A national leader with Texas roots, Eric Hyman has led Texas A&M University to eye-opening success in the Southeastern Conference as Director of Athletics.
Combining his passion for placing the student-athlete first with his own experience as an Athletics Director in the SEC, Hyman’s leadership at Texas A&M has garnered national attention as the Aggies finished a school-record fifth in the 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup in his first season in Aggieland. Texas A&M followed with a 10th place finish in 2013-14.
Last season, Texas A&M won the NCAA National Championship in women’s outdoor track and field, while the men finished third. Texas A&M won SEC Championships in soccer and men’s track and field, and SEC Tournament titles in soccer and men’s tennis. Football coach Kevin Sumlin led the Aggies to a Chick-Fil-A Bowl win, while three players were selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
In 2012-13, Texas A&M captured the NCAA National Championship in men’s outdoor track and field while the women’s team finished second. The school won SEC Championships in women’s tennis and women’s outdoor track while the women’s basketball team won the SEC Tournament during the school’s first year of membership in 2012-13. Also, the women’s tennis team played for the NCAA Championship finishing as the runner-up. Meanwhile, four of Hyman’s teams won SEC West titles during the inaugural season as soccer, volleyball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis turned heads in the league.
The football team refocused most the nation’s eyes on Aggieland when the Aggies defeated No. 1-ranked and eventual national champion Alabama on the road. Texas A&M finished 11-2 overall and 6-2 in the SEC, finishing No. 5 nationally after winning the AT&T Cotton Bowl over former league foe Oklahoma.
The most notable individual achievement by a student-athlete during Hyman’s first year in Aggieland came when quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the prestigious Heisman Trophy. Along the way, Aggies won 24 individual SEC Championships in cross country, indoor track and field, swimming, and outdoor track and field, as well as seven NCAA individual titles.
Hyman’s focus on academics for student-athletes continues to shine as more than 100 Aggies were named to the 2013-14 SEC Academic Honor Roll. His goal is to prepare each Texas A&M student-athlete academically to become leaders off the playing field/courts through a robust academics and life skills program.
Hyman was named the Texas A&M Director of Athletics on June 30, 2012. The school officially joined the Southeastern Conference on July 1, 2012.
He immediately hit the ground running, taking a lead role in the $450 million redevelopment of Texas A&M’s football stadium – Kyle Field. The project is the largest stadium redevelopment in college football history. With an aggressive two-year timeline, the 102,512-seat stadium project is set for completion in time for the start of the 2015 season.
Hyman also initiated a comprehensive strategic plan for Texas A&M’s Athletics Department, which includes a facilities master plan. Recently completed facilities include the Davis Player Development Center for Aggie Football ($9 million), R.C. Slocum Nutrition Center ($12 million), the Lohman Center for Aggie Football ($4 million) Ellis Field at Aggie Soccer Complex ($1 million), the Thomas G. Hildebrand DVM ’56 Equine Complex, and the Player Development Center-West Campus. Other projects in the planning stages include a new softball stadium and outdoor track and field stadium.
Prior to arriving at Texas A&M, Hyman’s spent seven years as the Athletics Director at the University of South Carolina and led the school to national prominence when the Gamecocks won their first national championships with back-to-back titles in baseball (2010 & 2011). His hiring of successful head coaches, the development of a $200 million master plan of facilities, and the school’s first athletics capital campaign took South Carolina Athletics to new heights.
Under Hyman’s tenure, the Carolina Stadium state-of-the-art baseball facility opened in the spring of 2009; the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center opened in February 2010; followed closely by an adjacent parking garage and tennis center. The Rice Athletics Center coaches’ support building opened in June 2012. Off the field, South Carolina student-athletes combined to surpass the 3.0 grade point average plateau for 11 consecutive semesters and were regularly among the leaders in the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Hyman went to South Carolina from TCU, where he served as the athletics director from 1998-2005. Under his direction, TCU reached new heights across the board, from number of conference wins, NCAA tournament appearances, bowl appearances, national rankings and academic success to having a Heisman Trophy finalist, LaDainian Tomlinson. As TCU’s athletics director, Hyman worked diligently to improve athletics facilities. He directed a three-phase building plan that completely renovated the athletics department’s facilities and provided the foundation for the recent Frogs’ successes.
Prior to his stint in Fort Worth, Hyman was the Athletics Director at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and VMI in Lexington, Va. He also served as Executive Associate Athletics Director at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., and Associate Athletics Director at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. Prior to becoming an administrator, he coached football at Furman University for nine years under Art Baker and Dick Sheridan.
Hyman has developed an outstanding reputation as a leader among his peers. He was named the 2003-04 Street and Smith’s Business Journal National Athletic Director of the Year and was also selected as the Division I-A West Regional Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
In September 2008, he assumed the duties as President of the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association. More recently, he was named to the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee and was selected as the 2010-11 Under Armour Southeast Region Athletic Director of the Year by NACDA.
Hyman has been a featured speaker at numerous conventions, including the NCAA Champions Forum, to speak on diversity issues in athletics; and the American Football Coaches’ Association, to guide aspiring assistant coaches on how to become a head coach. He is also a regular presenter at the Division I-A Athletic Directors Institute.
Hyman graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was an all-ACC football player, on the Dean’s list and selected for the Hula Bowl. He signed with the New Orleans Saints.
Hyman earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Furman in 1975. He and his wife, Pauline, together coached the women’s basketball team at North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C., leading the team to national rankings in the 1970s.
Eric and Pauline, have a daughter and son-in-law, Corrine and Michael Quast (Texas A&M, 2004) who are parents to a son, Cartwright Quast. They also have a son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Carolyn Hyman who have a daughter, Stella Hyman.