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Coach Childress Receives Contract Extension

October 31, 2013
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Aggie Baseball Head Coach Rob Childress was one of four head coaches to be approved for a contract extension following today’s meeting of the A&M System Board of Regents.

Texas A&M will extend Childress’ existing contract by two years through the 2018 season.

"I am excited about the opportunity we have here heading into the future,” Childress said. “I'm thankful for the confidence that Eric Hyman and the Board of Regents have in this program and their belief in the direction we are taking Aggie Baseball. I'm proud of the work that we have done here."

In addition to Childress’ contract, the University announced that it will augment the contracts of women’s basketball coach Gary Blair, volleyball coach Laurie Corbelli and track and field coach Pat Henry. The Board authorized Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin to execute the coaches’ respective employment contracts in conjunction with Director of Athletics Eric Hyman.

 “We have a tremendous team of coaches here at Texas A&M, and I appreciate the Regents and Dr. Loftin working with us to ensure our continued success in these sports,” Hyman said. “Our coaches are great ambassadors for Texas A&M, and I am proud of their efforts not only in competition, but in building champions among our student-athletes across all aspects of their lives.”

Childress enters his ninth season at the helm of Texas A&M’s baseball program, having led the Aggies to seven NCAA Regional appearances, three NCAA Regional titles and a College World Series appearance in 2011. He has guided the Aggies to two conference regular-season championships and three conference tournament titles, while being named conference coach of the year twice. Childress played a key role in the redevelopment of Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park, which is noted as one of the finest collegiate baseball facilities in the country.

“As a member of the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee, I have had the opportunity to interact with many coaches across the country,” Hyman said. “A common theme is that Rob Childress is one of college baseball’s most-respected coaches. You have to look no further than seven NCAA appearances over his eight years at Texas A&M and a recent trip to the College World Series.”

Texas A&M is coming off the best athletics season in school history – the Aggies’ first in the Southeastern Conference – by finishing fifth in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.

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