COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M University will augment the contract of women's basketball head coach Gary Blair following today's meeting of the A&M System Board of Regents.
The Board authorized Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin to execute Blair's employment contract in conjunction with Director of Athletics Eric Hyman.
"It's an incredible honor to have a Hall of Famer leading our women's basketball program," said Hyman. "Gary's tireless efforts and overall success have elevated women's basketball not only at Texas A&M, but across the country. This new contract and compensation package elevates Gary to among the nation's top coaches, which is certainly well-deserved."
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.
"I am thankful to the Texas A&M administration for sharing in our vision for Aggie Women's Basketball," said Blair. "The loyalty and commitment they have shown to me and my staff, ensures that we continue to remain one of the top programs in the country."
"As a young Texas guy at South Oak Cliff, I started coaching for my girls and a love of competing," added Blair. "All these years later, it is still about impacting the lives of young ladies. My competitive juices are still flowing and we are working to build champions on and off the court every single day."