McKay heads to Liberty, replaces Dunton

Updated: March 26, 2007, 12:38 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Former New Mexico coach Ritchie McKay was named the next head coach at Liberty University, the university announced.

"He brings with him a wealth of experience that will allow our basketball program to move to the highest level,'' Liberty athletics director Jeff Barber said.

Barber said officials at the evangelical Christian university were impressed by McKay's credentials.

McKay replaces Randy Dunton, who was fired after six seasons. McKay visited the Lynchburg, Va., campus over the weekend and lands a head coaching job just days after New Mexico held a news conference in Albuquerque to introduce McKay's replacement, Steve Alford.

McKay takes over a Liberty team that finished 14-17 overall, 8-6 in the Big South, two spots behind undefeated conference champion Winthrop.

This is McKay's first foray to the East Coast after working in the state of Washington and serving as a head coach at Portland State, Colorado State, Oregon State and New Mexico.

Terms of McKay's contract were not released.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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