COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M University will augment the contracts of four head coaches – Gary Blair (women’s basketball), Rob Childress (baseball), Laurie Corbelli (volleyball) and Pat Henry (track and field) – following today’s meeting of the A&M System Board of Regents.
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.”
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.
Blair, who is entering his 11th season at Texas A&M, joined the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. Blair has led 19 teams to the NCAA Tournament during his career, including eight straight NCAA appearances at Texas A&M and winning a national championship in 2011. Blair is also one of only three coaches to take two teams to the Final Four. Last season, he led the Aggies to their first-ever SEC Tournament title. Blair’s new contract will extend five years through the 2018 season and will increase his supplemental pay over the next three years.
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. Texas A&M will extend Childress’ existing contract by two years through the 2018 season.
In the midst of her 21st season at Texas A&M, Corbelli has led the Aggies to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, including two regional finals and four regional semifinals. Texas A&M has 14 20-plus win seasons during her tenure, while finishing in the top-25 10 times. Last season, Texas A&M won the Western Division title in its first SEC season with a 16-4 conference mark – placing second overall – and a 25-6 overall ledger. Corbelli’s contract will extend an additional three years through 2017, with her compensation increasing to rank among the top five of SEC coaches.
A track and field legend, Henry has led Texas A&M to seven NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships over the past five years, including the men’s national title in the 2013 season. Entering his 10th season at Texas A&M, Henry became the first coach in NCAA history to win three consecutive men’s and women’s outdoor national champions during the Aggies’ dual “three-peat” from 2009-11. Henry has won 34 national team championships during his 27-year collegiate coaching career, ranking third all-time among NCAA coaches in any sport. Henry will receive additional supplemental pay annually as part of his existing contract, which runs through 2019.