May 31, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The National Champion Texas A&M women's basketball coach Gary Blair will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Houston Astros baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, June 10 at 7:05 p.m. at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Aggie Night at the stadium includes specially priced tickets. Simply log on to Astros.com/aggie and use the password AGGIE. Fans that purchase Aggie Night tickets will receive a one-of-a-kind Aggie Maroon Astros Cap and $2 from each ticket sold will benefit The Howdy Club, Houston A&M Club and Reveille Club.
In his eighth season as head coach, Blair guided Aggie women's hoops to its first national championship in the program's first ever trip to the NCAA women's Final Four. His athletic roots, however, started in baseball. Blair was an all-city baseball player at Dallas' Bryan Adams High School and also played a season of baseball at Texas Tech where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1972 and his master's degree in 1974.
The all-time winningest women's basketball coach in school history, Blair has helped Texas A&M attain a school-record six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, a program-best No. 1 ranking in the national polls and a school-record 33 wins in the 2010-11 season.
As one of the winningest active Division I coaches in the women's game today, Blair is also one of only three all-time NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches to lead at least two different teams to the NCAA Women's Final Four. He currently ranks in the top 20 in career victories and in the top 30 by winning percentage among active Division I coaches with an impressive 596-242 overall record (.711).