Weir Adds Two More to New Mexico Men’s Basketball Staff

Head Lobo men’s basketball coach Paul Weir has announced the addition of two more staff members for the 2017-18 season. Joining the staff will be former Lobo basketball great David Chiotti and Evan Orzolek.

Chiotti, joins the Lobos as Director of Player Development. He played four seasons for the Lobos from 2002-06 under former head coach Ritchie McKay. He was a three-time All-Mountain West selection and helped guide the Lobos to a MW Tournament Championship in 2005.

Among the program, Chiotti was the ninth player in school history with over 1,100 points and 600 rebounds. He led the team in field goal percentage in all four seasons as a Lobo. He ranks 20th all-time on UNM’s scoring list and became the Lobos’ 23rd player to break the 1,000-point barrier.

Following his collegiate career, Chiotti played professional basketball overseas from 2007-14. During that span, he played for three different teams. His performances also helped him earn a spot on the Italian National Team.

“David worked our camps this summer and demonstrated great passion for Lobo basketball,” Weir said. “His past experiences will be a valuable resource to our current student-athletes. We also want all of our former players to know that if coaching is something they would like to pursue – we are always open to exploring those opportunities.”

Orzolek, a Midlothian, Virginia native, comes to the New Mexico staff as the Lobos’ video coordinator after a brief stint as a graduate assistant at South Florida. He played basketball at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York, and finished with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing.

In his high school career at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine, Orzolek scored 1,000 points and led the league in three-pointers. He was also a two-time district champion.

“Evan is a bright young coach who will drastically increase our technology capability in the program,” said Weir. “His commitment to his craft is perfect for our needs right now. We look forward to his much-needed contributions and the ability for him to grow his career here.”

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