles took the position in Lincoln.
Tremendous hire for Craig Neal at New Mexico -- sources told ESPN he will bring on Nebraska's Chris Harriman as his associate head coach.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 19, 2015
Harriman was instrumental in the recruitment of Tai Webster and recently signed Jack McVeigh. Harriman, a native of Australia was able to secure the New Zealand and Aussie recruits with his connections in the region. The loss will be big for the Huskers who will have now replaced every assistant that came over when Miles was hired. Last season Craig Smith took the Head Coaching job at South Dakota. Ben Johnson left for Minnesota after just one year at Nebraska.
Harriman may have been best known for his son, Avery, who has battled Leukemia three times. This past season, the #AveryStrong movement gathered a lot of attention, including at the Michigan State game last January. The entire Red Zone wore the yellow and orange shirts to join the cause and help raise awareness for cancer research and encourage fans to join the bone marrow registry.