The New Mexico State athletic department recently introduced a new secondary logo and accent color to the Aggies’ branding, both of which pay homage to the past.
“As we looked to strengthen our identity as the state school in New Mexico, we found inspiration in our archives for a wordmark that encompasses the message we wanted to put forward: We are New Mexico State,” athletic director Mario Moccia said in a statement.
The new secondary logo first appeared on the New Mexico State basketball team’s uniforms in the late-1970s, and was used on vintage apparel and throwback uniforms during the 2019-20 season. It replaces the standalone Pistol Pete head in the Aggies’ logo set (rather than the primary logo as the video above suggests).
New Mexico State also brought back turquoise as an accent color as a nod to the state gem. It was an integral part of the Aggies’ uniforms from the 1970s through the 1990s, and will now complement the university’s maroon and white color scheme.
Located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, New Mexico State competes in the Western Athletic Conference in all sports except football, in which the program is a Football Bowl Subdivision Independent. The Aggies field 16 varsity sports, and have notably reached the Men’s Final Four (1970) and Women’s College World Series (1981).
Photos via New Mexico State University.