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 garnered national attention as the Aggies 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.
During his first season in College Station, A&M was recognized as one of the nation’s top athletic departments by finishing a school-record fifth in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup
The football team captured the national limelight when they beat No. 1-ranked and eventual national champion Alabama on the road. The Aggies were 11-2 overall and 6-2 in the SEC as they finished 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, several Aggies won individual SEC Championships in cross country, indoor track and field, swimming, and outdoor track and field.
Hyman was named the Texas A&M Director of Athletics by University President Dr. R. Bowen Loftin on June 30, 2012. The school officially joined the Southeastern Conference on July 1, 2012.
He hit the ground running in College Station 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 project is set for completion in time for the start of the 2015 season.
When he was not watching his student-athletes excel in competition, Hyman spent part of his first year on the job building his own management team while casting a vision for Texas A&M Athletics and initiating a comprehensive strategic plan, as well as a facilities master plan.
Meanwhile, Hyman’s focus on academics for student-athletes shined. His goal is to prepare each Texas A&M student-athlete academically to become leaders off the playing field/courts.
Hyman’s seven years as the Athletic Director at South Carolina helped accelerate Texas A&M’s transition into the SEC. His experience combined with long established relationships inside and outside the league were a tremendous asset for the first-year success of the Aggies.
At South Carolina, Hyman led the school to national prominence when the Gamecocks won their first national championships with back-to-back titles in baseball (2010 & 2011). A skilled administrator who has overseen outstanding academic success in his programs, Hyman had the SEC’s 2012 H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar Athlete of the Year in Gamecock pitcher Michael Roth.
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 Athletics Director of the Year and was also selected as the Division I-A West Regional Athletics 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 Athletics 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.
During the 2011-12 academic year, Hyman’s South Carolina football team set a school record for most wins in a season with 11; the women’s basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16; the women’s soccer team was crowned SEC regular season champions; the women’s golf team captured the East Regional title and finished fifth at the NCAA Championships; and the baseball team was the national runner-up at the College World Series. In addition, both men and women’s soccer, tennis, golf, and track and field advanced to the postseason. Since January 2010, Carolina had posted wins over eight top-ranked teams in four sports: Alabama in football, Kentucky in men’s basketball, Arizona State, Florida, Vanderbilt and Virginia in baseball and Georgia and Auburn in equestrian.
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. Hyman successfully guided the department through a football seat donation initiative, which, along with philanthropic gifts and money guaranteed through the television agreement, provided the financial resources to place Gamecock facilities equal to and above the standards of their SEC rivals.
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. In addition, the athletic training room, locker room, coaches’ locker room, players’ lounge and entryway at Williams-Brice Stadium have all received major upgrades. Men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms were renovated along with the coaches’ offices. Major suite renovations took place at Williams-Brice following the successful addition of the Champion Club suites. Upon Hyman’s arrival the stadium was dressed up with graphics and recognition of record-holding players. In addition, 2012 saw the Farmers’ Market converted into a football parking lot and tailgate area for the fans, while a new state-of-the-art video board was added to enhance the stadium’s atmosphere. Renovations also began at the softball and track facilities.
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. Gamecock student-athletes concluded the 2011-12 academic year posting their highest departmental grade point average. The GPA for the fall semester (3.202) was the highest ever and the GPA for the spring semester (3.196) was the second highest. In addition, South Carolina’s APR scores continually improved under Hyman’s watch, with all 19 of the university’s countable sports posting a multi-year score of 950 or better in the latest report.
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 athletic facilities. He directed a three-phase building plan that completely renovated the athletic 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 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.
Pauline is a native of North Carolina and also has her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and did some post-graduate work at South Carolina in the early 1980s. Pauline played college basketball, taught sociology and psychology and served as a college administrator. She also developed and taught the NCAA Life Skills course and various seminars for student-athletes at both Miami University and TCU. At South Carolina, she taught the Etiquette Seminar in the Gamecocks’ Life Skills course and assisted with other seminars in preparing the student-athletes for their futures, such as the Dress for Success and Networking and Interviewing seminars.
Eric and Pauline have a daughter and son-in-law, Corrine and Michael Quast (Texas A&M, 2004). They also have a son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Carolyn Hyman who have an infant grandaughter, Stella Hyman.
THE HYMAN FILE
- Born: Oct. 9, 1950
- Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
- Wife: Pauline
- Children: Corrine and Ryan
- North Carolina, bachelor’s degree in education, 1973
- Furman, master’s degree in education administration, 1975
Athletics Work History
- 2012-: Texas A&M (AD)
- 2005-12: South Carolina (AD)
- 1998-05: TCU (AD)
- 1995-98: Miami (OH) (AD)
- 1990-95: North Carolina State (Executive Associate AD)
- 1984-90: VMI (AD)
- 1982-84: Furman (Associate AD)
- 1973-84: Furman (Football Coach)
- 1970-72: North Carolina (Football)