COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M University will augment the contract of Pat Henry, head coach of men’s and women’s track and field, following the meeting of the A&M System Board of Regents last week. The Board authorized Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin to execute Henry’s employment contract in conjunction with Director of Athletics Eric Hyman.
A track and field coaching 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.
“I would like to thank Eric Hyman, President Loftin and the Board of Regents for their continued support,” Henry said. “My wife and I have enjoyed the opportunity and appreciate not only Texas A&M, but this community.
“Bill Byrnes’ commitment to excellence as well as Eric Hyman’s continued vision of success and push for premier athletic facilities makes A&M one of the best environments for coaches in the country. I would be remiss if I neglected to say that without a great staff we would never have had the successes this program has experienced. We will continue to work to be consistently successful on a national level and to represent Texas A&M with pride and dignity.”
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.
In track and field the Aggies claimed a seventh national title in the past five years when the men’s team won the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championship. The women’s team finished as NCAA Outdoor runner-up in 2013 after securing the SEC Outdoor team title.
“Pat Henry is one of the greatest coaches of all-time in any sport,” Hyman stated. “What his teams have accomplished throughout his career is simply off-the-charts. We are proud to have Pat leading our track and field program and look forward to Texas A&M’s continued success at the national level.”
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.